The basal reading approach is amethod of teaching reading to children.The programs name comes from the word"base" or "basic." It involves using a seriesof books, or readers, tailored to a specificreading level. Basal readers are typically highly organized. Stories are chosen to illustrate and develop specific skills, which are taught in a strict pre-determined sequence.
GOAL: To learn different reading skills systematically. CHARACTERISTICS: 1. Subskills of each major skill vary in difficulty and complexity and are introduced to the student in a logical, prescribed order.
2. These subskills are integrated into aninstructional program so that the studentcan interrelate them.3. Basal series are generally from grades 1to 6 (although some have pregrade 1). Atevery level, there are teachers manuals,workbooks, and testing materials toaccompany the basal text. Other materialssuch as supplementary readers, charts andfilms may be available.
4. The program identifies and introduces acontrolled vocabulary of new words inisolation and in context.5. Subsequent activities involve furtherskills development: word recognition,comprehension, and study skills.
6. Enrichment activities are designed to relatethe topic of the lesson to the visual arts, music,dance, or literature.7. Beginning reading methods may differ among the series: a. code-emphasis programs – emphasis on decoding skills, specifically phonics. b. meaning-emphasis programs – emphasis on reading for meaning or comprehension.
Reported by: Mary Jane Sakay &Divine Heidi G. CabiguinBSE – Major in English Irregular Students
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