Center for Sound Literacy
A focused balanced literacy block based on the five components of reading
The Sound Reading Framework (SRF) is comprised of the five Building Blocks of Reading. Achieving a strong literacy level requires the mastery of phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. These building blocks are the essential components of establishing a strong literacy framework. SRF requires teachers to adhere to a 120 minute uninterrupted literacy block each day. During this literacy block, the essential building blocks are taught and reinforced through the use of teacher led small groups, literacy stations, as well as a portion of whole group learning time including interactive read alouds. The teacher led small groups are established by analyzing student data and grouping students based on individual needs. This small group instruction provides students with intense differentiation. The literacy stations are also differentiated based on student levels and provide students with rigorous literacy activities.
SRF utilizes a Synthetic Phonics program. Synthetic Phonics focuses on learning the 44 sounds in the English language and then learning the spelling of those sounds in a systematic and explicit manner. During the 120 minute reading block, a large emphasis is also placed on Phonemic Awareness, which is the ability to recognize and manipulate sounds in a word. These research based skills lead to strong predictors of reading success.
The framework was designed to provide literacy success for all students and as it grows, it continues to positively impact students and teachers.