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Four Blocks (Reading)

Beginning Reading

Four Blocks has limited evidence of effectiveness for beginning reading. The one qualifying study included in this review showed an effect size of +0.56.

Upper Elementary School

Four Blocks is not designed for upper elementary school reading.

Middle/High School

Four Blocks is not designed for middle/high school reading.

About Four Blocks

The Four Blocks literacy model is a professional development approach in which teachers in grades 1-3 use nonability-grouped, multi-level instruction. The four “blocks” of daily lessons are guided reading (comprehension), self-selected reading, writing, and working with words (decoding). Teachers receive extensive training in effective use of each of these elements.

More on this review

For more on the review of Four Blocks, read the BEE review of beginning reading.

More on Four Blocks

For more information on Four Blocks, visit www.four-blocks.com or e-mail webhelp@carsondellosa.com.

The Best Evidence Encyclopedia (BEE)

For other reviews of research on education programs, see the Best Evidence Encyclopedia homepage at www.bestevidence.org.

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