Crash Course in Family Literacy Programs

Crash Course in Family Literacy Programs

Crash Course in Family Literacy Programs

Crash Course in Family Literacy Programs

Synopsis

This book collects the research on literacy, information regarding the importance of reading to children, sources of funding, and places to find information about literacy programs in the 50 states- all in a single volume.

Excerpt

“Literacy” traditionally means the ability to read and write. Reading and writing means recognizing words and being able to write words in a sentence. In the 21st century, literacy has taken on multiple meanings other than the ability to read and write. The National Literacy Act of 1991 defined literacy as “an individual’s ability to read, write, and speak English, and compute and solve problems at levels of proficiency necessary to function on the job and in society, to achieve one’s goals and develop ones’ knowledge and potential” (Wasik, 2004, p. 4). This definition encompasses many possibilities wrapped up in the word “literacy.” In 2005 the American Library Association adopted a literacy definition that is almost identical. For the purpose of understanding the possibilities of literacy and what it means to be literate, let’s view literacy through two lenses: stages of literary appreciation and know-how.

VIEWING LITERACY THROUGH SIX STAGES
OF LITERARY APPRECIATION

Viewing literacy through six stages of literary appreciation highlights the variety of needs, reading interests, and approaches unique to children, adolescents, and . . .

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