Theory to Practice: Literacy for Today and Tomorrow

Traditionally, literacy has been associated with the ability to read words on paper including books, newspapers, and job applications. In the 1991 National Literacy Act, Congress defined literacy as "an individual's ability to read, write, and speak in 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 one's knowledge and potential."
 
Today's literacy goes beyond paper to reading from computer screens and personal devices. New literacies include media, technology, information, and other critical literacies. Learn more about the new literacies in an article by Ladislaus Semali titled Defining New Literacies in Curricular Practice.
 
This page provides off-site links to general literacy and reading resources, literature websites, and technology resources.

 
General Literacy Resources
Literature Websites
New Literacies and Technology

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Updated by Annette Lamb, Nancy R. Smith, and Larry Johnson 6/99. Updated 05/05.