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.
Read Schmar-Dobler, E. Reading on the Internet: The link between literacy and technology in Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy (2003, September, 47(1).
Read the off-site article Reading Comprehension on the Internet: Expanding Our Understanding of Reading Comprehension to Encompass New Literacies by Julie Coiro (Reading Online, 2003).
Some people think that literacy is about basic reading and writing skills, however literacy development continues through our lives.
Read Adolescent Literature and explore the importance of literacy-focused activities for adolescents.
Seek out tools and activities that will promote literacy.
A growing body of research is exploring the way students use technology in literacy lessons.
Read Children's Literacy Perceptions as They Authored with Hypermedia by Sandra K. Goetze in Meridian (Winter 2002) as an example of research in technology and literacy.
Regardless of your subject area interest, literacy is essential. Increasingly teachers are recognizing the importance of reading, writing, and technology across the curriculum.
Read Content Literacy and examine the importance of subject area literacy.
How would you encourage teachers outside the English department to incorporate literature into their classrooms?
Read Reading, Writing, and Technology: A Healthy Mix in the Social Studies Curriculum by Susan M. Tancock in Reading Online (2002, April, 5(8))
This section provides off-site links to general literacy and reading resources, literature websites, and technology resources.
Adolescent Literacy in the Content Areas
Resources for promoting adolescent literacy
America Reads: Guide to Literacy
Resources from Bank Street related to literacy development.
Critical Reading - A Guide
This guide discusses critical reading needs.
Explore reading and writing in the content areas. Explore adolescent literature and content literacy.
Online Books about Reading Strategies
Read online books about reading and literacy
Great online publication for related to new literacies.
Reading Programs that Work
This report from Milliken reviews reading programs from PK to grade 4.
SuperThinker from Enlighten Me
Focuses on literacy and thinking. Provides lots of materials for literacy, critical and creative thinking.
Websites with Links to Other Materials
Links and resources for elementary teachers and librarians
Lots of links to literacy websites.
Literacy Resource Links
This off-site link takes you to links by Katherine L. Schlick Noe
To Read Resources
Links to literacy resources for language arts and reading.
Articles from Reading Online
Explore issues related to technology integration through Teacher Tap.
- Brain-Based (Compatible) Learning
- Citing Sources
- Critical and Creative Thinking - Bloom's Taxonomy
- Graphical Organizers
- Project, Problem, and Inquiry-Based Learnin
- Student Project Assessment
- Teaching, Learning, and Technology Professional Development Resources
- Technology and Multiple Intelligence