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Literacy
Literacy is the most essential part of successful learning. Children who do not have good literacy skills will struggle in all disciplines. All teachers, regardless of their field, are teachers of literacy. The definition of literacy changes and expands with our technology. It is generally defined as the ability to use language, numbers, images, and technology to communicate effectively. The key to literacy is reading. All educators must understand and teach the basic components of Developing Literacy. We must teach, discuss, and experience phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension strategies for understanding narrative text, poetry, informational text, and practical materials. We must embed these texts in all our curriculums. In writing we must teach, discuss, and experience composing sentences that make sense and organize ideas in a logical progression along with grammar, spelling and word formation. We must also provide quality writing prompts with diverse audiences and rubrics that help students write with accuracy and coherence in all disciplines. In Expanding Literacy, we must teach, discuss, and experience reading widely, critically, and frequently; literary elements, reading analytically, and writing with voice and control for a variety of reasons in all disciplines.