The Relationship Between Reading And Critical Literacy

by Terry Heick

Phonemic sensation is knowing that unrepealable reports make unrepealable sounds.

Phonemic sensation is knowing that sounds can tousle together in predictable and unpredictable ways.

Phonemic sensation is well-nigh loving the sounds that reports can make, then noticing worldwide patterns wideness symbols, media, and languages.

Phonemic sensation makes decoding possible.

Decoding is stuff worldly-wise to tousle sounds together to ‘make’ words you recognize.

Decoding is collecting as many words as possible into your ‘sight word bank’ to increase your reading speed and comprehension.

Decoding is recognizing worldwide word parts used in many words and using knowledge of those parts to predict the meaning of unfamiliar words.

Decoding enables well-appointed reading speeds and oral fluency.

Decoding makes literacy possible.

Literacy is well-nigh well-appointed reading speeds, sufficient preliminaries knowledge to make sense of embedded ideas, and syntax.

Literacy ways understanding that the order of words in a sentence affects meaning (and includes a vital grasp of grammar categories).

Literacy is well-nigh knowing how punctuation can enhance meaning.

Literacy is choosing to read a variety of pure texts and digital media for a variety of pure purposes.

Literacy is thinking well-nigh what you read without you’re done, then sharing what you read with others.

Literacy is, in part, reading important texts considering you want to, then using those ideas to inform your behavior.

When practiced well, literacy breaks lanugo who we were to create who we might become.

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Literacy makes hair-trigger literacy possible.

Critical literacy begins with stuff worldly-wise to decode a text, and then unriddle it for meaning, implicit and explicit themes, the relationship of a text to a given perspective, existing texts, biases, and so on.

Critical literacy is well-nigh a text and the motives of the people overdue the text. (Critical literacy might insist that authors cannot be separated from what they write in the same way as one’s ‘self’ should be seen as indistinguishable from one’s work.)

Critical literacy is moreover well-nigh understanding how what we read and slosh affects us. Hair-trigger literacy, then, suggests we wilt critical consumers of any given media. Think: What am I ‘consuming’, and what might I do as a result?

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Critical literacy, further, ways understanding the potential human value of a text or digital media–value to people rather than ‘literary canons’ and purely wonk pursuits.

Critical literacy ways understanding the relationship between seemingly disparate media forms (e.g., books, social media, music, etc) as examples of human expression.

Critical literacy is moreover well-nigh creating--writing, socially sharing, remixing, etc. (Reading and writing should be seen as two hemispheres of the same sphere.)

Critical literacy, now increasingly than ever, recognizes that human expression depends on prevailing local technology. As that technology changes, so do liaison patterns. One things impacts another.

Critical literacy makes cultural literacy possible.

Cultural literacy is, in part, well-nigh acquiring knowledge and perspective that helps us create that which is worth creating, and realizing that wordplay is variegated for everyone.

Cultural literacy can support cultivating genius, disrupting inequalities, creating sustainable systems, emphasizing our cultural memberships, and seeing our own role in the various natural, digital, and human ecologies we are a part of. (Digital citizenship, for example.)

Cultural literacy depends on our knowing who’s said what and why–which messages and themes and ideas persist within them. This ways we have to read, understand what we read, critically examine what we read, and use those lessons to inform our behavior.

To do this we have to segregate to read.

To segregate to read, we have to be worldly-wise and segregate to closely scrutinize texts and digital media.

To do this, we have to know what words mean–what they really, really mean.

To do this, we have to know that in digital media, modalities (e.g., light, color, sound) are symbols just like reports are symbols in texts, and these symbols–if we’re retrospective to those sounds and the possibilities–can transpiration the world.

Sounds lead to words, words lead to ideas, ideas lead to perspectives, perspectives lead to behavioral change, behavioral change–if washed-up critically–leads to a largest world.