The Importance Of Becoming Literate As An Effective Language Arts Program

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“Literacy unlocks the door to learning throughout life, is essential to development and health, and opens the way for democratic participation and active citizenship.” Kofi Annan Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan once described literacy as the key to lifelong learning. The concept of becoming literate has become a key trait that needs to be developed worldwide. Teachers are now looked upon as teachers of literacy, no longer teachers of reading. The strong need for literacy awareness has influenced the International Reading Association to officially change their title to the International Literacy Association. Furthermore, the International Literacy Association brought attention to the need for literacy instruction through their new cause statement, “transforming lives through literacy.” It is important for teachers to have a firm grasp of what literacy means and how to implement high-quality literacy instruction in their classroom to ensure success for all students. As the Reading Specialist for Woodbury Elementary School, I have been asked by the principal to build the staff’s understanding of an effective language arts program and how to embed classroom strategies to foster proficient literacy skills for our diverse student population. In this paper, I will define what literacy means, as well as include key components of a well-developed language arts program. I will also include literacy strategies that address a wide range of learners as the school’s population is

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