The simplest definition for literacy is the ability to read and write, but in total there are four strands of literacy:
Literacy is about much more than reading books. We use our literacy skills every day of our lives. Here are a few examples:
- following road signs
- reading the newspaper
- filling in a job application
- checking your emails
- giving presentations
- using an instruction manual
- completing homework
- updating your Facebook status
- ordering from a menu
- listening to instructions in class
- texting a friend
- reading a bedtime story
Because of its important role in our daily life, our literacy skills affect our confidence, career prospects and social skills.
Why do you think Literacy is important?
Why is it especially important in the 21st century?
How do you use your Literacy skills in each of your subjects at school?
How do you use your Literacy skills outside of school?
Submit a short essay in the comments box below which answers these questions, try to think creatively about what Literacy means to you personally and how you feel Literacy skills impact on your learning.
Alternatively, you may want to submit a short video response which can be emailed or given to Ms Kirkwood in room 305.
Click on the below link for further details about the competition, including the closing date and prize: