21st Century Literacy
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Vision for 21st Century Literacy
Literacy Across the Disciplines
By developing a strong foundation in literacy skills across disciplines, students are empowered to engage critically with information sources as they access the world through every course in the Mercy curriculum.
These skills include engaging students in:
Independent engagement and close examination of complex texts are essential for the development of the critical thinking and stamina needed for 21st century literacy.
Research and Augmentation
Authentic research incorporates synthesis and evaluation of information sources representing multiple perspectives on a subject. Effective arguments in writing and conversation necessitate establishing an individual stance with valid reasoning and complelling supporting evidence.
Instruction in receptive and expressive vocabularly, with increased emphasis on academic vocabulary (Tier 2 vocabulary), facilitates comprehension and response to complex texts across disciplines.
Digital literacy requires proficiency in the use of technology as a tool to access and evaluate rapidly changing information. Technology facilitates teh expression and publication of ideas, as well as interaction and collaboration with others.