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Integrating Literacy Instruction

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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:

Complex texts
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.

Academic Vocabulary
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
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.


Resources to Support Literacy Instruction

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Focus - Mike Schmoker
ISBN: 9781416611301
Publication Date: 2011-01-01

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Instruction for All Students - Paula Rutherford
ISBN: 9780977779680
Publication Date: 2012-01-01

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Creating a Culture for Learning - Paula Rutherford; Brenda Kaylor (Contribution by); Heather Kwit (Contribution by); Julie McVicker (Contribution by); Bruce Oliver (Contribution by); Sherri Stephens-Carter (Contribution by); Theresa West (Contribution by)
ISBN: 9780983075608
Publication Date: 2011-07-22

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Strategies That Work - Stephanie Harvey; Anne Goudvis
ISBN: 9781571104816
Publication Date: 2007-01-01

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Total Literacy Techniques - PĂ©rsida Himmele; William Himmele; Keely Potter
ISBN: 9781416618836
Publication Date: 2014-07-03

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Literacy for the 21st Century - Gail E. Tompkins
ISBN: 9780132837798
Publication Date: 2013-04-05

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50 Literacy Strategies - Gail E. Tompkins
ISBN: 9780132944915
Publication Date: 2012-04-25


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