Literacy Skills In Steinbeck's Of Mice And

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Literacy; the ability to read and write. Something that the world does daily, but the skills we acquire in order to do this develop over the course of our education. The awareness of sounds in language, variations in print and layout, relationships between words and sounds, vocabulary and spelling are all basic literacy skills that we have acquired in order to read and write.
My interest in this topic stemmed from my English lessons, when discussing the novels we were currently studying, I began to question why we read the works we do how they help us progress as literary analysts. *add more here* This topic is essential as literacy is integral to our daily lives and as a student, I find it important to question why the works that we study
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Teachers are often given a list of recommended or required works to be studied in class, but I will be investigating why perhaps these works are selected and which other works teachers have used. The actual development of language and literacy skills is a gradual one, as it takes most of our schooling years to progress, and one that involves many different aspects, there are a number of works selected to help. The works I have chosen, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck and George Orwell’s 1984, are both works that I have studied over the years, Of Mice and Men in Year 10 and 1984 last…show more content…
Before children learn to read and write, they must first acquire the ability to speak, listen, watch and understand. “Reading with children from an early age helps them develop a solid foundation for literacy.” Jeanne Chall, leading teacher, writer and researcher viewed the importance of the ‘direct, systematic instruction in reading’ Jeanne Chall’s book, Stages of Literacy Development, investigates the stages of children’s reading skills development and provides methods, for example phonics, in order to effectively encourage the process. The students must master one stage before they can move on to the next. The stages, in brief are: Stage 0 (pre-reading), between the ages of 6 months, or earlier, to 6 years; Stage 1 (initial reading or decoding), between the ages of 6-7 years; Stage 2 (confirmation and fluency), between the ages of 7 and 8; Stage 3 (reading for learning the new), between the ages of 9 and 13; Stage 4 (synthesis of information and applying multiple perspectives and viewpoints), ages between 14 and 18 years; finally, Stage 5 (a worldview, critical literacy in work and society), from 18 years old and onwards . At each stage, Chall states what may be happening to the child in terms of literacy and how parents and teachers can
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