Advanced Literacy

October 3, 2013

The intent of Advanced Literacy is to strengthen one's authentic literacy--the ability to read, write, speak, listen, and think effectively and purposefully.  Opportunities are provided for students to improve thoughtful reading, writing, and discussion, while developing reflective and analytical thinking.

Recently students have been utilizing literacy skills to study the connotation of words by examining the moral dilemma of whether one should or should not say the 'n' word.  In the examination, students found that the history of the word's use and/or origin is significant in understanding how the word may be misused or misunderstood in current times.   In addition, students have learned that one's cultural background can influence what words are considered acceptable for use and which are not.