According to the International Reading Association, adolescent literacy is “understood as the ability to read, write, understand and interpret, and discuss multiple texts across multiple contexts.” The School District of Clayton supports our students’ journeys toward literacy through an integrated study of reading and writing, a passionate appreciation of the power of language, and a sensitive approach to the diverse world around us.
Listed below are the Enduring Understandings of the Literacy curriculum. These are statements that summarize important ideas and core processes that are central to a discipline and have lasting value beyond the classroom.
- Systems: Readers and writers understand that structures, conventions, and roles of language differ so that they can approach writing in different ways and for different purposes.
- Inquiry: Readers and writers ask questions to make sense of the world around them and challenge the status quo.
- Social Interaction: Reading and writing builds social connections to help us understand others’ perspectives and gain empathy to build both local and global communities.
- Personal Growth: Reading and writing empowers us to discover and explore our passions, to embrace ambiguity, and to persevere through challenging and complex texts to grow personally and intellectually.
- Aesthetics: Readers and writers benefit from exploring a wide range of texts to broaden their appreciation for language and to expand their ability to express themselves and inspire others.