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Literacy 4-6

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Literacy 4-6

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Factors

Literacy 4-6

Students are growing as readers and writers.

Students are growing as readers and writers as they develop metacognitive skills—the ability to “think about their thinking”.

  • Metacognition allows students to self-monitor their learning such as deciding whether to reread a section of text they didn’t fully understand or changing their writing plan as they compose.

Supporting upper elementary students in maintaining their Motivation to read and write is critical to helping them improve, particularly for students who have weaker literacy skills.

Students are learning to compose more complex texts.

While students develop and strengthen their reading skills, they are also strengthening their writing skills.

Learning to compose different kinds of complex texts helps students build their Genre Knowledge and academic language.

  • Academic language is more sophisticated than the language we use in our everyday conversations. This language used in school and eventually in the workplace encompasses understanding and using discipline-specific Vocabulary and complex Syntax.

Technology is playing a bigger role in students’ lives and learning.

With technology, students’ Literacy Environment expands as they are increasingly exposed to the world outside their home and classroom.

  • Technology allows students to access and interact with multimodal academic and social resources such as websites, blogs, videos, and social media.

Increased technology use can have negative impacts as well.

  • Increased screen time, particularly before bedtime, is associated with poor Sleep, which can negatively affect students’ cognitive skills such as Working Memory.
  • Access to technology can also increase the chance for cyberbullying, affecting students’ sense of Safety and Emotion, which can lead to anxiety and depression. Encouraging mindfulness may support students’ mental health.

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Students are learning to compose more complex texts.

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Technology is playing a bigger role in students’ lives and learning.

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Students are growing as readers and writers.

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