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When I think of the word literacy I think of the ability to read and write in a way that enables a person to function as a contributing member of society A couple of weeks ago I would have considered myself a very literate person However after reading the texts for this class this view of myself has changed I have become aware that there are many types of literacy existing in todays world These include textual literacy writing literacy oral literacy visual literacy and technological literacy Howard These five examples support the idea that the definition of the word literacy is very ambiguousLearning to read is a very exciting accomplishment in a persons education I can remember the first time that I read a bedtime story to my mother instead of her reading one to me I felt so proud and smart and wanted to read a lot more As I continued my education I developed a better understanding of reading which allowed me to read more difficult texts I learned that words mean nothing by themselves but as a text they represent a plethora of ideas A person needs to interpret and think about a text so that important ideas come forward They need to be taught to think critically or as the saying goes read between the lines According to Rebecca Howard a professor at Syracuse University in New York critical thinking involves the ability to make connections between a text and others that you have read- as well as connections between the text and what you have previously thought or experienced It also involves being open minded about what you have read and being respectful towards other peoples opinions Reading includes having the ability to interpret what you have read and being able to pick out the authors main points Therefore although being able to read The Cat in the Hat was a big achievement for me the actual process of
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