Issue 7: Literacy

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Literacy: the ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate, and compute, using printed and written materials.


The Situation: by Katherine Struthers and Maura Carey

Originally, literacy was perceived as a strict dichotomy between being able to read and write, or being unable to do so. Today researchers, educators, and humanitarians see literacy as a continuum, involving multiple levels which describe the extent to which individuals can understand and use not just letters on a page, but numbers as well.

WBD: by Mathilda Shepard and Jessica Yoo

Rebel’s Literacy: by Sandra Menendez

When Fidel Castro rose to power in 1959, he claimed he would eradicate illiteracy within the nation in just over a year.

Women and Literacy: Is Reading Dangerous?: by Mary Donovan

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free,” said Frederick Douglass.

USA Highlight: Literature & Politics: by Emilio Esteban

This article explores the works of Thomas Paine and Henry Milner, and their effects on politics in the U.S.


– Check out Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville/Albermarle (LVCA) to tutor adults in the area through literacy and English as a second language classes.

– Help faculty research by working with PALS (Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening), a Curry School invention!
Teach for America! Apply for this competitive program to teach for two years in a low-income community.
– Become a member of The International Reading Association, which is dedicated to literacy by improving the quality of reading instruction, disseminating research and info about reading, and encouraging the lifetime reading habit.
– Wanna go global? Check out the World Literacy Foundation, which works to decrease illiteracy in impoverished locations.


Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

The Freedom Writer’s Diary by Zlata Fillopic

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