Literacy Skills Focus In School Eviscerates True Literacy

Authentic Literacy Instruction

After three weeks of Oklahoma Writing Project Summer Institute training, a summer spent researching best practices for promoting literacy, and unpacking our new Oklahoma Academic Standards for English Language Arts, I am confident that I can lead my students down a path of authentic literacy, which requires we focus on BOTH reading and writing in meaningful, relevant, real-world projects.

I’ve written a research paper for the Oklahoma English Journal on how our new standards can promote authentic literacy — and how certain roadblocks exist that must be overcome in order for students to develop their full potential as literate citizens. If my paper is selected, I’ll let you know here this fall. If not, I will most likely publish the paper here. In the mean time, PL Thomas, Professor of Education at Forman University in South Carolina has verbalized many of the concerns I have. You can read his article here:

What are you doing in your class to promote authentic literacy?

About the author 

Michelle Boyd Waters, M.Ed.

I am a secondary English Language Arts teacher, a University of Oklahoma student working on my doctorate in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum with an concentration in English Education and co-Editor of the Oklahoma English Journal. I am constantly seeking ways to amplify students' voices and choices.

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