Literacy is the ability to read, write, speak, and listen in meaningful and socially-acceptable ways. One who is able to do that is literate and those who can't are illiterate. Similarly, one can be computer literate or illiterate, depending upon the ability to use a computer. Questions about literacy are asked in this category.

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Children's Books

What was your favorite book growing up?

I was a huge fan of Judy Blume's "Fudge" series, especially "Superfudge", when I was in grade school. In junior high it was "Indiana Jones and the White Witch" by Martin Caidin. In high school I was too busy transcribing video game music to spend a lot of time reading, but I enjoyed a couple books I read in classes, mainly "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest".


What is a definition for literacy rate?

The literacy rate is the percentage of people with the ability to read and write.

English Language

What are some ways to help your child improve their reading and writing skills?


Children whose parents (or any significant adults) read to them are always better students than those who are not read to. Reading to your child exposes him/her to vocabulary, sentence structure, communication skills, and logic. Reading to them shares the joy of reading and storytelling. Reading to them also gives you quality time together, which strengthens your child-parent bond.

2. Encourage your child to read

Provide plenty of reading material that will interest your child - either buy books or take them to the library every few days. If your child is interested in dinosaurs, have books about dinosaurs in the house - both science or nonfiction books and fiction or storybooks, because reading is not just for fun, but also for information. Find out what your child's interests are, and provide books that feed those interests.

3. Help your child

If your child is having trouble reading, first make sure they do not have some sort of correctable problem like poor eyesight. Work with the school to test for learning disabilities like dyslexia, which can cause poor reading skills. Help your child learn vocabulary and spelling so that they can read better - you can either have regular Q&A sessions where you quiz them on vocabulary and spelling words, or you can make games like "Word of the Day" where you find fun ways to teach them new vocabulary words.

4. Set a regular time for schoolwork each day

This will also help with any school subject. Make a special place for them to do their work, someplace where they will not be distracted by TV, games, cellphones, computer chat rooms or IMs, or anything else. Have at least one hour daily (some children will need longer) during which homework is done - if they say they do not have homework, then they will use the time to read over their material. During this time, you can "assign" reading and writing practice also - have them read a section, then quiz them to be sure they understand what they have read. You can show them how to read for information, how to tell when a term is important in a textbook, and where to look for definitions and more help.

5. Make reading and writing fun

Again, if you use your child's interests, you will have more luck with this. Encourage your child to make up stories and write them down. Don't worry about spelling or grammar at first - just get them to start writing! Read what they have written if they want you to, and talk about their stories over the dinner table, or in the car. The more you encourage them to read and write, the more they will want to - notice I said "encourage" and not nag. The trick is to make it fun for them.

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  • there are lots of children's learning to read books you can purchase. firstly buy a book that your child can read with slight difficulty and once you help them master the words in that book buy the next book up to that one and do the same again and so on.
  • The best way to help a child learn to enjoy reading is to read with them! Helping them work up to more difficult books is a good way; you can also help by "quizzing" them on what they have read. "What do you think that means?" and "Why do you think that character did that?" are great ways to let you see how well they are understanding what they have read. You can also ask thought-provoking questions like "What do you think the characters are going to do now?" and "What do you think you would say to that character if you met them?" You can "quiz" your child on vocabulary words, or choose a new word to learn every day (remember to use that word as much as you can during that day) - there are even "Word-A-Day" calendars that you can buy! You can encourage your child to read more by choosing books on a topic that is really interesting to him or her - ask a librarian or bookstore employee to help you find lots of books about any subject!
  • The best way to help children read better is to have a home where reading is a part of life. Start out reading to the child, and let the child see you reading for enjoyment.
  • My sister is resource teacher for an elementary school. She said that the problem with younger children is that they think that a book is just a bunch of words that make no sense unless a parent/adult reads them aloud. Try getting your child to write down letters of alphabet. Explain that each letter has it's own sound and is different from all the other letters. Once he has understood what letters make what sounds try getting him to write words, then move onto sentences. After he's been working sentences for a while ask him to tell you a story. Write down the story he tells you then show it to him. Explain to him that he was the one who came up with that story. Then ask him to read the story.
  • Many popular children's cartoons come in book form. You can also try comic books. You can both take a trip to a local comic book store and let him choose something he likes to read (Make sure it's age appropriate).
  • Throw out your TV. A week without television has been shown to improve reading and attention span. Without a TV he will turn to books for the stories and stimulation he got from TV and movies. Reading improves with practice. As his reading improves you might consider bringing it back. But, you might find that your life is better without it. Set a good example and read every day yourself, read for fun.
  • try getting a tape recorder and have him read a book aloud being taped and then play the tape back to himself while reading the book of his choice.
  • I found that the good old PHONICS books helped me, as I was a poor reader. Once you get the sounds and spellings under your belt, just encourage reading without pressure and negative reinforcement. Keep it simple with a lot of praise for doing well (not "good job") if it's not. Don't be negative but also don't "overpraise" for non-performance. Make it fun. I teach mathmatics while having a great time bowling~! They do great and don't even realize they are learning math ( as well as turn-taking, sportsmanship etc...)
  • Years ago, I was a pregnant single mother with two toddlers and very few financial resources. However, I always made it clear to my children that I would buy them any book they wanted if there were something they were interested in reading about. If you make reading important and enjoyable, your children will do the same. Some tips that were useful for me were: 1. Read to him every night, preferably at the same time (Just before bed worked well for me) and keep it relatively short so he won't get bored. 2. Stop the story or the book at an interesting part, so that he'll look forward to the next night's story time. 3. Let him choose books on subjects that he is interested in and pick one day out of the week where he gets to read whatever he wants to you! 4. Make a trip to the bookstore fun and exciting...stop at the park first or get a treat afterwards. And it doesn't have to be Barnes & Noble...the book sections in thrift stores or the local Goodwill are wonderful sources. 5. Sports magazines are great resources to get a child interested in reading. 6. Let him look at the pages as you read. My youngest son was very interested in spiders, snakes and bugs around eight years of age and became something of an expert on reptiles because of all the reading he did. Your question indicates that you are aware of the importance of being a good reader so, you're halfway there already!!

What is IT literacy?

Information technology literacy is the full form of IT literacy. It implies that you should know the basic knowledge of modern technology as well as know how to use it. For example knowing how to use a computer is a simple IT literacy.

Literature and Language

What is example of reading books?

Picking up a book like The Odyssey and reading the words on the page. No offense but that is a really stupid question........


What is cultural mismatch?

Situation in which a child's home culture and the school culture hold conflicting expectations for the child's behavior.

Sentence and Word Structure

What is the last syllable but two in a word?

Antepenult is a word that fits this description.

Children's Books

What fraction of Indian adults are literate?


Where does illiteracy exist?

Countries with the lowest literacy rates (25% or less) include Chad, Mali and Burkina Faso.

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Academic Writing

How do you do reflect after reading?

To reflect on what you have been reading is simply to think about what you have been reading, and analyse what it might mean, and what significance it has to the world and to your own life, etc.


Are there times that writing can be taught before reading?

I would think you would have to be able to read before you can understand how to write the word.

Yes I agree to the above comment. I think reading should be started first as it will help you to have a know how about vocabulary, grammar and punctuation . As nowadays its very easy to buy, sell or rent text books on websites like,, and many more. So I think reading should be encourage as lot of opportunities are available these days and once there is grasp on some basic words then writing activities should be started.
When a student is more tactile and learns more by creating the letters - the reading process then can be a coincidental process rather than prior to writing.
No, reading is learned on the way while teaching writing. Go figure

No, because how can someone write something he/she deos not know or can read its Impossible.


What is Peru's literacy rate?

the ability to read and write

English Language
Learning Tips and Study Habits

How do you teach a 5 year old to read?

Read to the child every day. Emphasize teaching the sounds and names of letters. Teach writing and reading together to reinforce each other.


What are good describing words for grumpy old men?

obstinate and obtuse


How do you log in twitch's birthday on literacy planet?

Twitch 17856

Learning Theories

What does embraced mean?

-verb (used with object) take or clasp in the arms; press to the bosom; hug. take or receive gladly or eagerly; accept willingly: to embrace an idea. avail oneself of: to embrace an opportunity. adopt (a profession, a religion, etc.): to embrace Buddhism. take in with the eye or the mind. encircle; surround; enclose. include or contain: An encyclopedia embraces a great number of subjects.


What is the literacy rate in Kansas?

very high.. but not as high as ion Boston..

i think its like 97% - after all its in America

The Twilight Saga

Suggested reading books for developmental reading?

NOT Twilight. Get some Harry Potter books, they are much more accepted.

History, Politics & Society
Hong Kong

What is the literacy rate in Hong Kong?

The literacy rate, according to Wikipedia, in Hong Kong is 94.6%.

English Language

Where can you get the Holt Rinehart and Winston Proofreading Warmups for 7th and 8th grade?



Is literacy a way to fight poverty?

  • In many empirical research, education has been proved to increase general living standard and economic position of people and literacy is the first step towards getting that education.
  • A person who is more literate most likely has a higher education and will therefore enter into a higher paying job than the people who came before him, therefore combating poverty.
  • Literacy and education are essential if people want to succeed. Any types of jobs usually require educational degree and those who have had efficient amount of education are more likely to have jobs. by having jobs, there are wages and money that can support their living and improve their lives.

In many empirical research, education has been proved to increase general living standard and economic position of people and literacy is the first step towards getting that education.
Authors, Poets, and Playwrights

Did John and Anne Donne have Children?

yes. they had elevn children total, including stillbirths. seven of which outlived their mother, and the age of ten.

Newspapers and Magazines

What does it mean to be an active reader?

it means to be that person or thing out of that book your reading or to become involved in what you read

for instance Diary of a Wimpy kid you would have to put your self in his in his place in life is it true that you are well for in the book you are if you are an active reader.:>


How do you get a million dollars on literacy planet?

have 24000 or more on literacy planet


Why did western Europe have a high literacy rate?

I am just giving a general educated guess about though I think the reason why is that because Literature began in Europe back to the times of when Shakespeare was well known for his rich plays that involves a lot of beautiful words it develops, people started to value this way of languages to this day this is why I think Europe have a high literacy rate....I am sorry if I am wrong but I tried :)


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