The Importance of each of the following in children’sliteracy development (
reading, writing, listening and speaking
Critical literacy means to break down a text, reading with a knowledge of language and how itworks. By developing critical literacy skills, children are able to identify the author’s intentions behind a text. Critically literate children are able to see the specific word choice used, the choiceof personal pronouns, the style of writing used, they are able to hypothesise what will happennext, and they are able identify specific language techniques used; for example onomatopoeia,metaphors, and anthromorphism. They are able to do all this and then use that in their work.Wind in the Willows is a great example where children can see these techniques used and then, by reading the text and using their critical literacy skills, develop greater writing skills as they pick up ideas on sentence structure, develop greater vocabularies and carefully choose their words, for maximum effectiveness. Additionally with the improvement in their writing, their,speaking skills increase as they apply the new found vocabulary and articulate what they want tosay in a formal and confident way.Critical literacy also has the added bonus of creating a growing appreciation of a text. Whenchildren learn to read in a critical way, they delve deeper into the literature, and becomeconsumed by its fascination, when this happens children continue to read. When childrencontinue to read they absorb so many skills and like with practicing to ride a bike they improve,and their reading becomes more thorough and more efficient (increased reading pace), andalthough they are reading at a quicker pace their comprehension is improved, as they learn to sortthrough the information and retain the most important stuff.
Digital literacy is the ability to use digital technology, communication tools or networks to locate,evaluate, use and create information. Digital literacy makes literature more available, throughinternet articles, emails, online ads, poetry websites and more. Therefore with more exposure