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Proposed Literacies


Speaking, Arguing and Writing

The ability to explain a complex idea clearly, and to present an argument imaginatively and persuasively, in a classroom or at a public event.

The ability to write clear, precise, economical English prose; to construct cogent and well-supported arguments; to collect and evaluate information and use it to support arguments; to quote and cite sources properly with respect for the ideas of others; to use with skill the conventions of style, presentation and citation of one's major and minor disciplines.

The ability to use a language in addition to English as a resource for acquiring and sharing ideas and perspectives.

Understanding Texts and Media

Th ability to interpret written texts and visual media and to analyze critically both the aesthetic and cognitive significance of still and moving images.

Social, Cultural and Environmental

The ability to understand the role of language in shaping culture and values, and to gain deeper insights into the assumptions and concepts underlying one's own language and culture.

The ability to analyze the social constructions and cultural institutions which human beings have created, and their historical development and changes. The ability to understand the processes and methods used to construct and represent the past.

The ability to analyze both built and natural environments and to understand their interactions with human behavior.

Scientific and Quantitative

The ability to appreciate and employ the law-like perspective the scientific and mathematical community has developed to describe the universe, its events and its inhabitants. The ability to propose hypotheses and assess their soundness through careful observation, measurement, experimentation, and mathematical description.

The ability to reason effectively using quantitative information, and to use words, numbers, graphs, tables and simple equations as tools for argument and understanding.


The ability to analyze critically both information and the means of acquiring information, and to use current technology to carry out basic educational tasks such as writing, searching for information, and communicating with others. Sufficient comfort with technology to be able to adapt to changes over time.


The ability to respond with sophistication to one or more forms of art, including some experience as a maker or performer of art, and an understanding of the ways in which the experiences and phenomena defined as "art" vary from culture to culture, and over time.

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