Literacy Subject Overview in The Autism Helper Curriculum

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If you took my Roadmap to Reading Course, you know the definition of literacy! Literacy is reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Literacy involves so many components of what we do. Literacy is so important that we have 3 subjects for literacy in TAH Curriculum. We have Language Arts, Reading Comprehension, and Functional Literacy.

Language Arts

The Language Arts subject covers most major literacy concepts. This subject hits most of the essential and important things to know when it comes to reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Language Arts includes things like grammar, phonics, letter writing, wh- questions, and narrative writing. This subject has the most levels: Level 0.5, 1, 1.5, 2, 3, and 4.

Reading Comprehension

Reading Comprehension really extends and goes much more in-depth into the reading component of literacy. The end goal of reading is comprehension. Comprehension includes phonics, vocabulary, decoding, and fluency. The Reading Comprehension subject covers all of this in a streamlined and step by step way. All text passages in this subject were professionally leveled by Lexile. There is an extension component built in by including a core book concept in each unit to target in supplemental texts. Each level gets incrementally more complex in the passages included.

Functional Literacy

As we discussed in the previous post, Functional Literacy works on literacy concepts using real world texts. It applies the core concepts of literacy to things like a recipe, instructional manual, or transportation schedule.

Which one should I use?

You can use one or all. They were designed to compliment each other. Nothing will be redundant, rather extend or expand on concepts in the other subjects. Language Arts and Reading Comprehension pair extremely well together. I highly recommend using both to give in-depth literacy instruction. If you teach junior high or high school, you may want to add Functional Literacy in and do all 3 or use Functional Literacy and Reading Comprehension. See what works for your students!

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