The 7 “R”s of High Impact Literacy: Relevance

#2: RELEVANCE // Upholds Instructional Individualization

Literacy is personal. While it’s a universally necessary skill, the way in which it’s learned, understood, applied, and appreciated is highly individual. Reading and writing at a school-age level are emotional modes of relating to the human experience and establishing a tone of self-expression. We believe that all learning is personal — but we know that literacy development takes that concept to a new level. Perhaps it’s literacy’s tie to the arts, or perhaps students pick up on the skill’s sheer importance, which, in turn, adds a layer of personal and cultural pressure. If you’ve ever watched a struggling reader furrow her brow in frustration and set her jaw with determination, or listened to an avid reader animately describe her favorite character in her favorite book, then you’ve seen it firsthand: the struggle, the experience, and the content itself is personal for each child.

It can be easy to forget this when teaching under a results-driven pedagogical framework to a classroom full of learners. And while there’s nothing wrong with striving for real, tangible results (we happen to advocate for just that), you’re truly not going to see those results in literacy unless you take the child’s personal relationship with reading and writing into account. But instead of allowing these competing factors and emotional influences to overwhelm your students, use their personal relationship with literacy to drive instruction. Tap into their needs and interests to make literacy relevant for all students. Each child has the potential to craft a unique voice, and to make that voice heard across curriculum and into adulthood. With the right tools, you can provide the kind of powerful english language arts curriculum that enables your students to develop their OWN literacy.


Personalized learning is the result of master teachers who know their students partnering with purpose-driven technology experts who know learning. You already have the teachers, now you need the systematic literacy instruction and technology. Our Literacy is for Life eBook outlines the 7 “R”’s of high impact literacy: crucial attributes of an effective curriculum strategy. Click here to download it now.

Sneak Peak // Tip from the Guide:

“Enhance motivation and engagement by offering high-interest reading materials.”
“Use texts that support the purpose of instruction and communicate the purpose clearly to students.”
“Employ a ‘gradual release of responsibility’ which provides instruction on reading comprehension strategies and gradually transfer ownership to students.”

For more tips on how to promote RELEVANCE in literacy and to discover the other 6 “R”s of High Impact Literacy, Click here to download the guide.


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