These literacy units for Key Stage 3 learners with cognitive difficulties use engaging scenarios taken from the media around them to develop their literacy skills. They provide teachers with unitised teaching frameworks to enhance learning and make it more exciting, dynamic and effective for the learners.
Multiliteracy represents a new modern approach to literacy. The traditional definition of literacy has widened to include comprehension of all types of visual and printed texts, audio, spatial and gestural information, and the ability to make textual connections. Being able to read and write is no longer sufficient in today’s technology dominated world, so a major part of multiliteracy involves being proficient in new technologies, which requires decoding skills as much as reading skills.
Although research has shown that the internet may be particularly beneficial for learners with special educational needs (SEN), many of these young people are potentially more vulnerable and more at risk than others when using ICT. Therefore, it is a good idea to introduce your learners to internet safety before using these resources.
This section provides a range of activities based on popular TV and print media, including current television shows, newspapers and magazines. Learners explore different forms of media and are encouraged to research information, participate in discussions and take part in reading and writing activities.
Class Bake Off
Do You Have the X Factor?
Getting into Top Gear
In this section learners explore different forms of visual media, including animations, YouTube videos and digital stories. The suggested activities allow students to discuss ideas, analyse visual media, identify feelings and emotions and recall past events.
Investigating Dilemmas through the Animation Dragon Slayer
Identifying Emotions through the E-Book The Black Hat
Exploring Identity through the Animation For the Birds
This section uses different ICT tools and technologies, including storytelling programs, word cloud generators, video editing software and QR codes. The activities encourage learners to sequence and create their own digital media using ICT to enhance their literacy skills.
Creative Digital Storytelling
Using QR Codes
Using Word Clouds
Social media literacy requires the ability to communicate online in an appropriate and responsible way. Social media is interwoven with the lives of our learners, so it is most important that they have a grounding in internet safety, the critical thinking skills to filter the messages they receive and also the skills needed to manage their own self-image.
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