What is literacy?

Before I came to college, I always thought that literacy was the ability read and write, and the ability to comprehend the language that you were reading or writing. But after the first writing class that we had, the word literacy was given a whole new definition to me. We read “Everything’s A Text” by Dan Melter and Deborah Cowell-Teague, and they explained how literacy works. After reading that text, I would say that my new definition of literacy would be the ability to convey information in a persuasive and effective way to many different types of audiences. If one is able to do this, the audience that was given your information will end up taking in the information you gave them, and truly believe it.

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