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Here are the 12 sources I have found for my topic in a numbered list.

1.) http://www.rif.org/us/about/literacy-issues.htm

2.) http://www.learn-to-read-prince-george.com/why-is-reading-important.html

3.) http://www.einfopedia.com/highest-literacy-rate-most-educated-countries-of-the-world.php

4.) http://www.amodmag.com/top-ten-countries-with-the-lowest-literacy-rates.php

5.) http://www.med.umich.edu/yourchild/topics/reading.htm

6.) http://www.sc.edu/cmcis/news/column/literacy.html

7.) http://www.literacyconnections.com/

8.) http://www.literacypartners.org/literacy-in-america/impact-of-illiteracy

9.) http://www.readingrockets.org/article/11375/

10.) http://www.coolavenues.com/think-piece/literacy-for-the-future%3A-thoughts-and-ideas.

11.) http://www.ncrel.org/sdrs/areas/issues/content/cntareas/reading/li100.htm

12.) http://www.whatcausesit.net/causes_of_illiteracy/causes_of_illiteracy.html

The contemporary issue of literacy is the topic I have chosen. As mentioned in my brainstorming post, literacy is an issue that not many people think of because it does not affect America as much as it does other countries.The topic of literacy fits the requirements for this class very well. It is a topic that possesses the potential for a variety of spin-off aspects that would be ideal to write about. Another benefit of the topic of literacy is that it’s capable of being “news”. There are seven components that mandate if something is news or not which are listed in the brainstorming and research powerpoint. From my sources, I know that literacy fits three of these components. I found proximity, impact and conflict to be the most  common within the sources I chose. Although I have been looking, I have yet to find a source for prominence like I wish to. Although I have these 12 sources that are filled with great information I will not stop my research here. I will continue to expand my horizon and get the best information I can on literacy. It is important to be well informed and research definitely contributes to that.

In these 12 sources lies some important pieces of information regarding my topic. The first one the list talks about the group RIF, which stands for Reading Is Fundamental. It talks about various programs this group has launched to help improve literacy. The second source mentions why reading is important. Source number three contains information on countries with the highest literacy rates, while source number four focuses on countries with the lowest literacy rates. The fifth site is about reading and literacy regarding a child. There are a number of sections in it with different topics. How to read to a baby and how to get the family involved are two of the topics it states information about. Sixth on the list is a source that lists a few facts about literacy in South Carolina as well as an ABC  method to get literacy rolling. The seventh source talks about ways of teaching literacy skills. It has over 10 links leading to sites such as a literacy tutor or resources for literacy programs. There is not but a little bit of information that comes from site eight, but the information that is there I consider valuable. It talks about the impact of illiteracy. There is a short list that talks about potentially life-altering things that can happen because of not being able to read or write well. For example, not being able to read a drug prescription is one item on that list. The ninth source has great information including how certain things affect or influence literacy. The tenth source I am not sure I would use as often as the others but it does hold some important information. For example, literacy in relation to education. It also gives an example of situations where literacy is needed. The eleventh site has sections that talk about the issue focused on, goals and even cases. The last of the list is about what causes illiteracy. All of the sources I came across and chose for this assignment hold great information about literacy. Even though they may not focus on the same concepts, these sources are all related which ties in to the spin-off aspects of literacy which could benefit me when we start developing stories.

2 thoughts on “Research Sources

  1. Is literacy an issue that is fairly prevalent in SC? This seems to be a great start on the research, maybe if you found a source that talks about why there is a problem of literacy it would add to the subject. You could then get at the root issue.

  2. I agree with the comment above – look towards SC government institutions for state data, but also try to answer the Why question: Why in this modern, wealthy era do we still have problems with literacy? Also, what about people being functionally literate as opposed to higher levels of literacy? Maybe interview a campus or county librarian?

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