What literacy meant before this class: writing projects. What it means now: comprehension; understanding text. Strategy; questioning, reflection, connecting background experience. Systematic approach to the breakdown of thoughts, feelings, life experience in creative expression. Having a complete understanding of concepts.
How to emphasize literacy in the classroom: creatively provide opportunities to allow the students to build vocabulary through experiences. Develop lessons with each unit that focuses on the full concept of the vocabulary terms and weave them together with other subjects. Reinforce vocabulary with strategies that include word walls, word webs.
Authentic assessments; align the form of assessment with the knowledge being analyzed. Provide students with real life assessments which are applicable in the real world. For example; the publishing experience. Brainstorming, rough drafts, edits, critique.