Literacies Form

Quick Write

What is the last thing that you remember having to learn?

What is Literacy?

Literacy – the ability to read and write.

Also, competence or knowledge in a specified area.


Let’s come up with a big list of literacies that we can write about. Take two minutes and write down two or three literacies you have learned. Share with a partner.

  • Read/Write
  • Drive a car
  • ?

Learning To Read

  1. In “Learning to Read,” Malcolm tells us that he learned to read by teaching himself. What else did he teach himself while he taught himself to read?
  2. “In fact, up to then, I never had been so truly free in my life” (par. 11) What does he mean by free?