Adventist Youth Honors Answer Book/ADRA/Literacy

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Literacy
General Conference

ADRA

Skill Level 2
Year of Introduction: 2005


Limited Availability






1. Define the term literacy.

2. Research and briefly describe how two or three organizations in your community or country promote literacy or provide literacy services to children and adults.

In-school, cross-age tutoring

In school programs are managed in a variety of ways. One common way is cross-age tutoring. In this case students, normally of a higher grade level, tutor other students in the areas where they need assistance. There are many advantages of this type of one on one peer tutoring: often the tutor has recently completed the same classes having a perspective on the unique issue a particular class presents, camaraderie can be formed quickly which often promotes the tutored to relax and lower their guard creating a better learning environment. Cross-age tutoring offers the tutor the opportunity to develop social skills and management skills not often developed in the school years of youth, giving the tutor an added benefit as well.

After-school or weekend program

This type of tutoring program is perhaps the most common. They are often organized by church-related groups or community organizations. These programs meet once or twice per week and make use of volunteer tutors.

Community homework center

Community homework centers are not common to most areas. These centers often operate in the inner city of metropolitan areas as a haven for students who would otherwise be distracted by the environment around them. Centers such as these are normally not-for-profit corporations that are open to all youth seeking a place of refuge to study and socialize, their continuance is dependent upon the generosity of the community and the dedication of what is often one or two full-time staff members. Peer tutoring and assistance from staff are available at these locations, and the staff often fill a parent-like role for students who are often neglected at home. In addition to a safe a proper place for study, such centers usually offer some recreation and community service opportunities to the youth who use them. These non-study activities help to develop social skills and skills in cooperation, self control, and problem solving as well as provide a special sense of accomplishment to youth who otherwise have no purpose in there lives.

3. Write a paragraph explaining why literacy is important.

4. Complete three of the following activities:

a. Help someone read a small book or short story.

b. Read a short story to a group of young children and discuss it with them afterward.

c. Make 10 flash cards with simple words and illustrations or pictures and give them to someone who is learning how to read.

d. Read several chapters from the Bible to an elderly person you know who is blind or unable to read. This can be done in one visit or several visits.

e. Give a five-minute presentation in your school or Sabbath school or church on what you learned about literacy.

5. Choose three words and explain to your instructor how you would teach someone what the words mean and how to spell them.

Historical Note

This honor was previously called Tutoring but renamed in 2009.

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