Literacy Glossary

Curated by a team of literacy experts, including members of ILA's Literacy Research Panel, the Literacy Glossary contains fundamental literacy terms necessary to critical discussions on literacy research and instruction. Think of it as a shared vocabulary for our field—defining our profession, one word at a time.

We recognize that both language and the field of literacy are always evolving. That's why the Literacy Glossary is designed as an interactive tool. We invite you to submit suggestions for additions or revisions by emailing glossary@reading.org. Together, we can continue to build and refine this critical resource.

October 2018 updates: encoding, fluency, independent reading, interactive writing, new literacies, running record, syllable, 21st-century literacy(ies)

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