A Guide for Incorporating 21st Century Literacy Skills Into High School Curriculum
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For today's high school generation, earning acceptance into a college, university, or technical school program is imperative for future success. It is therefore crucial that teachers be equipped with the tools necessary to prepare high school students for the inevitable challenges they will face by arming them with the skills necessary for future success in the global marketplace. These skills, as outlined by The Partnership for 21st Century Skills (2004), include creativity, innovation, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and collaboration. While a lack of skills poses a clear problem for future success, it also brings into question students' ability to have success in higher-level thinking, college preparatory classes they must take in their high school years in order to pursue a college education or lucrative career. With the educational focus shifting heavily to testing, integrating 21st century skills directly into the high school cuniculum framework will eliminate any inconsistencies in instructional style and allow for individual flexibility and creativity between and among departments and educators. If these skills are cross-cunicularly acknowledged and incorporated, students are ensured many and varied opportunities to learn, practice, and develop the skills necessary to prepare themselves for the competitive postsecondary world. The purpose of this research project was to create a guide for incorporating 21st century literacy skills into a suburban midwest high school's cuniculum as a necessity for educators' instruction and their students' education as one such guide does not cunently exist in any format within Wisconsin's public school system.
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