Literacy Lingo 101

Hi there! We get that the literacy world lingo can feel somewhat overwhelming at first. And, we are glad you’re here. 

We’ve created a resource to go over some key terms we use here at Rally, so you stress less and learn more! 

Tech Lingo

  • AI: Artificial Intelligence (AI)  is a computer program which is capable of performing a task which requires intelligence, a task that otherwise requires a person.   

Literacy Lingo

  • Decoding - being able to translate written text into speech
  • Dyslexia - the difficulty in acquiring literacy 
  • Fluency - the ability to write, read, speak with ease and accuracy. Think about when a story reads like a conversation 
  • Lexile - a scale used to measure the difficulty of a text based on its vocabulary and structure. 
  • Morpheme - the smallest unit with meaning. This can be the smallest you can slice a word for it to still mean something or a piece of a word that still has meaning, like the letter s at the end of a word to mean many of something. Books> book>s 
  • Neurodiversity - The term use to describe a range of neurological differences with respect
  • Phoneme - The smallest unit of sound in communication. Different from a morpheme, these units do not need to hold meaning, but with their powers combined, they create all the sounds in a word
  • Phonemic Awareness- the ability to recognize and manipulate phonemes, or individual sounds of spoken language
  • Phonetics - the study of speech sounds
  • Phonics - the approach to teaching the relationship between sounds and the letters that represent those sounds to decode print
  • Phonological Awareness- Unlike phonemic awareness, that is limited to just the ability to recognize small units of sound, Phonological awareness is defined by the awareness of sounds of words in learning to read and spell. This includes the ability to identify and manipulate (1) syllables (2) onsets and rimes or (3) by phonemes
  • Prosody- A key component in fluency and oral reading, prosody is the stress and intonation we put in words, like at the end of a question. 
  • Reading Rate - term used to describe how many words per minute a person can read. This metric should increase in elementary years.

Rally Reader is here to help support your child’s learning at home. Designed to do everything a concerned parent would do, and more, Rally Reader exists to ensure that your family can learn more. Stress less.