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Following is the research this website is based on. Each of the photos within our website will be alligned with the types of literacy outlined by Taylor, Dorsey-Gaines.

Taylor, Dorsey-Gaines (1988) states:

(pgs. 125-189)

Instrumental Reading: This includes reading to gain information for meeting practical needs and for scheduling daily life. Some examples are: Directions on toys, labels, clocks, telephone numbers in address books, recipes, applications for food stamps, and etc.

News/Related ReadiRecreational Reading- reading for pleasure, leisure, or fun or in rng: This category includes reading to gain information about third parties or distant events. Some examples are: newspaper items, news magazines, "Missing" flyers, national and state politics, and etc.

Confirmational Reading: This includes reading to check or confirm facts or beliefs. This is often from materials retrieved on special occasions. Some examples are: wills, income tax forms, bills, birth certificates, passports, social security cards, food stamp certificates, and etc.

Social Interaction Reading: This category includes types of reading to gain information pertinent to social relationships. Some examples are: greeting cards, cartoons, letters, newspaper features, telephone messages, and etc.

Recreational Reading: This includes reading during leisure time or in planning recreational events. It also includes reading to maintain social relationships and making social plans. Some examples are: comics, sports section of the newspaper, novels, movie ads, announcements of community meetings, and etc.

Critical and Educational Reading: This category includes reading to increase abilities, discuss political, social, aesthetic, or religious knowledge. It also includes reading for temporary entertainment or planning for a recreational event.

Sociahistorical Reading: This includes reading to explore a personal identity and/or a record of the family history. Some examples are: Reading material that has personal significance to someone's everday life, saving the first writings of a child, saving cards, and etc.

Financial Reading: This includes reading concerning economic circumstances. Some examples are: checking on the economy, reading ads, reading prices of cars, prices at the supermarket, and etc.

Environmental Reading: This is reading environmental print. Some examples are: signs on storefronts, road signs, billboards, and etc.