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Literacy Related Terminology

This resource provides links to several glossaries of literacy related terminology. Click on each hyperlinked resource to access a selected glossary.


The Colorin Colorado website provides a glossary of education related terminology, including literacy related terms.

The National Center for Family Literacy document, What Works: An Introductory Teacher Guide for Early Language and Emergent Literacy Instruction, based on the National Early Literacy Panel Report, includes a glossary starting on page 71.

The National Institute for Literacy document, Early Beginnings: Early Literacy Knowledge and Instruction, includes an early literacy quick reference guide starting on page 14.

Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) Glossary of Reading Terms

The Zero to Three website provides a Glossary of Policy & Advocacy Terms: A Guide to the ABCs and Acronyms of the Infant-Toddler Policy Process.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) provides an Early Childhood Education Professional Development: Training and Technical Assistance Glossary.

The North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL) provides a Glossary of Education Terms and Acronyms that includes acronyms for many educational agencies.

The LD Online website offers a glossary of frequently used terms in special education.

The Teaching Reading K-2 Workshop website provides a glossary of key terms associated with early literacy.

The contents of this website were developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and are intended for general reference purposes only. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education or the Center, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. Some resources on this site require Adobe Acrobat Reader. This website archive includes content and external links that were accurate and relevant as of September 30, 2019.