Senior Cycle Economics - Literacy






This technique requires students to be divided into groups of four.  Students gather around the Placemat Template which is organised with sections for each student to record their ideas and a central section for students to summarise their individual ideas.  First students individually think about a question and write down their ideas on their own section of the template.  Then students share their ideas to discover common elements, which can be written in the centre of the placemat template.  The purpose of the placemat technique is to provide all students with the opportunity to share their ideas and learn from each other in a co-operative small group discussion.  In doing so, students improve their oral literacy.  The benefits of the this strategy are that students have an opportunity to reflect and participate. They will extend their learning by listening to the ideas of others.  Click for more information on the placemat technique, as well as step-by-step instructions for successful implementation.

Teaching Keywords



Students need to encounter new words up to 17 times before they become part of their everyday vocabulary.  Here are 17 ways to ensure students repeat and use keywords often.  Note: although the examples given here are Science based, the methodologies are applicable in all subjects.


Other Literacy Resources


Graphic Organisers

Graphic Organisers may help to improve literacy.


Graphic Organisers for Teaching and Learning

Blank Graphic Organisers for class use (with some samples)

Sample Business exercises for use wth Graphic Organisers

Completed Business Graphic Organisers

Blank Graphic Organisers for printing

Template Graphic Organisers for completion by teacher

Useful Posters


Websites to Improve Literacy and Numeracy

Puzzlemaker Lots of different types of puzzles to make
Wordlearner Crosswords, wordsearches, bingo, matching and more
Wordsearches Make you own wordsearch
Pete's PowerPoint Station Good maths images and ideas
IXL Interactive revision site for maths - covers all topics
Skillwise Educational website to improve literacy and numeracy in adults
Quizlet Flashcards, Games and Tests
Studystack Flashcards, Matching, Crosswords, Tests, Quizzes
Wordle Create your own Word Cloud
Tagxedo Create your own Word Shape
Question Cube Create a question cube using Blooms Taxomony.  First enter your name, then click on "Create your own cube"


Checklists for Literacy & Numeracy

Oral Presentation Evaluation Form


This the National Strategy to improve Literacy and Numeracy among Children and Young People 2011 - 2020.  Click here for the summary of the strategy.
Click here to download the full strategy.


Checklist for Literacy & Numeracy


Whole School Approach to Literacy

Developing a whole school approach to literacy is key.  Please see below the two presentations which literacy link teachers will have seen at their inservice.  Further below are links to resources which they will also have seen and which can be useful in the Economics classroom.


Literacy Link Day 1

Literacy Resources

The 'Explicit Instruction Model' could be displayed in your classroom. Click here to download.

An outline of the four steps of explicit instruction have also been uploaded.  Click here to download

Resources from Literacy Link workshops


Semantic Map and Peer Teaching

Cooperative and Group Role Cards

Vocabulary Guidelines and Prefixes

Speaking and Listening Checklist

Reading Checklist

Vocabulary Knowledge Checklist

Writing Checklist

Common Greek and Latin Morphemes

Graphic Organisers 





Oral Presentations

Student presentations can be an excellent way to improve oral literacy.  The Oral Presentation Evaluation form can provide a structure for students to self assess or peer assess.  Alternatively, the teacher can use it to evaluate the student's presentation.