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Literate people have the ability to think and reflect explicitly on what they are doing across the full range of social practices associated with highly literate communities (such as critical interpretation of text, presentation of research results, and reasoned argumentation.) And they can do so in a way that is both sensitive and responsive to all the nuances of the social situation in which those practices take place: they are aware not just of intellectual content, but of the emotional and moral implications of what they are doing.

Deployment of this skill requires sensitivity to the cues that signal social, cultural, and emotional transactions, including choice of register and genre to suit the social situation and rhetorical purpose and choice of stance. This skill also requires sensitivity to multiple perspectives (including an awareness of bias and prejudice).A variety of reflective strategies, are outlined in the table of social reasoning strategies.

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