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Literate people have the ability to produce a written document that follows an outline or some other well-structured textual pattern or genre. This skill requires at least a minimal knowledge of the purposes, formats, and intended audiences of various text genres and the literacy practices surrounding their use. In its simplest form, structural control can emerge through the use of textual templates that provide standard plans for producing texts within a specific genre. At higher levels of skill, performance is more flexible, and is more closely linked to communicative goals and conceptual reasoning about intended content. Strategies that support this skill are indicated in the second column of the table of discourse comprehension and planning strategies.

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