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Complex learning of any kind occurs best when it is whole-to-part. That is, we skills learn best if we are able to get a sense of the whole first, then we are taught individual skills. In literacy instruction this means that students should be immersed in authentic reading and writing experiences first, then taught the skills necessary to decode, identify words, comprehend, or write. This enables learners to see the big picture as context for the subskills related to reading and writing. T