Using Local Literature as Learning Literacy

Ibadullah Malawi, Dewi Tryanasari, Apri Kartikasari


Literacy plays an important role in learning in elementary school. Good literacy skills in students, encouraging the development of other abilities because literacy is a basic ability to acquire skills in other fields. Simply, literacy can be interpreted as a reading and writing ability. Data from the Association for the Educational Achievement (AEA) notes that in 1992 Finland and Japan were among the countries with the highest reading rates in the world. Meanwhile, from 30 countries, Indonesia got rank in bottom two from lowest. Primary School is the most appropriate level to encourage a good culture of literacy. Unfortunately the availability of interesting and close literacy materials with students in accordance with the character of students learning concrete holistic has not been much. Local literature is the best alternative that can be used to be developed as a literacy material across the curriculum. This study is aimed to develop literary books based on local literature. To get to the development of the need to do local literary documentation first. Magetan was chosen as a research location, where in Magetan there are many local literary materials in the form of folklore that have not been well documented. From the results of preliminary research it is known that many documented folklore can be used as a literacy material across the curriculum. The local literary content in the Magetan region is well suited to be developed as an elementary-level literacy material in which there is a moral message as the hidden of the curriculum on each reading.


local literature; literacy; elementary level

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