The Power of Literacy in Culture

Draft 2

Draft 3 Literacy Inquiry


The Power of Literacy in Culture

I am really struggling with the research part of this paper. I searched just about everything I could think of, but simply could not come up with anything that I felt like could really contribute to my paper and to the topic I am writing about. I also am not sure if I am fully grasping the differences between the other 3 styles of writing. The definitions for them seem so similar to me, and so I hope I portrayed them in the way they are supposed to be portrayed.Draft 2

Genre Questions

I am not going to lie, whenever we were told that this would be one of the hardest readings to comprehend, I didn’t take it very seriously. But, after reading the text, I can honestly say that I am completely lost. I’m glad that the point of this reading response if to ask questions about the text because I certainly have a whole slew of them waiting and ready to be answered!
This article states that literacy texts are not the primary source to use when defining genres’. The text says that genre is now being defined as text that we use on a daily basis. This immediately reminded me of our conversations about technology and literacy. Our world is daily becoming more and more tech savvy and dependent on technology to survive.
Freedman and Medway claim that genres are not just forms but “forms of life”. This got me thinking, and this is where most of my questions arose. Genres are apparently defined by social life and social situations. They are not fixed and are always capable of changing depending on the situation one finds themselves in. Are genres’ then just like discourses, but opposite? From many classroom discussions, I have come to the conclusion that discourses define people. One can learn a great deal about a person just by knowing what discourses they belong to. But, people do not define discourses.
Do people define genres’? Are there then different genres’ for each individual person? Can people share genres’ if they are unique to that one person? Does everyone have their own genre? Do people have multiple genres’ and can these genres’ be shared by others based on the situation that the people are in together? Like discourses, can you belong to multiple different genres’ that do not have anything in common?

Class Notes 11.6

• Use data from this class
• Hyperlink to other examples from your word press
• Embody the values of the class without making it into a checklist.
• How are you going to be readapting your work?
• How broad? What are the goals of the assignment?
• How big should we make this? It’s 25% of grade. Leave feeling happy about what you’ve don’t. Goal is to impress. Graded most critically

Class Notes 11/4

• We learn through computers and internet now instead of going to the library and using books.
• Less memorization now. Which does not hurt us because as we evolve so does technology.
• Communication has changed.
• Are we more technologically literate than those countries that do not use technology? It depends on your definition of technology. Very relative to where you are and depends on the situation you’re in
• Depends on consumers and producers. In America we buy all of the technology, while in China they are producing more.
• Is the producer or the consumer more literate? Hardware vs software literacy.
• There are different literacies within the same form of technology. One can be literate in gaming on an ipad while another can be literate in stocks and such.
• Primative
• Clubs/weapons
• Fire
• Cave art
• 1600’s
• Telescope
• Submarine
• Blood transfusion
• 1700’s
• Cotton-gin
• Steam engine
• odometer
• 1800’s
• Transportation: horses and buggies; trains; boat if near water
• Light: candles, oil lamps
• Cooking: over open fire; cast iron pots
• 1900’s
• Radio
• Internet
• Cell phones
• 2000+
• Social media
• Computer technology
• Renewable energy

Free Write 11/4

They are better off in some ways and perfectly fine in others. There are many countries that suffer from lack of food and water. If these countries has the proper technology, such as wells and tools for catching food and ways to store the food, then these people would be much better off. But are they necessarily suffering because they do not have use of a cell phone or a computer? I think not. While some may argue on whether or not cell phones are necessary in the countries that do use them, the countries that they don’t exist in are not suffering from the lack of them. Computers do help with many things such as discovering new medicines and such.

Literacy Inquiry draft 1

Draft 1

I’m not gonna lie, I really don’t think I understood this assignment very well. I posted a draft yesterday, didn’t feel confident about it, re did it, and posted this one now. I read the directions multiple times, and did the best I could to follow them. I used the same idea from my literacy vignette that we did earlier, the power of music through literacy, because it is something I am passionate about and understand. I don’t know if this is ok, but I figured since it was the first draft and you would be commenting on it that I would find out from your comments if this is acceptable. I don’t entirely understand the narrative section. I switched from talking in first person to third, but I’m not so sure if that is correct.

Class Notes 10.23

Inquiry Paper: you do not know where you are going to finish when you start. Be ok with feeling like you don’t know right now.
As long as you have more than one event, you have a narrative. Events strung together. Like a movie.
2 peer reviewed sources at least. 4 sources. All can be peer reviewed if you want, but at least 2 minimum.
Start with articles, peer reviewed

Chill out and work it out.

This reading was incredibly interesting, very informative, and one of the most eye-opening pieces we have read this semester. This piece made me realize that I’ve been going about writing my assignments, whether it is reading responses such as this, essays, or term papers, all wrong. Typically, I start stressing about an assignment the moment I found out about it. I stress about what I am going to say and how I am going to say it as I research and read over the topic of the assignment. I always strive to write eloquently and desire to create an interesting piece that others will enjoy reading. But, what I learned from this reading assignment is that it is not wise for this to be the goal of the first draft one does of a writing assignment. It is better to write a “shitty first draft” and then edit it a few times, rather than to try to write the perfect piece on the first try. My writing rituals are typically to research my topic, take notes on the topic by either a word document or notecards, and to put those notes into a piece of writing. But, normally, instead of just going with the flow and letting the first draft happen and come as it may, I try to make the first draft perfect. I have found that this writing method is not very effective. I am very thankful for this eye-opening piece that we had to read, and am anxious to put what I have learned from it into practice and see where it leads me!

Class Notes 10/21

Technologically Literate:
• Basic understanding and adaptation
• Personal goals/ a goal
• Use it to solve problems
• Further education
• Use it to learn about what’s going on with the world
• Communicate
• Used to create newer forms of technology
• Store information
Technology is based on your culture, society, and where you live. A laptop would not be considered technology to someone in a African tribe. A form of technology would be something used in battle or to capture food.
• To help solve problems
• To achieve personal goals
• Basic understanding is necessary
There’s a difference between knowing how to use technology and knowing how to fix and repair technology
Learning how to learn
Blog: any media on the web/ online publishing.
Being technologically literate is a way to detect wrong information.