The Way Literacy Lives: Rhetorical Dexterity and Basic Writing Instruction

The Way Literacy Lives: Rhetorical Dexterity and Basic Writing Instruction

by Shannon Carter
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0791473554

ISBN-13: 9780791473559

Pub. Date: 03/06/2008

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Challenges an autonomous model of literacy instruction in favor of one that recognizes and builds on students’ facility in navigating other rhetorical contexts.

Working from the premise that literacy is a social process rather than an autonomous practice, The Way Literacy Lives offers a curricular response to the political, material, social, and

Overview

Challenges an autonomous model of literacy instruction in favor of one that recognizes and builds on students’ facility in navigating other rhetorical contexts.

Working from the premise that literacy is a social process rather than an autonomous practice, The Way Literacy Lives offers a curricular response to the political, material, social, and ideological constraints placed on literacy education. Shannon Carter argues that fostering in students an awareness of the ways in which an autonomous model deconstructs itself when applied to real-life literacy contexts empowers them to work against this system in ways critical theorists advocate. She builds upon a theoretical framework provided by new literacy studies, activity theory, and critical literacies to construct a new model for basic writing instruction, one that trains writers to effectively read, understand, manipulate, and negotiate the cultural and linguistic codes of a new community of practice based on a relatively accurate assessment of another, more familiar one.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791473559
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
03/06/2008
Pages:
206
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1. The Way Literacy Tests

2. The Way Literacy Oppresses

3. The Way Literacy Liberates

4. The Way Literacy Stratifies

5. The Way Literacy (Re)produces

6. The Way Literacy Lives

Conclusion

Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C (Sample Writing Assignments)
Appendix D

Notes
Works Cited
Index

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