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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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: 9780791478745
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 09/18/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 658 KB

About the Author

Shannon Carter is Associate Professor of English at Texas A&M University at Commerce.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

One The Way Literacy Tests 1

Two The Way Literacy Oppresses 25

Three The Way Literacy Liberates 39

Four The Way Literacy Stratifies 61

Five The Way Literacy (Re)produces 95

Six The Way Literacy Lives 125

Conclusion 147

Appendix A 153

Appendix B 155

Appendix C (Sample Writing Assignments) 159

Appendix D 169

Notes 173

Works Cited 181

Index 193

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