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  1. 1. Comple • Increasingly x "Literacy is like the y value." • " Literacy would appear to be one of Ashley Ross Important the few elements of education that • There has been numerous efforts everyone agrees to be a necessity of to define literacy and " each of modernity" John Szwed these efforts has identified • "Historically, literacy has been a potent important parameters of literacy tool in maintaining the hegemony of , but none has yet won elites and dominant classes in certain consensual agreement." Sylvia societies" Scribner Scribner Undefine Not measurable• d "[Literacy] practices are not • "What is literature? No agreement" observable units of behavior since John Szwed they also involve • "Although literacy is a problem of values, attitudes, feelings and social pressing national concern, we have relationships" Barton and Hamilton yet to discover or set its boundaries." Sylvia Scribner
  2. 2. I believe that the ability toread, write, and understand thewritten word can be broken up intosmaller groups. I call these littlesubgroups literacies. A literacy is agroup of words or phrases that areused for a specific field or purpose.For instance an equine literacywould include all words andphrases relating to equine.Including coat colors such aspalomino and dun, and diseasessuch as colic and founder.
  3. 3. Literacy is an extremely complex subject. There have been numerous efforts todefine literacy and "each of these efforts has identified important parameters ofliteracy, but none has yet won consensual agreement." (Scribner) My belief is that eachperson has their own literacy identity. A literacy identity is a grouping of all onesliteracies and a literacy is simple a group of words that are all associated with a similarsubject. In order to have a particular literacy in a literacy identity the person mustunderstand the words associated with that literacy and know how to use themintelligently. For my project I will dive into the literacy identities of three sisters from asmall town in Northern Michigan. It will compare the literacy identities of the three sistersby showing each girl’s literacy identities. Once the literacy Identity is established for eachgirl the individual literacies included in their literacy identity will be explained. Also howthe individual may have obtained each literacy will also be included in the project. All ofthe required information was obtained through multiply interviews taken with the threeindividuals. This project is meant to show that an individual’s environment, friends, andpast experiences have a great effect on their literacy identity.