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English 1302


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What is Literacy?

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English 1302

  1. 1. English 1302<br />Presentation #1<br />ElinVarenkamp<br />
  2. 2. What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word literacy?<br />Reading?<br />Writing?<br />But is that all there is to it?<br />
  3. 3. According to Lindquist and Seitz:<br />‘an act of literacy can entail everything from finding a book to decoding print on the page to instant messaging a friend.’ (pg. 19)<br />What about <br />
  4. 4. MUSIC<br />TRAFFIC SIGNS<br />SYMBOLS<br />These are ALL types of Literacy<br />So…if all of these are types of literacy, it is a whole lot bigger than what we thought!<br />
  5. 5. …As Andrew Sledd said “there is no such ‘thing’ as literacy, only varying degrees and forms of literacy.” <br />(pg. 19)<br />
  6. 6. But, what else <br />Does Literacy Involve?<br />
  7. 7. ‘But the single most compelling fact about literacy is that it is a social achievement; individuals in societies without writing systems do not become literate. Literacy is and outcome of cultural transmission; the individual child or adult does not extract the meaning of written symbols through personal interaction with the physical objects that embody them.’ (pg.35)<br />The answer can be found in this quote from Scribner:<br />
  8. 8. To understand the true meaning of ‘literacy’ we need look beyond the written word and start with culture, people and backgrounds.<br />They all greatly effect literacy<br />
  9. 9. Literacy is a social practice<br />Religious activities<br />Reading a menu at a restaurant<br />Opinions<br />Talking about <br />everyday issues<br />Conversations<br />Going to school and reading/writing<br />Community activities<br />The list goes on and on…<br />
  10. 10. Literacy is everywhere. <br />It is far more complex than it looks<br />It is effected by context (backgrounds, culture etc.)<br />Where? When? Why? What? How?<br />all of these questions influence the definition of literacy<br />
  11. 11. Therefore I believe that the definition of literacy varies from person to person depending on who they are and where they come from.<br />Thanks for watching my Presentation!<br />
  12. 12. Works Cited <br />Adkins, Tabetha. "Chapter 2 A Quick Introduction/ Review of Literacy." Ethnographic Inquiries In Writing. 1st ed. Southlake: Fountainhead, 2010. 19. Print. <br />Adkins, Tabetha, ed. Ethnographic Inquiries In Writing. 1st ed. Southlake: Fountainhead, 2010. Print. <br />Scribner, Sylvia. "Literacy In Three Metaphors." Ethnographic Inquiries In Writing. By Tabetha Adkins. 1st ed. Southlake: Fountainhead, 2010. 35. Print. <br />