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  1. 1. Literacy: The Truth is Revealed<br />By Megan Lambert<br />
  2. 2. Literacy(n): The ability to read and write<br />But is that the whole story?<br />
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  4. 4. These are all different definitions of literacy, and they just came from one class in A&M-Commerce.<br />
  5. 5. John F. Swzed says all of the following are important elements of literacy:<br />Text (what we read and write)<br />Context (under what circumstances we read/ write)<br />Function (why we read/write)<br />Participants (who reads/ writes)<br />Motivation (why we read/ write)<br />
  6. 6. It’s more than this!<br />
  7. 7. “Text” goes beyond classic novels and textbooks.<br />It also includes:<br />Signs<br />Recipes<br />Cereal Boxes<br />Magazines<br />T-Shirt Logos<br />Street Signs<br />
  8. 8. And how you use your literacy depends on who you are.<br />Did you have positive literacy sponsorship in your life?<br />Do you have access to text?<br />What are your interests?<br />For what audience are you writing?<br />
  9. 9. We are looking at the words we read and write with different eyes<br />And to be completely accurate, we must consider ALL of the literacies the English Language contains, <br />including…<br />
  10. 10. Computer<br />Academic<br />Old English<br />SMS Language<br />Film<br />Literacy<br />Texan Accents<br />HTML<br />Medical<br />
  11. 11. They are all in English, yet I am not “fluent” in all of them.<br />Even people who understand all of these literacies don’t look at them the same way.<br />I look at SMS as annoying, but my classmate August Williams mentioned completing a final project involving it.<br />
  12. 12. Unfortunately, sometimes we let our own interests influence how we research<br />“The history I create in my mind is not, and can never be, quite the same as the history you create in yours.”<br />“I do not do railroad history[…]”<br />“When I went to college there was no women’s history.”<br />“History is two things; the past itself, and what happens in the mind of the historian.”<br />-Carol Kammen, On Doing Local History<br />
  13. 13. “By ignoring the total story, by not probing for more than partial answers […] [we get] an incomplete history.”<br />We owe an open, unbiased view of our subject matter to our audience, whether we are talking about history, psychology, biology, or astronomy. <br />
  14. 14. So the next time you hear someone say literacy is nothing but this<br />
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  16. 16. You can let them know it is so much more<br />
  17. 17. Works Cited<br /><ul><li>"literacy." Online Etymology Dictionary. Douglas Harper, Historian. 25 Sep. 2011. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/literacy>.
  18. 18. Ashley Ross. “Chapter 2”. Ecollege. Texas A&M University-Commerce. Web. 6 October 2011
  19. 19. Skylar Parkerson. “Literacy and Its Varied Meanings”. Ecollege. Texas A&M University- Commerce. Web. 6 October 2011
  20. 20. Rebecca Gilbreath. “Chapter 2”. Ecollege. Texas A&M University- Commerce. Web. 6 October 2011
  21. 21. Szwed, John. “The Ethnography of Literacy.” Ethnographic Inquiries In Writing. 1st edition. Tabetha Adkins. Southlake, Texas. Fountainhead Press, 2010. 3-18. Print.</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Brandt, Deborah. “Literacy, Opportunity, and Economic Change.” Ethnographic Inquiries In Writing. 1st edition. Tabetha Adkins. Southlake, Texas. Fountainhead Press, 2010. 54-87. Print.
  22. 22. Barton, David and Hamilton, Mary. “Literacy Practices.” Ethnographic Inquiries in Writing. 1st edition. Tabetha Adkins. Southlake, Texas. Fountainhead Press, 2010. 21-32. Print.
  23. 23. August Williams. “My Plans for Research.” ecollege. Texas A&M Unversity- Commerce. Web. 6 October 2011
  24. 24. Kammen, Carol. On Doing Local History. Walnut Creek, Canada: AltaMira Press. 2003. 47-114. Print. </li>

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