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Exploring Literacy

Exploring Literacy - 04 edition

Exploring Literacy - 04 edition

ISBN13: 9780321091611

ISBN10: 0321091612

Exploring Literacy by Eleanor Kutz - ISBN 9780321091611
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 04
Copyright: 2004
Publisher: Longman, Inc.
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Exploring Literacy by Eleanor Kutz - ISBN 9780321091611

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ISBN10: 0321091612

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Edition: 04
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This rhetoric with readings invites students to explore the conversations and literacy practices of various communities and to apply the understandings they gain to writing, reading, and research in academic settings.

Combining the elements of a reader, a rhetoric, research guide, and handbook, Exploring Literacy offers an introduction to the sustained inquiry that underlies most academic work. Each chapter focuses on one primary reading selection and demonstrates a process that builds critical response skills. Students are taught effective ways of engaging with different kinds of texts--memoirs, short fiction, ethnographic writings, academic essays--and offered extensive instruction on how to use writing to enrich their involvement with texts.

The first section of the text focuses on early literacy experiences in small discourse communities as students read and write memoirs. The second section looks at the ethnographic study of informal communities and how they connect to the wider culture. The third section focuses on the conversations that go on in academic communities--from college classrooms to scholarly journals. A fourth section provides specific strategies for reading, writing, and researching in academic communities.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


1. Reading as Conversation.
Reading Selection: Richard Rodriguez, "Aria."
Observing Conversations in Writing Classrooms.
Reflecting on How Context Shapes Reading.
2. Writing as Conversation.
Reading a Writer's Reflection on Community and Competence.
Reading Selection: Barbara Mellix, "From Outside In."
Exploring Spoken and Written Storytelling.
Reflecting on the Elements of Your Writer's Repertoire.
Writing in Academic Genres: Exploratory Essays and Brief Research Reports.
3. Reading and Writing Memoirs.
Reflecting on Experiences with Language and Social Identity.
Reading Memoirs.
Writing Memoirs.
Reading Selection: Karen's Memoir.
Writing in a Public Genre: The Formal Memoir.
Extending Your Inquiry.
Additional Readings for Part I.
Mike Rose, "I Just Wanna Be Average."
bell hooks, "talking back."
Dave Eggers, from A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius.
Amy Tan, "Mother Tongue."
Tommi Avicolli, "Memoirs of a Sissy."
Leslie Marmon Silko, from The Storyteller.
David Sedaris, "Go Carolina."
Annie Dillard, from An American Childhood.
Sean Oulette, "Language Memoir."
Dina Tsirelson, "Memoir."
James Jean, "Memoirs of an Indivisible Man."


4.Representing Communities.
Observing Discourse Communities.
Entering the World of a Short Story as a Reader.
Reading Selection: Flannery O'Connor, "The River."
Analyzing Discourse Communities in Literature.
Reflecting on Your Prior Knowledge About Literature.
5. Analyzing Everyday Conversations.
Doing Ethnographic Research.
Reading and Drawing on a Study of Conversations.
Reading Selection Shirley Brice Heath, "Oral Traditions. Part I: Roadville."
Reading Selection Shirley Brice Heath, "Oral Traditions. Part II: Trackton."
Reading Selection Shirley Brice Heath, "Oral Traditions. Part III: Traditions of Storytelling."
Extending Your Research.
Writing in Academic Genres: The Comparison Essay.
6. Writing in Ethnographic Genres.
Observing a Setting and the Ways People Interact There.
Learning from an Ethnographic Study.
Reading Selection: James Spradley and Brenda Mann, "How to Ask for a Drink."
Reading Ethnography from a Writer's Perspective.
Using the Genres of Ethnographic Writing.
Additional Readings for Part II.
Toni Cade Bambara, "The Lesson."
Paul Willis, "The Informal Group."
Edie Shillue, "Good Craic."
Interview with Edie Shillue.
Michael Moffatt, "Youth Culture and College Culture."
Charles Bazile, "Hello. Is Anyone There?"
Pebely Vargas, "DSP Continues."
Jake M. Wark, "Means and Motives."
Richard Corrente, "The Dragon Court World."


7. Researching Academic Discourse Communities.
Preparing to Study an Academic Setting.
Reading an Academic Study.
Reading Selection Sheila Tobias, "The Eric Experiment."
Seeing from the Perspective of a Researcher.
Reflecting Back on Personal Experience as a Student.
Writing in Academic Genres: Analyzing Your Response to an Assignment.
8. Analyzing Classroom Conversations.
Observing a Classroom Moment.
Drawing on a Reading.
Reading Selection Mike Rose, "The Politics of Remediation."
Exploring Strategies for Taking a Critical Perspective.
Writing in Academic Genres: The Critical Analysis of Research Data.
9. Reporting Research in Academic Disciplines.
Approaching the Library.
Entering Academic Conversations.
Exploring Style and Genre in Academic Writing.
Writing in Academic Genres.
Additional Readings for Part III.
Juliette's Report, "Women in Science and Bio 112."
James Paul Gee, "Literacy, Discourse, and Linguistics."
Jean Anyon, "Social Class and the Hidden Curriculum of Work."
Christina Haas, "Learning to Read Biology."
Vanessa Ortega, "Music as Lifestyle."
Sophia Kang, "An Exciting Debate."
Mike LeVert, "Academic Discourse Community Study-Physics."


Classroom Strategies.
Reading Strategies.
Writing Strategies.
Editing Strategies.
Peer Response Strategies.
Self-Assessment Strategies.
Portfolio Strategies.
Reporting Strategies.
Strategies for Field Research.
Strategies for Library Research.
Citation and Documentation Styles.