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Alexander, Brandt, and Literacy Narratives

Alexander, Brandt, and Literacy Narratives

Throughout Alexander’s Success, Victims, and Prodigies, he writes about the many different cultural narratives and why certain ones are used the most. Though “success” was the most used one, I feel as though my literacy narrative falls under “hero”. At first I did not even look at the hero narrative, my narrative was not anything heroic, why would it fall under that category? At first glance of the topics, I thought that my narrative would be under “success”. But after finishing…

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Working in Medium

Working in Medium

A Not So Dim Tunnel Moving into college is one of those experiences that happens in a blink of an eye, but sticks with you for years. Something else that may stick with someone for years is failing a class in one of their best subjects. This happened to me my sophomore year of high school. My English class was the first class I had ever failed; I had never even come close to a failing grade either. Though that was…

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On Self-Curation

On Self-Curation

Researching myself surprisingly resulted in positive posts. A quick google search showed links to past and present social media accounts. These really only show my love for food and dogs, with my Instagram showing my love for art and boyfriend. One surprising link actually led to an art gallery’s website. This post was from when I was in elementary school, writing about how me and my fellow artists had a successful gallery showing. Staying on the topic of art, following…

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Signaling And Source Use

Signaling And Source Use

Original: “Discourses are ways of being in the world; they are forms of life which integrate words, acts, values, beliefs, attitudes, and social identities as well as gestures, glances, body positions, and clothes.” (Gee 6) With Embedded Quote: Gee defines Discourse  as “ways of being in the world; they are forms of life which integrate words, acts, values, beliefs, attitudes, and social identities as well as gestures, glances, body positions, and clothes.” (6) Making this an embedded quote connects my…

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“And Yet”

“And Yet”

Original:   She provides an experiment of people sitting or standing in different positions. New: But nonverbals are real, and are arguably one of the most important factors in entering a discourse. This can be seen in her experiment of power poses.  I chose to make this change because it helps to better explain how Cuddy’s examples and experiment relates to my claim. Original: One could have a well put together business plan, but have their presentation off due to…

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Re-Seeing Draft

Re-Seeing Draft

Some areas in my rough draft that I could focus on are moving paragraphs around, summarize less while explaining more, and adding a strong concluding paragraph. Around the middle of my essay, I start to talk about Cuddy. It is here that I introduce her with a paragraph. But my peers suggested that it should belong in the beginning of the draft since that is where all the introductions are made. I agree with this comment, it is an awkward…

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Connecting Gee and Cuddy

Connecting Gee and Cuddy

Gee’s first theorem is very harsh. It says that you cannot just have your foot in the door of a Discourse, you must be fully in it. If you are not completely engulfed in the Discourse then you are not “fluent” in that area. When you fail to fully display the Discourse, you are essentially saying that you do not belong in that Discourse- you are a “pretender” at best. This theorem is very controversial in the sense of how…

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Barclay’s Formula Paragraph

Barclay’s Formula Paragraph

James Paul Gee argues that it is not just what you say, it is also how you say it and how you act as well. Throughout Literacy, Discourse, and Linguistics: Introduction, Gee claims that literacy studies should not just focus on the grammar and language and overall literacy of someone, or something, but more so should focus on the social practices of the situations. Gee defines Discourse  as a “way of being in the world… form of which integrate words,…

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Questions on Reading Gee and Cuddy

Questions on Reading Gee and Cuddy

1.) Gee defines Discourses (capital D) as “saying (writing)-doing-being-valuing-believing combinations”. This means that one cannot just simply learn a certain discipline, they must be involved in it. One must engulf themselves in the culture of what they are trying to become. In Amy Cuddy’s TED Talk, she says, “Where are you being evaluated, either by your friends? For teenagers, it’s at the lunchroom table. For some people it’s speaking at a school board meeting. It might be giving a pitch or…

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Reading Gee

Reading Gee

Throughout the excerpt Literacy, Discourse, and Linguistics: Introduction by James Paul Gee, Gee discusses Discourses and the impacts that they have on everyone. Gee defines Discourses (capital D) as “saying (writing)-doing-being-valuing, believing combinations.” This “combination” is important to Gee because he believes that one must play the right role in a given social situation. He compares it to learning a second language or socially situated cognition. One cannot just be taught a Discourse, they must be engulfed in the culture, with Gee…

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