From Last Time:
  • Read Readings of "Writing as a Social and Rhetorical Activity" and on "How Writing Speaks to Situations in Recognizable Forms" in the Reading Library of Blackboard.
  • Write, in your journal, on one of the "Language" prompts on page 2 of your Literacy Autobiography Assignment. You will answer roll by reading aloud what you have written.
  • *Spend a bit of time each day working on your literacy autobiography.

Today's Daily Agenda

"Writing is alchemy."
Amanda King

1. Attendance by reading your "Language" Entry

2. Questions?

3. Activity

  • Note the different typewriters
  • Note a bit about the changes, and why they are designed the way they are
  • Talk about "Skeuomorphs"
  • Chose one of the four typewriters, and type the exercise as best you can in 5 minutes
  • We will do other things why you are doing this.

4. Writing Time

  • Deborah Brandt defines "Sponsors of Literacy" as “any agents, local or distant, concrete or abstract, who enable, support, teach, model, as well as recruit, regulate, suppress, or withhold literacy—and gain advantage by it in some way.”


  • Write on what you think this means


  • Write on people who may have been "Literacy Sponsors" in your own life
  • Pair share
  • Once you are done, spend the remainder of your time re-reading all of your entries so far, looking at what you might include in your LA

5. Questions?

6. Finish wrap up of Farr from last time

  • Lirico 470-1; note similar to 17th century England
    • Accounts have in common
      • Process 472
      • Social nature 474
      • Setting 476
  • Domains of literacy
    • Religious
    • Commercial
    • State/Law
    • Education
  • What do we get from this?

7.. Wrap up of our discussion of literacy.

  • Definitions
  • How do you, as an individual, learn?
  • How do we, as members of a society learn?
  • Implications of literacy?
  • Reasons for literacy?
  • Domains of literacy?
  • En cual lengua . . .

8. Threshold concepts:

  • “A threshold concept can be considered as akin to a portal, opening up a new and previously inaccessible way of thinking about something. It represents a transformed way of understanding, or interpreting, or viewing something without which the learner cannot progress. As a consequence of comprehending a threshold concept there may thus be a transformed internal view of subject matter, subject landscape, or even world view. This transformation may be sudden or it may be protracted over a considerable period of time, with the transition to understanding proving troublesome. Such a transformed view or landscape may represent how people ‘think’ in a particular discipline, or how they perceive, apprehend, or experience particular phenomena within that discipline (or more generally).”
  • They are transformative-- in that, once understood, its potential effect on student learning and behaviour, is to occasion a significant shift in the perception of a subject, or part thereof.
  • Each of the readings we did today were about a "threshold concept" in Writing Studies. Discuss
    • Writing is a social and rhetorical activity
    • Writing is a knowledge making activity
    • Writing Addresses, invokes, and/or creates Audiences
    • Writing expresses and shares meaning to be reconstructed by the reader
    • Words get their meanings from other words
  • Writing Speaks to Situations through recognizable forms
    • Writing represents the world, events, ideas, and feelings
  • Genres are enacted by writers and reader
  • Your reactions.
  • Note that you all do these. Is it important to "break out" and identify each of them and know that you do them, or is it sufficient to just be able to do them?

9. Next Time/La Próxima Vez:

  • Read selections on "How writing reflects belief systems" and "Writers always have more to learn" in Blackboard
  • Write your third weekly reflection (on Farr and today's readings)
  • Be drafting your literacy autobiography