Everything's a Text Readings for Composition

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  • Copyright: 2010-11-15
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A colorful and current reader,Multiple Literaciescaptures our information age by utilizing mediums of print, visual, and digital text that students encounter daily. Students will view a range of texts from blogs to lyrics to advertisements to graffiti that are coupled with a variety of open-ended projects, allowing them to think critically and creatively about the readings. This hip reader has the most diverse genres in its class to more effectively prepare students for college-level reflection and analysis.

Table of Contents

Part I: A Rhetoric for Multiple Literacies

Chapter 1: What Is Literacy?

Chapter 2: Reading and Composing Processes 


Part II: Readings for Situating Multiple Literacies

Chapter 3: Situating Personal Literacies

Chapter 4: Situating Oral Literacies

Chapter 5: Situating Visual Literacies

Chapter 6: Situating Digital Literacies

Chapter 7: Situating Popular Culture Literacies

Chapter 8: Situating Academic Literacies

Chapter 9: Situating Civic Literacies




Part I: A Rhetoric for Multiple Literacies


Chapter 1: What Is Literacy?

Definitions of Literacy

Situating Literacy

Literacy Purposes

Letters of apology from President Clinton regarding the internment of Americans of Japanese descent

Literacy Audiences

           Three excerpts from Malcolm X speeches to different audiences (a Detroit civil rights

              group, Harvard University students, and the Nation of Islam)

Literacy Personas

           Excerpts from a case study of a student in a sociology class

Literacy Mediums

           Excerpts of The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King novel and film script

Literacy Genres

           Song lyrics from Mos Def’s “Dollar Day”

Literacy Contexts

           Three advertisements for Coke in three different historical contexts


Chapter 2: Reading and Composing Processes

Reading Processes

          Double-entry journal for an analysis of the film Trainspotting

Advice for Improving Your Reading Processes

          Annotated Web screen shot from a review of Trainspotting

Reading for Multiple Purposes

          Article from a student newspaper

Reading in Multiple Mediums

          Excerpts from Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud

          Newspaper editorial, poster, and link to video for an anti-drunk driving campaign

Reading in Multiple Genres

          Excerpts from a scientific experimental report 

Reading in Multiple Contexts

           Brian Turner’s poem “Eulogy”

Composing Processes in Multiple Literacies

           Revisions of a lithograph by M.C. Escher

One Student’s Composing Process

          Drafts of a student’s personal literacy narrative

Composing for Multiple Purposes

           Assignments from First-Year Writing courses  

Composing in Multiple Mediums

            Excerpts from interviews with Beck about composing songs

Composing in Multiple Genres

            Examples from student case studies of how genre affected students’ composing processes

Composing in Multiple Contexts

            Excerpts from personal essays by Sherman Alexie, Paule Marshall, and Gloria Anzaldúa.


Part II: Readings for Situating Multiple Literacies


Chapter 3: Situating Personal Literacies

What Are Personal Literacies?

            “What’s I Got to Do with It? Personal Literacies in the Writing Classroom” by Amy Hodges Hamilton

            Student Case Study: Composing a Personal Literacy Narrative

Personal Literacy Readings

            CCCC Statement on Students’ Right to Their Own Language      [position statement]

            “My Most Spectacular Failure” by Claras Leandre         [student personal literacy narrative]

            “Superman and Me” by Sherman Alexie          [essay]

            “Between the Sheets” by Ellen Wade Beals     [poem]

            “Marginalia” by Billy Collins   [poem]

            “Two Questions” by Lynda Barry        [cartoon]

            Excerpts from “The Poets in the Kitchen” by Paule Marshall      [essay]

            “Mother Tongue” by Amy Tan            [essay]

            “Why I Don’t Like My Accent” by Miku Rager   [student documentary]

            “How to Tame a Wild Tongue” by Gloria Anzaldúa        [essay]

Personal Literacy Projects


Chapter 4: Situating Oral Literacies

What Are Oral Literacies?

            “Oral Literacies: Finding Your Voices” by Alexis Davidson

            Student Case Study: Composing and Delivering a Speech

            “Not for Sale” byj Alexandra Giang     [speech]

Oral Literacy Readings

            Inaugural Address by President Barack Obama           [speech]

            “The Boss in Common” by Andrew Burgess    [student essay]

            Slam poetry from HBO’s Def Poetry Jam     [poetry]

            Excerpt from Talkin and Tesifyin: The Language of Black America by Geneva Smitherman [book excerpt]

            Excerpts from Mules and Men by Zora Neale Huston    [folk tales]

            Excerpt from Doing Oral History: A Practical Guide by Donald Ritchie    [book excerpt]

            Interview with Jerry K. Walsh, Vietnam War veteran   [oral history]

Oral Literacy Projects


Chapter 5: Situating Visual Literacies

What Are Visual Literacies?

            “Literacy Is Not Just Words Anymore” by Pavel Zemliansky

            Student Case Study: Composing a Digital Slideshow

Visual Literacy Readings

            Excerpt from Picture This: How Pictures Work by Molly Bang     [book excerpt]

            Excerpts from Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture by Maria Sturken and Lisa Cartwight     [book


            “Pictures in America: It Isn’t Just About How Many Words They’re Worth” by Cameron Granger   [student essay]

A Periodic Table of Visualization Methods by Ralph Lengler and Martin J. Eppler

            Images of Graffiti     [graffiti]            

Nighthawks and Approaching a City and Automat by Edward Hopper         [paintings]

Visual Literacy Projects

“Hopper: The Loneliness Factor” by Mark Strand          [essay]


Chapter 6: Situating Digital Literacies

What Are Digital Literacies?

            “Surfing, Searching, and Social Networking: Redefining Digital Literacy with Facebook and Wikipedia” by Dustin Anderson

            Student Case Study: Composing a Web site

Digital Literacy Readings

            Excerpt from “Growing Up Digital” by John Seely Brown           [essay]

            “Effective Web Writing” by Crawford Kilian      [essay]

            “What We’re Doing When We Blog” by Meg Hourihan   [essay]

            “A Grand Unified Theory of YouTube and MySpace: Point-and-Click Sites That Don’t Tell You What to Do” by Paul Boutin         [newspaper article]

            “Living the Virtual Life: A Second Life” by Peter Hall     [student essay]

            Excerpt from What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy by James Paul Gee        [book excerpt]

            “The Telephone” by Anwar Accawi     [essay]

             Two screen shots from The Webby Awards winners     [web sites]

            Two screen shots from blogs             [blogs]

            Three screen shots from Second Life [virtual reality]

            “Flying Cars and Endless Playlists” by Amanda Henderson       [student digital literacy narrative]

Digital Literacy Projects


Chapter 7: Situating Popular Culture Literacies

What Are Popular Culture Literacies?

            “A Pop Life” by Stacey A. Suver

            Student Case Study: Composing an Essay about Pop Culture

Popular Culture Literacy Readings

            “I’ll Take My Stand: A Defense of Popular Culture” by Anthony DeCurtis           [essay]

            “Don’t Super Size Me…Dumbify Me” by Samantha Calarusse    [student essay]

            “Outpouring over Michael Jackson Unlike Anything Since Princess Di” by Daniel B. Wood [magazine article]

            “Barbie at 35” by Anna Quindlen        [essay]

             Magazine covers with pop culture icons          [magazine covers]

            Images of Barbie past and present          [photos]

            “Sex and the Single Doll” by Yona Zeldis McDonough   [essay]

            “Larger Than Life” by Jenny Lyn Bader                       [essay]

            Graphic Novel Review of Locke & Key (by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez) by Mel Odom           [review]

            Interview with Joe Hill from Graphic Novel Reporter            [interview]

            Excerpt from Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez  [graphic novel]      

Popular Culture Literacy Projects


Chapter 8: Situating Academic Literacies

What Are Academic Literacies?

            “Writing Across the University: Academic Discourse as a Conversation” by Fiona Glade

            Student Case Study: Composing an Academic Research Project

Academic Literacy Readings

            The Council of Writing Program Administrators’ Outcomes Statement for First-Year Composition  [outcome statement]

            Writing Outcomes Statements from across the Curriculum       [outcomes statements]

            “Letter to an Incoming Freshman–Writing in the Academy” by Aaro Lautamo    [student letter]

            Excerpt from “A Stranger in Strange Lands: A College Student Writing Across the Curriculum” by Lucille Parkinson McCarthy

            Student Writing from across the Curriculum:
                “Emotional Disturbances: The Effects of Parental Neglect Types on Children” by Nancy Alkema     [social science research report in APA style]
                “Constitutionality v. Morality: San Antonio School District v. Rodriguez” by Harshjit Sethi      [essay in MLA style]

“Mechanistic and Genetic Causes of Depression and the Effect of SSRIs on the Serotonergic Pathway” by Ashley Nicole Phares          [scientific report in CSE style]

Academic Literacy Projects


Chapter 9: Situating Civic Literacies

What Are Civic Literacies?

            “Writing as Public Power: Civic Literacies” by Catherine Gabor

            Student Case Study: Composing a Service Learning Project

Civic Literacy Readings

            Excerpt from "Millennials Talk Politics: A Study of College Students' Civic Engagement" by The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement [research report]

            Excerpt from Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know by E.D. Hirsch      [book excerpt]

            Excerpt from Critical Literacy: What Every American Ought to Know by Eugene Provenzo [book excerpt]

            Guerrilla Girls Posters           [posters]

            Images of Women from Magazines Ads Past and Present         [ads]

Linguistic Society of America’s "Statement on Language Rights" [position statement]

            Excerpt from the U.S. English Web site         [Web text]

“Executive Order 13166: Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency” by Bill Clinton            [executive order]

Civil Literacy Projects




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