edt246girls - Megan Wauschek Discussion questions February...

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Megan Wauschek Discussion questions February 28, 2011 1.) What are the two literate systems discussed and how do they impact students’ reading? The two literate systems are the ‘Official Expectations’ and the ‘literate underlife’. Sanctioned literacies, or the official expectations, are those litteracies that are recognized, circulated, and sanctioned by adults in authority. These literacies are involved in and help a student academically in school. The literate underlife are those practices that refuse in some way to accept the official view, practices designed and enacted to challenge and disrupt the official expectations. Because the literate underlife was out of control of authority it created a space for girls to secure social roles, to present a self less controlled by adults and authority. The literate underlife usually serves as a kind of ‘recess’ or break from school for middle-schoolers. The girls write notes to each other, write down jokes and drawings and puns and signs on the restroom stalls. The girls entertained each other and the literate underlife served two functions for them; providing playtime away from adults and providing opportunity to try on and test out more adult
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