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Sunday, July 09, 2006

Literacy as it exists in a s0cial context.

...Or something like that.

Next school year I am doing an independent project with one of my pr0fressors involving literacy as something that exists in a s0cial context.  The idea that I am exploring is that s0cial interactions are an integral part of becoming literate both in and out of the classroom.

I don't have a specific question I am trying to answer, or thesis statement that will encompass everything I read, yet.  Tomorrow I am going to a university library to look at books and try to come up with something more specific. 

I was wondering if anyone out there in the edublog world would like to recommend any books you may have read involving literacy.  Any suggestions would be helpful.  (Or, are there any books you have read but absolutely hated?  I could make sure to keep those off my reading list.)

I'm kind of wandering a little lost in this, as this will be my first independent project.  I need to select the books/articles I would like to read, and the ideas I would like to explore.  So, any suggestions/recommendations of books you have found interesting/insightful/helpful would be greatly appreciated.

The two books my pr0fessor recommended (and therefore, the two books I know I will use) are:
Literacy Practices as S0cial Acts - by Cynthia Lewis
Learning and N0t Learning English - Guadalupe Vald├ęs

2 Comments:

Blogger elementaryhistoryteacher said...

One of the books I have found helpful is Nancie Atwell's "In the Middle". She has others, but that's the only title I can remember. In her books she relates how important verbal interaction is to becoming proficient in reading and writing.

You might also get some suggestions from forum participants. Have you ever posted a thread on a forum? I have a former post titled "Meet Me at the Forum" where I links to different ones. You might want to try that.

If you get tired of looking for books you can hop on over to my spot and participate in my 100th post celebration. :)

3:49 PM  
Blogger Mark Horney said...

A book that's a little at the edge of your project, but that I think would be useful is Sherry Turkle's "Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet."

Turkle is a sociologist at MIT.

12:20 PM  

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