Matt Franks: Collins & Blot – “The Literacy Thesis” (A review of an old theory)

Collins & Blot – “The Literacy Thesis” (A review of an old theory) “The Great Divide” — Literacy, the ability to read and write, is purported to be the catalyst of cognitive, cultural, and social reformation into “modernity.” On one side of this debate, literacy is seen as the defining aspect that allows for the construct and advancement of complex… Read more →


Keaton Kirkpatrick: Featured Blogger for Brandt’s “Sponsors of Literacy”

Deborah Brandt – “Sponsors of Literacy” A sponsor of literacy is a broad term that applies to the resources and conditions that influence literacy practices. Sponsors are similar to the patron in a patron-client relationship, meaning a sponsor gives a writer the means to write for the sponsor’s implicit or explicit interests. There are two main kinds of sponsors that… Read more →


Reminders for Week 3

Friendly reminder that you have a paper/text due Wednesday (2/8): a write-up of your pilot literacy day. I would expect to see the various reading and writing practices you used throughout the day, some ideas about the purpose of those reading and writing practices, and maybe even some insights using readings or conversations we’ve had in class. What can you… Read more →



Hello Colleagues and welcome back to spring 2017! Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to immerse yourself in all things literacy theory. I’ve tried to create a much tighter course plan than is typical for me. As many of you know, I’m a big believer in lots of student choice: learning should be learner driven, of course.… Read more →