Reading together

Perusall logoWe’ll use Perusall to annotate and read together. Link here to Perusall.

Instructions for joining on the Week 1: Getting Situated page.

Researching together

Our course is organized around a series of two week “Make Cycle” routines. We’ll gather our own literacy data, do some analysis, read, write, and make artifacts together. Our tasks can be found under the Make Cycles menu above.

Slides & Resources

Slides & Resources

We can share slides, notes, resources we want to keep track of here.

Place for shared notes (we might decide to rotate some people who keep notes for us)

Oct 11 & 13:

Oct 4:

Just FYI: sequel to Aristotle & Dante for those of you who are interested.

Elise’s song make

Adobe Spark examples:

Film examples:

Why Not Now: Mardelle Peck from Objekt Films

Sylvia’s film example below

What if we grabbed a couple of favorite sentences from our literacy interviews and gave them voice/image? Shared in Adobe Spark or short film or something else (poetry form?)

Sept 29

Link to slides for Brandt work

Sept 27

Reading Rainbow theme song

Reading Rainbow and Jimmy Fallon  

From Brandt’s “Sponsors of Literacy”

Sponsors, as I have come to think of them, are 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. Just as the ages of radio and television accustom us to having programs brought to us by various commercial sponsors, it is useful to think about who or what underwrites occasions of literacy learning and use. Although the interests of the sponsor and the sponsored do not have to converge (and, in fact, may conflict) sponsors nevertheless set the terms for access to literacy and wield powerful incentives for compliance and loyalty. Sponsors are a tangible reminder that literacy learning throughout history has always required permission, sanction, assistance, coercion, or, at minimum, contact with existing trade routes. Sponsors are delivery systems for the economies of literacy, the means by which these forces present themselves to-and through-individual learners. They also represent the causes into which people’s literacy usually gets recruited.

Who sponsors our literacies (in helpful and not so helpful ways)?

Do you see evidence of literacy sponsors in your interviews?

What other categories are we seeing in interview data (any patterns)?

Sept 13 & 20

“It’s interesting how cheating on tests is viewed as a student’s betrayal of their teacher/institution, rather than (generally) an attempt to avoid punishment for failure to keep up with instruction that is either unwilling or unable to slow down for them.” — Kaela

“Technology isn’t impartial. It is created by humans and is subject to the biases and prejudices of the people who create, run, and use it.” –Arie

Digital Learning Policy CSU Chico

FAQ Proctorio Chico State

Slides for quantified self work

Sept 1

Slides for Kirkland quotes: link here

Prep for Makes

Link to Shipka (backstory for our Makes)



The Small Science Zine Archive

Have a Feeling Zine

A digital version of the folding instruction sheet

Video of folding

From Sarah Pape: The Hermit Crab Essay

Simply put, a hermit crab essay is a piece of writing that lives in the shell of another form—essay as instructions, essay as syllabus, essay as liner notes in an album. Essayists Brenda Miller and Suzanne Paola coined the term in their book Tell It Slant: Creating, Refining and Publishing Creative Nonfiction. Here’s what they have to say about the metaphor and the approach:

 A hermit crab is a strange animal, born without the armor to protect its soft, exposed abdomen. And so it spends its life occupying the empty, often beautiful, shells left behind by snails or other mollusks. It reanimates these shells, making of them a strange, new hybrid creature that has its own particular beauty, its own way of moving through the tide pools and among the rocks. Each one will be slightly different, depending on the type of shell it decides to inhabit.


The Professor of Longing by Jill Talbot

User Manual for Administering High Stakes Testing by Ali Kent

The Heart as a Torn Muscle by Randon Billings Noble

Writing Prompts from a Teacher Trying to Get Her Class to Reveal Where They Hid Her Keys by Libby Marshall

To get started: you might start by looking over the data you collected as you traced your literacies and the bit of reflective writing from class on Monday (see prompts below from Aug 30). Then, take a look at this list of writing genres and choose a “shell” that might lend itself to your subject (also, feel free to pick a genre not listed here). From Sarah Pape: “Part of the delight in drafting a Hermit Crab Essay is getting the form to look convincing.”

Sylvia’s video example

Aug 30

Individual work with notes:

How did you decide what to keep track of? What questions emerged as you tried to decide what to record? What did you learn about your reading and writing habits from tracing those two days? What was left out? Do you think what you decided to trace is a representation of you as a reader/writer? Reflect on what you learned from tracing your literacies.

Barton and Hamilton (2000) describe literacy practices as “the general cultural ways of utilizing written language which people draw upon in their lives. In the simplest sense literacy practices are what people do with literacy” (p. 8). Literacy practices involve values, attitudes, feelings, and social relationships. They have to do with how people in a particular culture construct literacy, how they talk about literacy and make sense of it. These processes are at the same time individual and social. They are abstract values and rules about literacy that are shaped by and help shape the ways that people within cultures use literacy.


What literacy categories emerge? What literate activities take up the most time? What counts as literacy? What seems to be the purpose of the reading and writing in our sample? How do peers’ traces of literacies compare with yours?

If this was a sample data set, what claims could we make about how literacy is used in our cultures?

Prep for reading Wednesday: meet David Kirkland

Aug 23: Slides for day 1 (Aug 23) here