Professor Joshua Belknap | Co Req ML | Fall 2023

11/27/23 Homework

Think back to your Unit 1 project (Education Narrative) and how you view the significant event or mentor in your past, how that event or teacher has affected your educational journey. Read the following passages:

  1. Literacy Is More than Just Reading & Writing
  2. Sponsors of Literacy in Contemporary Culture: An E-Interview with Dr. Deborah Brandt
  3. Critical Analysis

After you read, share what you think “literacy” is and what a “literacy sponsor” is. Write about a moment in your literacy history when a particular sponsor influenced your development as a reader and/or writer in a meaningful way. Analyze the impact this sponsor had on your literacy development. Explain whether this was a positive or negative experience, and if so, why?


  1. Fernando Fernandez

    Literacy and literacy sponsors.

    Literacy is being able to communicate via reading and writing, and helps us to better listen and understand. And its sponsors are schools, institutions, and technology that helps us with our literacy practice. They can also be informal too, like your family, friends or online communities and all of this can help you with your literacy which is thinking critically.

    I have written about this before in this class but, before starting my first semester the college told me I needed to take a clip semester and ended up taking two semesters. And it really helped me because in highschool i was in ESL class and not really an English class that talked about writing and reading, so the High School i attended never taught me about writing and reading, because i didn’t know english and i was learning. But those two semesters at CLIP really helped me develop my writing skills and things about writing mistakes that I didn’t know. And it was really helpful and it’s helping me in college. It really helps me with not just college but with life.

    But even though i didn’t have an english class in High School here, when i lived in Dominican Republic they had english but it was also like the ESL, but the spanish class is the same class, just a different language, so there what the teachers did, not just that teacher but every teacher from any class, they dictated an article and you had to write it down in the paper, you had to memorize the whole article and say it in front of the class without looking at your paper. And it was a really good way to both improve your writing and reading. You are thinking about the words you listen to and you are writing it down and it’s an effective way to get you interested in that topic. I’m not sure about memorizing the whole thing, I’ve never seen this in the USA and I don’t like memorizing it.

  2. Daria Danchenko

    Literacy enables us to articulate our thoughts with clarity, fostering intellectual growth and personal change. My grandmother was my pivotal “literacy sponsor.” At the age of four, she, alongside my grandfather, began preparing me for school. Initially, I resented the lessons with tutors, but a year later, as I started school, I was grateful for their foresight. By seven, thanks to my grandmother’s influence, I had developed a deep love for reading. I was the child perpetually engrossed in a book—on the train, during school breaks, and even on strolls through the park. Visiting my grandparents meant delving into the literary treasures of my grandmother’s mini library, where I devoured the classics of Russian and Ukrainian literature.

    At thirteen, as I ventured into more mature literature, I encountered unfamiliar words. This sparked a determination to expand my vocabulary. I committed myself to learning new terms daily from books or the internet. My grandmother, a well-read and articulate individual, instilled in me the appreciation for literature and proper grammar. Her influence on my literacy journey was profound and unequivocally positive, for which I remain ever thankful.

  3. Rojina

    Literacy means the ability to read and write. This term’s meaning has expanded to include the ability to use languages, numbers, images, and other means to understand and deal with basic cultural symbols. The concept of literacy has expanded in OECD countries to include the skills of obtaining knowledge through technology. And the ability to evaluate complex contexts. Its opposite is illiteracy in Arabic. According to the United Nations’ definition, the term literacy and the like refers to people who can read and write simple sentences in any language. The term illiteracy is usually mentioned in the Arab world more than the term ability to read and write or literacy, as is the case in foreign languages such as English, for example. The word literacy is derived from two words: (erasure) – (illiteracy), meaning eradication of illiteracy. Erasure is the erasure of something, meaning removal, and the illiterate is the one who neither writes nor reads. General termite is education for the uneducated, and here it concerns the individual or the general, who is old and uneducated. It refers to the fact that everyone can learn, and the educational materials are easily available, meaning that the person is capable of learning. Literacy The rate of change in the global literacy rate from 1970 to 2010. Literacy is described as the ability to read for knowledge, write coherently, and think critically about the written word. Literacy can also include the ability to understand all forms of communication, whether it is body language, images, video, and audio (reading, speaking, listening, and watching). Evolving definitions of literacy and all relevant systems often include a symbol for a particular society. Literacy includes the complex set of abilities to understand and use the dominant code systems of a culture for personal and societal development. In a technological society, the concept of literacy is expanding to include electronic media and texts, in addition to alphabet and number systems. These capabilities vary in different social and cultural contexts according to need and demand. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) defines literacy as the ability “to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate and calculate, using printed and written materials associated with different contexts.” Literacy involves a continuum of learning in enabling individuals to achieve their goals, to develop their knowledge and potential, and to participate fully in society and the wider society. 

    Functional illiteracy is common among adults and is defined in separate ways; For example 

     a) inability to use literacy and numeracy skills to serve themselves and their community,  

    b) inability to read well enough to manage daily life tasks and employment tasks that require reading skills beyond a basic level, 

    c) inability to understand complex texts despite appropriate school education Age, language skills, elementary reading skills, and IQ. 

     Functional illiteracy is distinguished from primary illiteracy (the inability to read and write a short, simple statement related to one’s daily life) and learning disabilities (such as dyslexia). 

    The experience that I had was, when I start learning English to start my college degree it is really had challenging time to catch my goal. At the beginning, I was very confused between English speaker and my speaking. It is not easy for me. I felt like I was literate, then I started improving my skills.  

  4. Anja Rrasa

    My reading and writing journey got exciting when I started dating my boyfriend, who speaks Spanish. Learning Spanish became my goal to connect better with him and his family. For me, literacy means reading and writing, understanding and talking well. My boyfriend is a literacy sponsor and my guide in this learning adventure. I used YouTube and Duolingo to learn, watched Spanish movies for fun learning, and even chatted with strangers on OME.TV to practice. Being shy around people I know made it a bit tough, but I’m still learning daily. This learning experience is not just about speaking Spanish; it’s also about understanding different cultures, showing how personal motivation and daily effort can make a big difference.

  5. marylin

    Literacy is one of the ways we are able to read and write involving commutation and it’s one of the main sources we use on a daily basis. Literacy sponsors are those who are able to support your literacy skills which includes your professors, friends, and family members. When it comes to my literacy history, I remember being taught the basics of the language at first, since english is my second language i’ve been taught learning it from my professors. They would improve my skills by trying to advance and expand my ability to understand both when it comes to writing and communication. Despite my lack of writing and communication towards this language, I would say those around me, especially with my friends have made a difference in me as I would always interact with them in English. To my realization I would seem to sort of mimic the way they’ll communicate and even get used to speaking their slangs they frequently mentioned. My writing would improve by my professor’s assignment given and sort of challenging me with more written assignments, including activities especially for college purposes during high school. I would say there were some challenging moments I’ve encountered however just putting in the effort and dedication would be worth it towards my educational journey. 

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