Reading Response: Shitty First Drafts

I thought this text was fantastic. It was so liberating because I’ve always been under the impression that even the “not so great” writers, can sit down and words immediately start to flow out onto the page. It is also a relief to me, because I always feel the need to write more than one draft, simply because I always second guess myself. Ann’s writing has helped me realize that it’s good to write more than one draft, and it is even common for the most phenomenal writer’s to do this. Whenever I’m writing, my mind is constantly questioning itself and making me feel like the way I’m writing will never be good enough. Ironically, I’m even doing this right now! It drives me nuts. However, I feel like the fear and anxiety of writing has definitely improved since college started. Before college, I could make myself panic at the thought of trying to write a decent paper or essay. Writing has become a lot more common for me now and I think this has helped ease my worry. I would have to say that I don’t have any consistent or particular writing rituals, but there are a few things I do before I write and even during. Before I write, I almost always scribble out an outline. Without an outline, I am overwhelmed and don’t even know where to begin with my thoughts. I would also prefer to be sitting somewhere comfortable, and my favorite place to write is in the library. I feel like I can really think because it’s so quiet. Music also helps my writing. I tend to zone out and music makes me more productive. Other than that, I typically write two drafts, and if I’m really paranoid, I’ll write three. I feel like my writing rituals are effective for me, because they make me comfortable. If I am under any kind of pressure or stress, I probably need to find another time to write. I feel like I have a love, hate relationship with writing, but as of right now, I’m on pretty good terms with it. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that I wrote two papers last week and had other writing assignments that I successfully finished on time.


Class Notes: 10/21

How to Use: Technology

Able to understand

-how to use

-how it works

Basic Understanding


Store Information



Further Education

Develop newer forms of technology

Discourses & Literacies —-> Contextual (surrounding the text, the reason we are able to answer why things are the way they are.)

-Technology is contextual.

-Literacy is not stagnant.

What does it mean to be technologically literate?

Technological literacy is knowledge about what technology is, how it works, what purposes it can serve, and how it can be used efficiently and effectively to achieve specific goals.

Gee’s: Acquisition vs. Learning

-The person who had acquired something has to have both aspects in order to fully understand why we do what we do.

Software vs. Hardware

The relationship between reader and writer.

Learning how to learn?

According to Haliday, what does a blog mean?

Class Notes: Literacies, Academic Discourse, & Conventions of Appropriateness

Class Notes on Group Facilitation: 10/16


Literacies, Academic Discourse, Conventions of Appropriateness


  • School:

Appropriate-casually formal, respectful, focused

Inappropriate-using profanity, talking about drugs/alcohol, improper grammar in emails


  • Professional:

Appropriate-serious, proper grammar, respectful, straight to the point

Inappropriate-hoodrat, sloppy, emotional


  • Family:

Appropriate-open communication, comfortable, school, sports, loving, asking favors, politely asking for money

Inappropriate-stealing money, cursing (depends), disrespect, “bad stuff,”


  • Friends:

Appropriate-anything goes, sarcasm

Inappropriate-gossip about them, hurting their feelings, pushing their buttons


There is appropriate and inappropriate behavior and language to use in certain situations.


Literacies & Academic Discourses: 


Science: Steps, informative, data


History: Important figures or people, factual, important dates and events,


English: Analytical, themes, focusing on grammar and mechanisms


For different academic discourses, when a person writes, it becomes more personalized towards that discourse.

Free Write: Group Facilitation 10/16

Explain why you can’t use one type of writing for different subjects?

I think that you can’t use one type of writing for different subjects because different subjects focus on certain things. For example, social sciences and sciences are more concerned with when something happened opposed to who wrote. In my Sociology class, I have to write a paper in APA format because the in text citations give the date of when the facts were written. In English, when writing a research paper in MLA format, it’s very important to include the author and give them full credit for the facts or statement you included in your paper. I agree that it would be much easier to use one universal format for every subject and every type of writing, but it’s necessary to distinguish what you’re writing is focusing on, whether it be who wrote it or when it was written.

What does it mean to be technologically literate?

I believe that a person who is technologically literate is knowledgeable and well-educated in the areas of computers, cell phones, TV’s, social media, and any other form of communication or electronics. However, after researching other websites about the meaning of what it is to be “technologically literate,” I realized that the term has actually evolved and is continuing to due to the advances that our world has made through technology. To be technologically literate today has definitely changed compared to what it meant even in the 1990’s. Most of this is due to the fact that as technology rapidly advances, it becomes more and more complex, causes some people to adapt to it and learn it, and others to struggle to keep up. Think about it, DVD’s weren’t even around until 1997 and our cell phones and computers have continued to grow smaller over time. Apple has managed to take a huge desktop computer and create a laptop that is less than inch thick and only weighs about two and a half pounds. It’s pretty amazing how advanced we are today and it will be interesting to watch technology continue to evolve over time. I believe that a person who knows how to use technology in the 21st century has the ability to obviously access information, understand it, communicate through/with it, evaluate and formulate it, and most importantly, create it. Technology allows a person to solve problems and has given us unlimited opportunities that we could never achieve on our own. I also learned through the readings that there isn’t one specific definition of technological literacy, similar to the term literacy by itself. Both of them take on many different meanings and it honestly depends on how we interpret it. A person who is technologically literate in one country can be twice as advanced compared to another person who lives somewhere else in the world. With all of the cultures, societies, and eras across the globe, how literate a person is varies, making it difficult to find an absolute definition for it. I would consider myself technologically literate, simply because my generation is highly influenced by technology and the media in our society. It’s not really something I had to put too much effort into learning either, I’ve just conformed to it because it’s always been there. It’s interesting to see my parents generation adapt to the new ways of our culture and try to learn how to use the technology around us.

Class Notes: 10/10

Starts off with questions:


Discourse Community-text and language (little d)


Communities of Practice-other stuff, values, etc. + little d = “D”

  • Shared interests, involvements


Discourses come from Communities of Practice


Social, Political, and Recreational Communities: 

  • Communities are separate from communities of practice
    • If you’re not involved in some ways, you’re not involved in that community of practice.
    • Example: Moving to a different state and joining a new church, a different community of practice. 
    • John’s says that different ideas and viewpoints develop within a community of practice, since we are all part of different discourses, we bring those in with us. 
    • There would be no growth is everything was the same. We challenge each other and push each other. 


Want to target audience to be very focused and narrow so that you are able to determine the discourse.


Academic communities texts are supposed to be heavy and slow down the reader, you should have questions after reading them.

Reading Response Seven: Literacy, Discourse, & Power

Through reading this article, I feel like my understanding and connections of discourse and power has definitely expanded. Of course I’ve always known that there are different types of discourses to use at certain times, but I had never categorized these literacies and analyzed them from a perspective of power and authority. The reading talked about discourse in professional communities, academic communities, and the cost of being affiliated with these communities. As I read, I felt like my perspective changed about how I feel about being a student and spending most of my life in a classroom. Without even realizing it, I’ve discovered that there have always been certain expectations of me as a student, to speak a certain way, at a certain time, to write a certain way, so I can fit in with a certain group in order to follow the rules of the people who had the power and authority, my teachers. At this point in my life, my group is being a student. I feel like I don’t have very much power or authority over my writing right now and I generally have to write and relate my literacy to the standards of those above me. And more importantly, I have to meet the standards of the people who are giving me the grade. It was really easy for me to relate to the academic communities section because I am a student in college fighting to survive and transform my writing to fit the mold of my professor’s expectations. As I was reading, I began to think about the way I’ve adapted my writing and use of words to fit the context of my teachers. I also began to think about our discussions throughout the semester in this class and how I wouldn’t write a paper in my English class the same way I would write a Facebook message to my cousin in Connecticut. I certainly agree with the text in the sense that students are asked to modify their language to fit that of an academic classroom or discipline. This is something I have to do everyday along with the people who sit next to me in the classroom. We sacrifice a lot as students in order to accept the texts, roles, and contexts of academic discourse and I appreciated the fact that this article recognized that and was almost giving us a voice in that it understood our struggle over power and authority in our society over literacy and discourse.



Literacy Is Power

Notes on Reading Response 7

Free Write from my Group Facilitation

Today’s class facilitation has definitely expanded my knowledge in cultures and languages, literacies, and discourses. Since my group presented today, all of the knowledge I gained through research and teaching the class has definitely given me a better understanding of how culture and language is all interconnected and the effect it has on society. I didn’t realize how many different aspects make up our culture and the way we speak. One of the challenges my group faced was deciding on how to tie everything together since culture is such a broad topic. It covers a group of peoples language, beliefs, dress, attitude, values, norms, behaviors, and even material objects that are important enough to pass on to future generations of a society. However, I feel like this topic has benefited me in many way. For starters, I have a much better understanding of language and culture simply because I had to teach the class about what it is which has helped me retain the information much better. This topic is also related to what I am currently learning about in my Sociology class which makes it super interesting that I can connect it in two of my classes.

Literacy Vignette 3: My Piano Recital

In my third Literacy Vignette, I feel like I really grasped the concept of describing literacy and a defining moment that impacted my perspective on language. As I wrote about my piano recital, I was able to talk about a language that most people aren’t familiar with. It’s a musical language that communicates through notes and measures. I think it is amazing because a person can express and say so much without having to speak any words. This is exactly how I feel when I play, and when I don’t have the right words to say, there is a lot of power in what I have to say through the music I play.

Literacy Vignette 3