An active reader underlines and annotates while reading asking questions and thinking carefully while reading. Reading to understand the key concepts of the reading in order to sketch connections and apply the reading to their own ideas. An active reader would do informal writings after reading to make sense and work out thoughts of the reading. Informal writings would help improve their understanding of a reading.
The post going down the rabbit hole was a post I made after reading the first ten literacy narratives in the archive. This post help me better organize and think about my initial thoughts of the narratives.
After Reading ten Literacy Narratives on Rising Cairn I noticed some similarities in all the papers. Every paper that I read talked about their experiences with reading and writing in school. Some of these were positive experiences and some were negative. Regardless of the experience I took notice that school especially in the lower grades plays an important role in a persons experiences with reading and writing and their views on the subjects. I also saw a lot of positive experiences with reading and writing in the household environment instead of a school environment. Most of the time when I read about someones experiences at home compared to at school they were much more comfortable at home and deemed to enjoy it more. Teachers was another factor that I saw reading the stories that played a big role in the devilment of someone personal literary experience. It was really interesting how just one person could have such a strong impact on a persons experience causing them to either love it or hate it. It made me wonder and wan to ask some of the writers why these relation ships meant so much to them. It was clear to see from reading these stories that the education system and a persons experience going through it was key to their relationship with reading and writing.
This post got me thinking and on the track to some of my initial questions that I used in my paper. I really just used the post as a form of writing to make sense of some of the thoughts I was having when reading the narratives.
In the post Reading Alexander I wrote about alexanders paper and what I read that I thought was interesting in her findings and compared them to my own. I wrote down some of the key points from her paper that I found similar in my readings and what she found that was different from my readings.
In Alexanders paper she researchers literacy narratives and other works on literacy narratives to try to answer her questions that she has about them. She brings up the concepts of master narratives which are the types of literacy narratives that are most common among people and little narratives are types literacy narratives that are not as common as the master narratives. In her paper she wonders what types of literacy narratives are the little narratives and how do they compare to the master narratives. She also wonders do little narratives vary because of things like demographics, race, class, and gender. She has a group of students put together that are from diverse backgrounds and has them each write a literacy narrative. She compares them and finds that success literacy narratives were the master narrative. She also concluded that demographics, gender, race, and class did not play much of a role in their stories. She determined the types of little narratives too the most common being the victim narrative. When reading the paper I was comparing her findings with the ones I have been making while reading the rising Carin essays . The largest difference I noticed was that the narratives I have been reading seem to be victim narratives which in her findings is a little narrative. The definitions she writes for the types of narratives she found though where helpful for me though trying to understand and categorize the essays I am reading.
In the post I wrote about the concepts of master and little narratives that she brings up. I tried to make sense of these new concepts by trying to apply them to my own findings. In this post I found that what she thought was the master narrative was a different master narrative for me in the narratives I was reading. I used the post to connect her work to mine and object some of her ideas.