“A non-dominant Discourse as explained in Gee’s paper is secondary Discourse that “brings solidarity with a particular social network”. Which seems to be much less beneficial than a dominant Discourse. With the mastery of a dominant Discourse social goods can be acquired such as money, prestige, and status. Even with these clear set of differences in benefits between the two types of Discourses there are examples of non-dominant Discourses being chosen over dominant Discourses.” – Intro for draft of discourse paper

“James Paul Gee a linguistics professor at Arizona state university wrote a paper on his theories of discourse. A discourse is the idea of language being more than just what a person is saying and using correct grammar. Instead it is a combination of saying, doing, valuing, believing, and being these five combinations is what makes up a discourse. Lisa Delpit is another Linguist who wrote about discourse after reading Gee’s paper and has different views on discourse than he does. Although both of them have many disagreements on the subject of discourse Delpit seems never to disagree with Gee and his ideas of non dominant discourses and their benefits. In Gee’s paper he explains a non dominant discourse to be a discourse that “brings solidarity with a particular social network”. What he is saying is that non dominant discourses allow a person to build relationships among their social groups. Gee also talks about dominant discourses and their benefits that they can bring in comparison to non dominant ones. In a dominant discourse Gee claims that they can be used to acquire “social goods” things such as money, prestige, and status.” – Revised intro in discourse paper final 

“In literature you can find many examples that show the benefits of non dominant discourse. One of the better examples is the film Dead Poets Society. Mr. Keating one of the main characters in the film struggles with the conflict of a non dominant and dominant discourse throughout the story. Using Gee’s definition of non dominant and dominant discourse it is easy to identify them in the film. The non dominant discourse Keating has is his relationship with his students because he is trying to build up a solidarity with a certain social group. And the dominant one is his career as a teacher at the school because it gives him the social goods that a dominant discourse does like his paycheck and the prestige of being a teacher at a good school. For Keating the two discourses conflict throughout the entire film. It is clear to see though through certain scenes that the non dominant discourse he has with his students is much more beneficial to him because of how it benefits his students than the money and prestige that comes with his career.” – Added body paragraph in the final for the discourse paper to give a better introduction to the film that I discussed in my essay. 

“Throughout my life I have had my ups and downs with reading and writing. There have been moments that I have succeed in a piece of writing or finished a reading and understood it well, but school has made both of these subjects a struggle for me. School is supposed to be a place where you learn and grow as a student enhancing your skills while also gaining confidence in your ability as a reader and writer. In my experience school did not meet any of these standards and because of that I still struggle with reading and writing. I often feel frustrated and that it is a chore to read and write because of my learning experience.” – intro to first draft of literacy narrative

“Throughout my life I have had my ups and downs with reading and writing. There have been moments that I have succeed in a piece of writing or finished a reading and understood it well, but school has made both of these subjects a struggle for me. School is supposed to be a place where you learn and grow as a student enhancing your skills while also gaining confidence in your ability as a reader and writer. In my experience school did not meet any of these standards and because of that I still struggle with reading and writing. There was one moment for me back in the beginning of first grade that was quite pivotal and changed how I viewed myself as a reader and writer for the rest of my schooling.” – revised intro for literacy narrative

Draft of Literacy Narrative

 

https://imiller.uneportfolio.org/literacy-narrative/  – Links to both drafts of literacy narratives to show how you changed the structure.

Prewriting for Discourse Paper