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The Way Literacy Lives: Rhetorical Dexterity and Basic Writing Instruction
by Shannon Carter (Goodreads Author)
Challenges an autonomous model of literacy instruction in favor of one that recognizes and builds on students facility in navigating other rhetorical contexts.
Paperback, 198 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by State University of New York Press
(first published March 6th 2008)
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Excellent book and one that has significantly influenced my pedagogical view toward teaching basic writing. My only complaint was the way in which her voice relies so much on the work of her predecessors. She is, however, well informed about the politics and pedagogy surrounding the education of basic writers in our colleges, so much of her reliance on those who have come before her is warranted.
The concept of rhetorical dexterity is well developed throughout this book, in which Carter explains that it is worthwhile to explicitly teach ways in which literacy is present in multiple contexts and modes. New Literacy scholars will be pleased to see how Carter explains how an understanding of the rules and norms associated within a Discourse can be translated into writing development. I'll definitely be using this text as a citation in future articles or books.
Shannon first found a talent and love for writing at the tender age of six. It would continue to be one of the greatest passions of her life. She graduated from Salem State University with a BA in communications. In 2011 Shannon wrote her debut screenplay Mark of the Dog Rose, which premiered in 2013. An avid reader, she is very fond of fantasy and historical fiction. The Heir of Tara is her first ...moreMore about Shannon Carter...