Reading Alexander

Reading Alexander

This piece was very dense and took quite a bit of time to completely read through.  Alexander had a very interesting approach to how these different literacy narratives really are when it comes to the stories that they tell.  For instance, during the hero stories she talks about how most of these are told from this abstract view point. They never really had this total outcome when it came to these narratives.  They just had this fairy tail ending.  Then on the other side we saw that, “having a ‘masterpiece’ ruined by a teacher’s red ink, or being forced to write research papers and read books for critique rather than pleasure.” What she means by this is that is that when a kid turns in a paper that they are rather proud of it can quite heartbreaking when they get it back and the teacher ripped it to shreds.  I personally am one who’s gone through this. In my literacy narrative I wrote about my college essay and how my english teacher made into his paper rather then it being my paper anymore.  These can be considered “little narratives” which mainly speak about kids experiences in writing or reading.  Most of the literacy narratives that I read were in this aspect. Another form of literacy narrative is a master narrative.  This can be found when a professor or another teacher writes about the experiences that the kids have while writing. After reading Alexander it really helped answer some of my questions on whether a teacher is really bad or if this was just the child’s view of them after they we trying to be a hard teacher.

2 thoughts on “Reading Alexander

  1. Hi Meg, there are many seeds of interesting ideas and themes to pursue in this post. But as a reader who doesn’t have access to your inner thoughts (except through these words), I need more help to see the evidence for your assertions and more explanation to understand the significance your giving to them.

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