Comedy Stages, Poets Projects, Sports Columns, and Kinesiology 341: Illuminating the Importance of Basic Writers' Self-Sponsored Literacies

Roozen, Kevin
March 2012
Journal of Basic Writing;Spring2012, Vol. 31 Issue 1, p99
Academic Journal
Dominant perspectives of basic writers' self-sponsored literacies tend to overlook the important roles such activities can play in literate development. Drawn from texts, interviews, and participant-observations collected during a five-year study, this article continues the examination of the relationship between one writer's curricular and extracurricular engagements begun in "Journalism, Poetry, Stand-Up Comedy, and Academic Literacy: Mapping the Interplay ofCurricular and Extracurricular Literate Activities,"which appeared inJBW 27.1. This article examines the writing-related knowledge the writer gained from extracurricular engagements with stand-up comedy, poetry, and sports journalism and argues that he draws upon this knowledge to enhance his performance in a writing-intensive upper-division kinesiology class. Based on my analysis of these "laminated" literacies, I argue for a perspective of basic writers'self-sponsored literate activities that acknowledges the positive contributions they can make to learners' academic engagements and to their literate lives more broadly.


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