Summary and Paraphrase worksheet

Alexander’s article and my topic are related because it actually categorizes and discusses my topic of victims. Success, Victims, and Prodigies discusses the different themes of literacy narratives from real student narratives that focus on the topics in the title with supported evidence. Alexander’s article shows the different types of narratives through actual student literacy narratives. She also puts the narratives in categories and gives a definition of what should be in the narrative that makes it fit in a certain category.

Brandt’s writing is relevant to my topic because the ideas in her writing will help further complicate my writing with her discussion on sponsorship. Brandt’s writing discusses how a sponsor can either help or inhibit success in any field. Brandt’s Sponsors of Literacy discusses the people who had opportunities and those who did not and how those who did not got around it. She also writes about the importance of literacy because it is how we advance in the world. She also discusses the fact that literacy is a way of competition and those who do not learn it will not be able to compete.

Sponsors elaborate on the many types of human relationships and ideals that are pushed on them that is shown through learning and sharing between ages in different professional settings(Brandt 558).

Some students refuse to view themselves as victims even though they rebel against the system that is placed before them(Williams 344).

“Success narratives” are usually told without a specific time to relate an experience to(Alexander 616).

“Child prodigy narratives” show that literacy will show success, but these narratives also pinpoint a certain experience that reinforces their narrative(Alexander 619).

Deciding a Focus and Relevant Sources

I want to focus on how the victim’s negative experience impacts their ability to keep up with their peers due to their impacted confidence.  I will use Brandt and Alexander to support my argument. I will use Brandt because the article discusses those who were victims because they aren’t offered the same opportunity. She also discusses sponsorship which will be a help me further complicate my writing. Alexander’s article categorizes the schema for narratives so that will help me explain what makes a victim in a narrative. I have selected Ashley Harmon, Ciara Oakley-Robbins, and Caroline Wilson as my literacy narratives for right now.

Relevant Narratives in Rising Cairn

The topic that interests me is the victim part of the narratives.  The victim usually blames someone else for their experience with reading and writing that is usually negative.

Ciara Oakley-Robbins

Evan Dodge

Ashley Harmon

Teagan Bollman

Caroline Wilson

Duane Wheeler