“They Say” to “She Says”–Summarizing Alexander

Work in groups to re-read/re-view the passages below, then write a summary that represents those passages in a way Alexander would recognize.  Put yourself in her shoes and explain her views.

  • You should paraphrase AND quote any keywords
  • Use the templates in Graff and Birkenstein (pp. 39-40)
  • Remember to avoid “listing” points without connecting them to Alexander’s claims

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2 Replies to ““They Say” to “She Says”–Summarizing Alexander”

  1. Grace, Ty, Abby

    Alexander says that students have the ability to write in detail through little narratives rather than in just master narratives. Little narratives show up more than twice as much than success master narratives. Literacy is directly connected to identity through little narratives. They eventually claim one identity but through out their lives they change to other identities. Like when someone acquires multiple secondary Discourses on top of their primary Discourse. When people express their their literary moments in little narratives, the outcome is usually more positive rather than when people express their literacy moments through master narratives the outcome is usually more of a neutral or even negative product.

  2. Alexander claims that there were success stories that were written in the separate stories. By separate stories, I am referring to the little narratives, Major narratives, and a new theory, victim narratives. These different narratives show the different ways that students have done there essays. The victim narratives are “new” because they begin to deal with a rebel and outsider narrative. Which have to do with a problematic way of dealing with a difficulty way of handling there issues.

    Duane Wheeler
    Samantha Vigue

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