Questions for Brandt (559-62) and Alexander


  1. We’re familiar with Gee’s idea that literacy in a “dominant secondary Discourse” brings “social goods.” How do Alexander’s findings confirm this notion? Notice how Brandt characterizes her contribution to the conversation: how does her discussion of sponsorship, particularly her connection between individual literacy and historical economic patterns, fill a gap left in other studies of literacy development (556)?
  2. Pay attention to stories of Raymond Branch and Dora Lopez. Brandt summarizes her findings then explains what they mean in terms of her study. Could we say that these fit the pattern of what Alexander calls the “literacy success story”? How might Brandt’s analysis complicate your response?
  3. Now turn to your set of student literacy narratives from the Rising Cairn archive. Which of your chosen narratives include a literacy sponsor? Does this sponsor act in the ways Alexander and/or Brandt observe? Give two examples. Which ones seem to complicate their claims and how?