Questions for Reading Alexander (608-14)

  1. Alexander refers to the “literacy success story” as a cultural narrative that many student writers borrow from in their own literacy narratives. How does Alexander explain the appeal of this particular narrative? Do the Rising Cairn narratives you’ve sampled conform to this narrative?
  2. The “literacy success story” is an example of what Alexander and others calls  a “master narrative.” Use direct quotation to define this term, then paraphrase Alexander’s explanation of why the literacy success story is problematic.
  3. Alexander suggests that “little narratives” offer alternatives for representing one’s literacy experiences. What does she say characterizes “little narratives”? Find at least two examples and summarize them here.
  4. Look at the questions Alexander poses and compare them to our emerging list of global and local questions. Take note of which questions help us to locate master narratives and which might guide us towards little narratives.