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

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Author(s): Roozen, Kevin

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 of Curricular and Extracurricular Literate Activities," which appeared in "JBW" 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.

ERIC Descriptors: Comedy; Literacy; Basic Writing; Role; Interviews; Participant Observation; Correlation; Extracurricular Activities; Poetry; Athletics; Journalism; Exercise Physiology; Essays; College Students; Writing Skills; Skill Development

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Source: Journal of Basic Writing

ERIC Citation: v31 n1 p99-132 Spr 2012

ERIC Number: EJ1053233

Peer reviewed

Record Type: Journal

Pages: 34

Abstractor: As Provided

ISSN: ISSN-0147-1635

Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative

Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education

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Author:Roozen, Kevin
Publication:Journal of Basic Writing
Article Type:Report
Geographic Code:1U2NY
Date:Mar 22, 2012
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