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Project #1: Multi-Modal Literacy Narrative Part 2: Cultural Domain Analysis

Instructions (Part 1 Domain Analysis Chart): When introducing the Multi-Modal Literacy Narrative project, we established that your mind is influenced by different cultural/social systems that work both separately and together to shape your ideas, beliefs, and practices as a reader and writer. To analyze these systems, your first task is to complete the domain analysis chart in which you must reflect on each of the four domains listed below and identify as many practices, ideas/values/beliefs, objects, or significant details from each cultural/social system that you think has influenced your literacy and composition skills.

Home Mommy, daddy, 2 older sisters Very stable home life, I was sheltered from issues that arose in other parts of the world (poverty, violence) My mom was and still is an avid reader Working class family My mother has an in-house daycare so she stayed at home and always had time to teach me things before I ever went to school. I was read books every night before bed My dad is a retired marine and valued college experience; he pushed education Music was all around in my house so I was singing and learning lyrics at an early age We did brainteasers on long car rides and played spelling games Coming from an African American heritage, southern coloquialisms were often used in my house (hind parts, up the lane) My sisters went to college and would often share different novels they had to read for class if they thought Id enjoy them I was always allowed to have an opinion but I knew the difference between being opinionated and disrespectful We often discussed news, books, magazine articles at dinner; though we were all raised in the same house

Work Being a hostess, seeing unusual names, interacting with many different kinds of people Exposure to restaurant jargon (heard, right behind, coming in, 86) As a server I learned to write things in short hand Being able to read abbreviations for tickets and becoming familiar with the words commonly used in the restaurant to be able to put orders in efficiently Learning about different cultures through conversation with people at my tables; becoming more culturally aware Because of how precise I was about things I read manuals front to back so I knew how to do everything efficiently and correctly This did lead me to a promotion; I began making schedules for my workers Scheduling made me have to work with an entire grid of text that included numbers for the times people were to report at work. I had to make sure that there was someone scheduled to do every job. It became problem solving within text

my sisters and I do have some opposing opnions about certain things. Everyone in my family is very silly so the phrase no pun intended was learned early. School I never had to switch schools in the middle of the year From the beginning of kindergarten I was reading on a high level At first I saw reading as being nerdy and something that made me a social outcast My teachers were my main advocates in making reading cool We played word games and even games to talk discuss different characters in the book, situations, etc. to make sure that we were comprehending I scored very high on my standardized writing tests but my writing was organized exactly like my teachers examples I eventually began expanding my writing because of different examples I was given. It was clear that everything wasnt so concrete, they were up to my interpretation and style choice In elementary school I learned about different genres I started to read chapter books in second grade and got enraptured in new worlds My vocabulary expanded with the new literature that I read In middle school I was in AG classes for English and was exposed to higher level texts like Shakespeare As a high school student I took honors and AP English classes. They introduced me to literature such as Atonement and other classical works Neighborhood / Community / Peers I grew up in a military town (Jacksonville, NC) There were many people from all over the world, stationed there by the military Military jargon was always around and it was normal speech for me (Semper Fi, 96, ASAP, PT) The library on base had much more of a selection than the one in town so thats the one me and my mother would choose to frequent Coming from a small town made me want a big city life I was always determined to attend college in a place unlike my home At home in Jacksonville I know all the roads but after moving to Charlotte Ive been forced to pay more attention to my surroundings. (Exit numbers, street signs, directions) Finding buildings and learning acronyms for things on campus have been my newest source of literature.

Instructions (Part 2 Domain Analysis Narrative): Now that you have completed the chart and generated some ideas about the cultural/social systems you engage with, it is time to flesh out those ideas, and analyze/explain how you think each domain has influenced your

literacy and composition. For each of the systems listed below, write between 75 and 100 words to explain the major details of each cultural/social system and how the qualities of each system have influenced your literacy and composition (this means you will compose four short analyses total). You may complete your essays below. Simply type your essay next to each of the headers.

1. Home: My home has been the main influence in my reading. From a young age I was taught letters, words and other educational things before I ever went to even preschool. My family as a whole got me into reading and writing. My home life from adolescence has taught me to value my skill in reading and writing. Without them school would not have come so naturally and I probably wouldnt be as knowledgeable about the wide range of subjects that I am. 2. Work: Due to the nature of my work experience, I was introduced to many different cultures. Helping people whose first language was not English was the highlight of my literacy while working. However, I also got exposed to many different types of texts whether it was the abbreviations on the computer that we put our orders in or getting well acquainted with the different items on the menu, reading and texts were all around. This was an experience that neither home nor school could give me because it was so specialized to the restaurant way. 3. School: School is where I got my most diversified exposure to literature. We did accelerated reader for points so there was a tangible reward for reading which motivated most of us. I ended up reading every AR book in my elementary school library. As I got older and began reading more advanced literature my opinion on the world and how I saw it I was no longer reading childrens books the worlds cruelties became more realized; not just the cruelties that could be of the real world but also other magical worlds that compared to ours. 4. Neighborhood / Community / Peers: Growing up in such a diverse place seems to be easier than an area which contained only one kind of people. Im a military brat so the jargon, language, and texts were always around. Whether it was my father using them, older veterans in the community, or reading from memorials in town like the Beirut Memorial, I soaked up all of the militarization of my town. It has helped when reading things from war eras because I can visualize all of the things they are talking about and relate them back to real world pictures.