Section 1: Tuesday and Thursday 2:00-3:15 PM

Professor: Pamela Hartman

Readers today face the difficult challenge of choosing between and making sense of numerous competing texts, in many different forms.  In this course we will investigate theories concerning both what we should read as well as how these texts should be read. We will also look at our beliefs concerning the very nature of literature and literacy. For instance, we will consider such questions as the following: What is literacy? How is it acquired? Is there a difference between print literacy and multimedia literacy?  How do broader contexts, such as family and community, affect our literacy or literacies?  While this is not a course in teaching methods, we will develop practical suggestions for analyzing and interpreting texts, including literary and popular materials frequently used in the English Language Arts classroom. (Prereq. ENG 230 or DP3 for teaching majors).