Quick Write

You should have your literacy picked out by now. Write for a few minutes on the person who helped you learn it. Be specific!

Who helped you learn it? Explain how they helped you learn the specific quality or lesson. How did your literacy sponsor help you learn it? What did they do?


Chapter four details the three major forms of response: agree, disagree, and agree but with a difference. You can argue anything.

Remember, not everything has to be an argument. For this class, we will focus on responding to arguments/conversations.


One thing to keep in mind before we move on. The source you are responding to needs to be considered first. If the source is unreliable, biased, fake, wrong, or otherwise misinformed, your response will be affected.

What do we need to consider then with sources? 

The Science News Cycle

There is a whole field now dedicated to this in higher education. Critical Literacy focuses on learning to research and evaluating sources.

Why do you think this is important? Why did it come about?

What is misinformation? What is propaganda?

For another time, there is a whole website dedicated to this for higher education. CallingBullshit.org It has some great case studies to consider.

Here is their definition for Bullshit.

Bullshit is language, statistical figures, data graphics, and other forms of presentation intended to persuade by impressing and overwhelming a reader or listener, with a blatant disregard for truth and logical coherence.

Responding Templates

The book includes many templates. Including to Disagree p. 60Agreeing p. 62, and Agreeing and Disagreeing Simultaneously p. 64.

Write a response using the templates to one of the articles we have read. Bonus if you pick the article you are going to do for the first paper. You have to write three responses, One agreeing, one disagreeing, and one both agreeing and disagreeing simultaneously.

Why did we do this exercise?

Show, Don’t Tell

The writing you do at this level should do the work, instead of you having to tell us. No more lines like:

In this essay…

My literacy narrative is …

narrative structure

Building Structure

Focus on events in your story. What events help you to tell your story?

  • First Event
  • Next Event
  • Next Event
  • Final Event

Do tell us what you went through. Show us what happened. Place us there with you.

Four Frames

You have four frames to tell us the story. What scenes will you include? What details will you want to draw into each scene?

Details are important when telling a story. It helps your readers see what it is you are telling them.


Take everything we did today and use it to revise your draft. Bring a full draft for tomorrow to peer review.