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GWRJ Issue 12.2

Spring 2022

Anya Gregg

Picturing Literate Activity: Covid Comfortably


Gregg prefers to work on everything in her bed. Her family has plenty of desks and tables, but she enjoys her bed because it’s very comfortable, and she focuses best there. Her bed also allows her plenty of room to spread her projects out and a nice backdrop for Zoom calls. Everyone she knows is baffled by it, but it happens to be where she works best.

Danielle Eldredge

The Colors of Literacy: How Color Coordinates Text


Everywhere we go we are constantly engaging with texts via literacy activities. Eldredge’s  most common literacy activity is to write in her planner and on her whiteboard, and she synchronizes them with a specific color code.

Akbar Hosain

Let’s CHAT with the Rickshaw Art of Bangladesh! 

Hosain explores rickshaw art in Bangladesh, which is a vital component of this cheap yet popular transport. The artistic genre is informed by interactions with the mode of transport, which has influenced its initiation, history, and later development. Hosain focuses on a number of literate activity concepts: genre research, genre conventions, and the artist’s antecedent knowledge, their audience, and tools.

 Maryna Teplova

Reading Responses as a CHAT-ty Genre


Teplova unpacks the genre of Reading Responses, a type of writing that students have to produce in almost any subject they study at the university.

Emily Capan and Brittany Larsen 

Tracing Multimodal Uptake: A Conversation with Emily Capan and Brittany Larsen


Writing researchers Capan and Larsen discuss the different modalities and tools involved in uptake. They focus on Capan’s zine project and also look into uptake accompanying student projects.

Emily Capan

Uptake Submission Notes for Ecology Zine

Capan describes the uptake (learning) and writing processes that she engaged in while creating a zine about one of the P-CHAT terms, ecology. 

Emily Reynoso-Romero

Let’s CHAT about Machismo in Mexican Culture


Reynoso-Romero dives into machismo in Hispanic—and more specifically Mexican—culture. She uses Rhetorical Genre Studies and Pedagogical Cultural-Historical Activity Theory (P-CHAT) to suggest that, by identifying gender norms as a type of genre, it’s possible to see how gender norms can be reinscribed through the ways that humans use them to shape their behavior. 

 Joey Dundovich

The Value of Podcasts as a Form of Composition, and Socialization Ignitor

Drawing upon his various uses of podcasts, Dundovich advocates for the value of podcasts as more than just a form of passing time. Instead, podcasts can be phenomenal educational tools, credible research sources, and tangible ways to form connections with the other human beings directly/indirectly involved with the creation of this genre.

Laurel Krapivkin

Picturing Literate Activity: Write Baby, Write!

Since the pandemic, Krapivkin has been the sole caretaker for her daughter, and now she is lucky if she can find a few uninterrupted minutes to work. The physical spaces she writes in now have also drastically changed, as she often writes on the floor of her daughter’s nursery.

Anya Gregg and Ellie Stamer

Masking Literacy

Gregg and Stamer share their ideas about what a mask might have to say regarding its role in our complex literate lives.

Dorothy M. Stone

I Read It from (Back) Cover to Cover: Reading Japanese Manga as Literate Activity

Stone analyzes the genre of Japanese graphic novels called manga. Read from right to left, manga has a growing number of readers in the West, who celebrate their love for it in all kinds of ways.

Justin So

Have You Really Seen Hamilton: An American Musical?


So investigates the history and the creation of Hamilton through ISU’s pedagogical Cultural -Historical Activity Theory (P-CHAT).

Edcel Javier Cintron Gonzalez

Picturing Literate Activity: Pomodoro Timers as Writing Space Tools

The transition from Cintron Gonzalez’s apartment space back to the outside world has not been easy, and he has struggled to stay motivated. During a Zoom study session, his friends introduced him to the benefits of the Pomodoro Timer. Inspired, Cintron Gonzalez discovered the Flora app and also began using physical countdown timers. He has been encouraged to work again thanks to these helpful tools. 

Ali Schrock

CHATting It Up With Scorecards: A Genre Analysis of a Golf Scorecard

Schrock explores golf scorecards using Pedagogical Cultural- Historical Activity Theory (P-CHAT), a process used to analyze how genres work as part of different literate activities. She breaks down the genre of a scorecard and the role it plays in the activity system of a round of golf.

Sammy Moe 

In the Weeds with Literate Activity in the Restaurant Industry


Moe explores the restaurant industry as an activity system, She draws on scholarship from rhetoric and composition to help readers learn more about how to explore the everyday literacies they might encounter.

Sydney Kotowski

Baking Reinvented: Strategies and Tips from a Pro

Kotowski analyzes how Pedagogical Cultural- Historical Activity Theory (P-CHAT), antecedent knowledge, and trajectory are incorporated in the process of baking. She gives insight to her family’s baking traditions, including their kolachy cookie recipe.

The Ghost and Joyce R. Walker 

[Ghost]Writing and Retrospective Transfer: Creating Writing Research Identities Over Time

The Ghost and Walker talk about doing writing-for-hire work. As they dredge up and share their less-than-perfect writing experiences, they both begin to see this process as a kind of “retrospective knowledge transfer,” where they figure out what they’ve learned by looking back at moments when they had no idea what they were doing.

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