In “Sponsors of Literacy,” Deborah Brandt attempts to explain literacy, its history, and how there are influences that form the way we learn and practice literacy. The author talks about how literacy for individuals is in relation to the economics of literacy. Brandt argues that the forces that influence an individual’s literacy are sponsors of literacy. In the text the sponsors are defined as “any agents, local or distant, concrete or abstract, who enable, support, teach, model, as well as recruit, regulate, suppress, or withhold literacy—and gain an advantage by it in some way” (Brandt 166). Some of these forces Brandt mentions are influential people such as parents, siblings, teachers, and/or mentors. She specified culture, race, gender,
In “Sponsors of Literacy,” author Deborah Brandt attempts to explain literacy, its history, and how there are influences that form the way we learn and practice literacy. Brandt argues that the forces that influence an individual’s literacy are sponsors of literacy. Some “forces” that Brandt discusses are influential people, such as parents, siblings, teachers, and mentors. Other forces can include culture, race, gender, language and location, access to technology, and politics. Brandt described several events in our history to help define what exactly a sponsor of literacy is. She spent several years interviewing people from all walks of life to find their unique literacy history and used them as examples in her writing. Varying ages, backgrounds, and sponsors indicate that literacy changes with each generation and is viewed as a valued commodity.
In Deborah Brandt’s essay “Sponsors of Literacy,” Brandt describes the process of how people become literate, the effect of their experiences, and influential people on their learning. The term that Brandt uses frequently to describe those who have a profound influence on a child’s learning is “literacy sponsor.” She defines literacy sponsors as, “Agents, local or distant, concrete, or abstract, who enable, support, teach, model, as well as recruit, regulate, suppress, or withhold literacy—and gain advantage by it in some way,” (Wardle 46). Essentially, Brandt is saying that every literate person has had the support of a person or idea that inspires their desire to read and write. The concept of sponsorship can be applied to fields outside of reading and writing too. There are sponsors of science, sponsors of art, and sponsors of medicine. Similarly, these sponsor help students learn to understand the principles of their individual fields. This paper focuses on the sponsorship of first-year and second-year University of Minnesota Medical School students from the Nu Sigma Nu fraternity. Data was collected through interviews with four students from this fraternity. The guiding question for this research paper was, “Can Brandt’s definition of literacy sponsor be applied to other fields of learning, such as the medical field.” If it is found that the definition for sponsorship can be applied to the medical field, then sponsorship can be applied to other
The relationship between an athlete and a coach is an unique and (humble??) one. It’s all about learning, growing, and overcoming failures to its successes. About looking forward to the future together in the game and beyond the life of sports. The interaction between them should be upheld and agreed upon, to be held together. They are the most influential character of the competitive environment. I believe in the value of a coach.
When thinking about ones literacy, what first comes to mind is reading and writing, but literacy can cover many other aspects of life. It is usually not until a student reaches his or her college years that they realize they are “literate” in anything they are passionate about. This could include sports, technology or music because literacy is defined as “fluency in any given topic” (Writing about Writing 798). I am literate in lacrosse, a sport with rules and vocabulary that most people don’t know about and frankly I would have no idea about those things either if it weren’t for the people that helped me become literate in the sport. Sponsors of literacy often turn up in people’s memories when asked about how he or she became fluent in their
I will inspire athletes to demonstrate good character. Sports do not have an influence on one’s character; however, coaches can strongly impact athletes’ character, both negatively and positively. For this reason, I will work to coach in ways that support the growth of athletes’ character and create learning opportunities and situations in which athletes can practice and learn from. As a coach, I will lead by example and demonstrate good character because actions speak louder than words. I will do this by embodying sportsmanship and respecting athletes, opponents, other coaches, and referees. I will also show this to athletes by respecting, caring, and being trustworthy. I will also lead by example by staying
The idea of Sponsors of Literacy was originally proposed by Deborah Brandt in her 1998 article, “Sponsors of Literacy.” In her article, she argued that Sponsors of Literacy include people, institutions, and circumstances; they vary based on the person’s experiences and surroundings. Sponsors of literacy are essential in everyone’s life due to the powerful role they demonstrate on the long run. In my own reading and writing experience, my sponsors of literacy were my childhood memories, my school, and the various resources I’ve used to accomplish an outstanding Multi-Genre Research Paper.
People are exposed to literacy all throughout their lives through learning and experiences. The way one is exposed to literacy varies from person to person. In Deborah Brandt’s Sponsors of Literacy she states that literacy is not only the ability to read and write but also one’s ability to apply those skills to daily life. One gains much of their literacy through the different sponsors they experience. A sponsor is “any agents, local or distant, concrete or abstract, who enable, support, teach, model as well as recruit, regulate, suppress, or withhold literacy and gain advantage by it in some way” (46). Throughout Brandt’s essay she gives examples of different types of people who experienced different upbringings with a variety of sponsors.
Overall, I would say that my career goal of becoming a high school athletic director has not changed. I very much enjoyed the tasks and environment of working in an athletic department. The only downside that I observed were the long hours due to having to be present both at all home athletic events, and in the athletic office during the school day. Other than that one downside, I think that I would really enjoy being a high school athletic director. This job would allow me to fulfill my desires of changing the lives of young athletes and promoting the importance of education.
6 years ago I decided that it would be fun to try a new thing “Baseball”. I was just a little boy with no thoughts of where this would go. I didn’t even know how to play. Then you came into my life, never did I think that we would build such a great bond. A bond that I will never forget or take for granted. Through all these years you have taught me determination and have given me skills to persist in life and in the game...
The most important part of being a coach is being able to have your players believe in you and your philosophy. When you have a love for the game, you are able to help your players understand dedication, to develop their talent and to know how to prepare for a win. The experience I have had with coaching has been very little and mostly with my town’s Biddy Basketball league. Yet, I have learned that becoming a great coach takes time and getting there is not always easy. There are three objectives in coaching: Winning, having fun and development of athletes. Choosing the order is hard, but important because it will aid in understanding how they all work together to have a successful team.
In 1941, Coach Inc. was founded in a loft located in Manhattan, New York. Inspired by the baseball glove, it was the driver behind the soft, yet strong and durable leather. Not until the 1960s did Coach start manufacturing handbags when they introduced their first collection which consisted of 12 different styled bags. Then in 1985, the company was acquired by Sara Lee Corporation. Following this acquisition fifteen years later, Sara Lee Corporation decided to spin off Coach through an initial public offering in 2000 to focus on its food and beverage industry (Wikinvest, 2008).
From my recollection, the earliest of my literary sponsors would have to be my mother, who would read children’s books to me as an infant. Though I had always loved when my mother read to me, once I was old enough to understand what she was saying, I do not believe this is the most influential of my literary sponsors. The most personally significant literary sponsor that I can recognize is my parents as a combination. I attribute my literacy success, like many people, to “[my] family background [and] to particular norms and values” (Brandt, 77) within my family. My mother and father both read to me as a child, but this isn’t why I notice them as a sponsor. My father had to leave school during the 7th grade to help his family run their business. Having a little better financial situation, my mother was able to graduate high school, but college wasn’t something that she had in mind. The education they both received did not equip them with the necessary
This brings me to elementary school. At this point in school my teachers wanted every kid to start reading out loud. I did not like this at all. Why? Well, because my issues with speaking make it hard for me to form words while reading out loud without needing the help of the teachers. This gave the kids around me a reason to make fun of me. This its self-made me hate reading. Ultimately my teachers did everything in their power just to get me to love reading but that involved reading out loud as well. So, I crafted up a plan of my own. That plan was for me to read aloud at home; I would sit in my room and read almost anything until I felt comfortable with reading aloud. Shockingly it worked wonders. By the time I hit the sixth grade I no longer had speech classes and I was comfortable with reading out loud, but I refused to volunteer to read.