Gatekeeping Vs. YOUR Literacy

Now that I have read “The Elements of Literacy” I finally understand what our education system is doing. I have finally came to the conclusion that all grade levels kindergarten through 12, no matter what kind of test it is, EOG, placement, SAT, ACT, etc. they all are created to place us in certain academic surroundings that distinguish are levels of literacy. The NCLB recaps this by throwing parties for schools who reach a certain level of test scores, leaving the kids who didn’t reach the requirement to dry and pushed away and leaving schools that have the most troubled kids with their academics with less money due to the fact the schools with higher test scores receive the most amount of funding. How is that fair?

The standardized writing format that we have all been brought up learning is a way of gate keeping that our teachers have made for us if they are following the curriculum. If a student believes that that isn’t the correct way for them to format their paper and doesn’t correctly do the five paragraph format that are punished. They are outcast with a bad grade not because their writing isn’t “good writing” but because of the format. How crazy.

Literacy changes every single day. It has always been something that we base upon people rather they are “smart” or “dumb”, educated or not educated. Do you have “good” literacy or do you not have it at all. Having just a small bit of knowledge of literacy is better than no literacy at all, having your own type of literacy can be great but also horrible when it comes to what your gate keepers are considering literacy in that certain moment of time. You can identify literacy, sometimes people have literacy but it’s not the same as your literacy so you consider them “dumb”. That’s not how it should work and people shouldn’t have to stay in one “gate keeping” scene. Each culture has a different meaning of literacy and each individual has their own interpretation of it as well.

When did my development begin?

I think my first sign of development began to show kinda towards the start of my time in this class when I really started to understand the meaning and concepts of “inquiry”. When all of our class discussions were based around inquiry and how to use it.


Some aspects of genres that will be influencing my web texts contribution would be the way things are discussed, question and answer, social, communicating relationships. This is where we come up with what to do with our groups.

Also situated, the way our website needs to look, the appeal of the audience and the target of the website. What are we trying to interest the viewers in.

Genres and more genres

Dean tells us that genres aren’t only about literary texts anymore, but that they go far beyond that. There’s a social aspect of genres that people often sometimes miss. Every day texts have more of a genre context than our literature in the classroom. There are many different forms of genres which consist of, social, rhetorical, dynamic, historical, cultural, situated and ideological.

The genre that speaks out to me most out of these seven is the social genre. In reading Deans observations of a social genre I understand that if you are to be applying for a certain area of work that requires research and knowledge on a current event of the world and you submit a poem then you may not be hired due to the fact that it is not what was asked in that specific “social genre.” Social genres are how you interact with people and certain things. I don’t quite understand that some social genres can build off of one another when they are to be their own genres.

Historical genres are when something new comes about, but how is that so if it’s a “historical” genre. Doesn’t that mean something in the past? So how can it be new? Historical genres are to rely on something that has already came about but what is that specific thing that it relies on? How do you draw the line for that? To me, cultural genres have the same sense of lead as historical genres do. All of the aspects that cultural genres give off are based on something previous but also have just a little something different about them that makes it a new genre.

Ideological is one of the genres that i most understand and can really use. This genre speaks out and informs what you know, how you know it, what you stand for and how you view it. It’s a typical genre of the world that I see people using every single day, even in our writing class. Dean states that “The workers’ dilemma indicates how participation in workplace genres situates writes in relations of power.” This confused me a bit. Is the wrong ideological genre being taught in schools? Is your teacher teaching their own ideological genre to prepare you for what they might think is the real world and the right way or the true curriculum of all schools ideological genre to prepare you for standardized testing.


Consider write up quotes from and interview, maybe actually see it (tattoos), or hear from an MP3 what they have to say. Over all story from the interviewers words.

Allow yourself time to compose your magazine

Web text form, expectation of a magazine, appropriate to the genre that you chose. Editing attention, need to have a multimedia composition. Multimedia elements need to be of your own photography, own charts, own audio.

Two separate opinions need to be addressed, how is speaking to the larger contribution.

Your contribution should be able to stand outside of this class

The Understanding of Viewpoints: Religion and Art Collide

To date, previous research has examined two different perspectives of tattooing on American society- one being the negative viewpoint that religious persons possess and the other being the positive viewpoint from individuals that value art. Likewise, research that has been completed gives evidence of generational divides within the community of tattooing and shows how both acceptance and significance, of most everything, but specifically tattooing, has changed over time (Anne Brenoff 2015). This special edition magazine strides away from the positive and negative viewpoints and rather proposes the way in which religion and art may collide. Furthermore, this magazine focuses on both extremes to obtain a better understanding of the intersection of viewpoints that the two different types of people have. Lastly, this magazine touches on the generational divides that come from changing acceptance and significance within society and explains how such aspects have caused tattooing to become what it has today.


  • Second Screen Viewing
  • Social media and activism
  • Art and story telling

  • Remembrance- Is it only okay if you are getting a tattoo to remember someone rather than something?
  • Honoring- is a tattoo better if it’s to honor rather than random?

  • In English if we class speak of popular topics in society to get the students attention (tattoos)
  • illustrations

  • Media- is it popular
  • Advertisement- studios advertising what they think is a right tattoo
  • Networking

  • Custom
  • Unique- different
  • Expression

  • “The world of sports has become the world of tattoos”
  • The “thrill of victory and the agony of defeat”
  • The “thrill of tattoo artistry and the agony of the tattoo needle.”

Reflection & Analysis

-Think of some significant events that you’ve experienced throughout this course

Using inquiry, understanding that format isn’t always required

-Think of your reaction during these events and list everything that comes to mind

Taken back, confused, questioning if my work in high-school was ever “good”, frustrated, impatient, critical thinking

-Ask yourself why you think you reacted the way that you did, how dd it change you?

It changed how I viewed writing. Now that I realize there is no “correct format” it makes it that much easier for me to write. Stress reliever

Complicating it

Shelby stated that maybe tattoos are a much bigger deal now than they were in the 90’s due to lack of media and tattoos being exposed to the world through media. That draws me back to the way people view the different ink movement that there is. Do you think that people would really complain and judge a cross on your arm if you were to be walking down the street verse a random monster looking tattoo. Would media be more to pick up a story on a tattoo about a cross or a random sick, monster looking tattoo? But what is that “random sick, monster looking” tattoo was significant to you, would it be looked down upon and mediated just because it’s different and stands out more?

Lauren found that Native Americans used tattoos to symbolize their unity and represent their different tribes. But isn’t this what Christians, Jew, Muslims, and other religions do as well to show their unity and what the believe? Individuals are to express themselves in a way that makes them feel unique. Art is a growing thing in the world, we just need to “accept” that tattooing is now apart of what we call art. But why are people still so against it if it’s not necessarily a sin through their religion and it was here long before they were even alive?

Still Digging’

“The word tattoo comes from the Tahitian “tatu,” which means, “to mark something.” Tattoos were educated by Ta’arora, the two sons of God, it was called a “tapu”, also known as a sacred art form. Training took place on how to perform these tattoos and what the meaning of designs were. It says here that tattoos have always had an important role in ritual and tradition. Might they be important to some now, why are they being judged? Did the context get taken out? Is it because not everyone gets a tattoo in correspondence with their religion? Have tattoos been taken too far?

What do some illustrations that are in-graved in your skin actually mean? Could a rose just be a rose or is it “romance”? Is a horse really just a horse? A barbed wired fence just a fence or a sense of protection, maybe a sign someone has been in prison? What symbols, illustrations could have gang association? Do you ever really know? Maybe that’s what the “wrong” is in tattoos that religions look down upon. Here on NPR I have found an article that relates to the meaning of tattoos and what they might just mean. They are concerned about professional football players involved with ink movement may be having them for the wrong idea. Reading someones tattoos is a way of reading someone. “Tattoo collectors often wear art that speaks to them personally, whether it be their culture, religion, even tributes to loved ones.” Marisa said, “The phoenix has been a longtime tattoo favorite and continues to grow in popularity, as people identify with the mythology surrounding this bird who rises from the ashes, renewed in life. It often represents that a wearer has overcome some adversity.” But what if someone has a phoenix with a different meaning? Are they still judged? Or are they not just because it’s a phoenix and from a religious standpoint that could be okay and viewed as a religious tattoo?

This article states that individuals with the ink movement may improve their interpersonal relationship with their self and self identification if they are actually able to express on their bodies what they are apart of, where they came form, and what they believe in (Religion wise). But what about the people who get a random quote that still means something to them that has nothing to do with religion? What if a tattoo is based off religion but doesn’t come off that way?

What about Christian tattoos? Someone sins, and they get a tattoo of “Blood Bought” to symbolize that they are renewed of their sins. Is this hypocritical? Or is it okay because tattooing isn’t necessarily viewed as “sinful” but as “wrong.” Maybe we need to reconsider the idea of tattoos. If you’re religion says they are wrong, but not sinful isn’t it still somewhat sinful? It’s your choice but it’s also your choice to disobey or obey. Maybe their motive for tattoos is in the wrong direction. They see others getting them so they want them and think that their “okay” and not “sinful” because they are symbolizing their religion and their God?