Reading Gee

Pages 9-13


Literacy, Secondary Discourse, Meta-Lanuage, dominant and non-dominant literacies, affirmative action

Readings from the paper


Talking about all the different kinds of language  in ways to show off literacy by talking about the primary discourse.screen-shot-2016-10-16-at-8-54-09-pm

He defines literacy as a way that mastery of fluent control.


There is no way that discourse is work able showing that you can control things without knowing anything.

James Paul Gee was born April 15, 1948 in San Jose, California. His college education started in 1972 at Stanford University, where he continued to get his PhD in Linguistics. He also studied Philosophy and Psychology of Education at Stanford, got his Philosophy B.A. at University of California at Santa Barbara, and studied liberal arts, latin, and greek at St. Joseph’s College. He is the Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies at Arizona State University, as well as a member of the National Academy of Education. He has published almost a hundred literary pieces, including What Videogames Have to Teach Us about Learning and Literacy (2003).

 James Paul Gee over the years has study countless idea when it comes to literacy from designing principles of literacy to the understanding of linguistics. In his book Sociolinguistics and Literacies (1990, Third Edition 2007) it is considered to be one the founding documents in the information of the “New Literacy Studies”. A field of studying language and literacy in an integrated way to expand your cognitive, social, and cultural context.

Gee specializes in Digital Literacies and Learning and Video Games and Learning. He has a positive outlook on video games. When researching his name, the words linguistics, videogames, discourse, and learning come up most often. 

Co authors:

Ciara Oakley-Robbins

Kenneth Goddu

Scanning :

What is linguistics?

He explains language is a way that most people should know.

Why does he make the font smaller in his paper?

What is a discourse?

Those are some of the things that popped out to me when I was scanning.

Reading the paper:


I like how he describes what language is, because he’s right knowing grammar is only part of knowing language.


I like the way that he uses discourse not by the normal way as a written or spoken communication but is a way to instruct people on how to write.


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