Deborah Brandt's How Dance Changed My Life

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When someone is guided in their literacy development and they are impacted in a positive way, they often can become more successful in the field of literacy, which can lead you to a successful life with good social standings, understandings, and power. When someone has what literacy scholar Deborah Brandt calls a “literacy sponsor” they will tend to become more successful in their experiences with literacy. Sponsors of literacy, according to Brandt, are beneficial because they are well educated, have experience in the field of literacy, and are willing to help others improve and let them into the world of literacy. Specifically, Brandt states in her scholarly article “Sponsors of Literacy” that “Literacy as a resource becomes available to ordinary…show more content…
However, it is about dance not just a story about picking up a book and reading it on the first try. This girl was able to become a great dancer because of the lessons and dance terms she learned through dance classes while being an “apprentice” of dance (Gee 10). Brouillette states that “These words got me amazing job I am a student teacher and helping younger children understand dance words just like I learned when I was their age.” This shows proof that literacy sponsors are important. They are especially important here, because thanks to Brouillette’s sponsor of dance she mastered the dance Discourse itself and was able to become a sponsor for someone…show more content…
This narrative strikes me as a success but it was not just the traditional success. For example she states that “speaking was hard for me… I instantly connected to his voice, the guitars in the background and the lyrics.” Everyone learns differently but their sponsors all have one thing in common they are “more knowledgeable” (Brandt 562). So, with that being said who knows music better than music itself? therefore, Music is the “master” and McCarthy is the “apprentice” in this scenario (Gee 10). However, she was a victim or at least that is how she viewed herself until music came into her
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