• Lourdes OrtegaEmail author
Part of the Educational Linguistics book series (EDUL, volume 39)


Defining literacy is a difficult task. Yet everyone knows what literacy is. Or does everyone? One of my favorite illustrations of what literacy can be at its best comes from Blanton’s (2002) recount of a classroom interaction in Casablanca’s American School between 5-year old Mira, who at home speaks Arabic and French, and her teacher, Marge, when Mira was drawing the story of “the day she was born”:


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Georgetown UniversityWashington, DCUSA

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