class 8 funds of knowledge &

The concepts of funds of knowledge, (online) vernacular creativity, and multimodal learning incorporating digital literacy offer resources to consider how we may co-create the form and content of this class.


  1. Exploring Cultural Concepts, Funds of Knowledge Handout.  The National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness. › files › handoutsPDF 
  2.   Henry Jenkins. “Vernacular Creativity”: An Interview with Jean Burgess (Part One). Confessions of an Aca-Fan:  The Official Weblog of Henry Jenkins October 8, 2007.  
  3. Maloy, R. W. & Trust, T. (2020). Building Democracy for All.  Introduction for Educators. EdTech Books. Pp. 4-14  
  4. On the Umass Democracy for All YouTube site that is a companion to Building Democracy for All(read #4), view the following videos:

Reading questions — written responses required.

  1.   After reading the first page of Exploring Cultural Concepts, Funds of Knowledge, the second page provides a worksheet with 10 categories to help guide teachers in shaping curriculum that draws upon learner, family, and community knowledge.  
  • What are your general responses to the idea of funds of knowledge, particularly as  it relates to the culture of college-age youth and issues of democracy? 
  • For the p.2 worksheet, what categories would be purposeful to include to assess young adult funds of knowledge?  Come up with at least five. 
  1.   Reading #2 outlines a theory of “cultural citizenship” expressed through online “vernacular creativity.”  What do you observe of the range of online vernacular creativity by youth?  What are varied ways in which politics are expressed?   What are some challenges posed by these expressive practices?  At the bottom of your response notes, include a screen shot of at least one past or present example.
  2.   The chapter, Introduction for Educators in the e-book, Building Democracy for All, presents a general context and methods for a multimodal pedagogy that integrates popular culture and digital literacy.  What are your general responses?  How does this book relate to the focus of our class?  Reference some ideas and/or information in the chapter.  How might we create content for such an online publication?
  3.  What do you think of the two videos?  What works?  Could work better?

Post to your rolling Google doc with date, assignment title; send link.   Single-spaced & typed in Times New Roman or Arial (size 12 font), 1-inch margins.  Insert horizontal line between assignments.  Remember to proofread.