How did we learn to read? What enhanced or inhibited that learning? How is our interpretation now shaped by our identity and background? We will address these questions self-reflectively by tutoring area school children, and writing about our own reading and community experiences. Assignments will incorporate related research (i.e., on bilingual education) and "literacy narratives" (in which writers such as Frederick Douglass, Mary Antin, Zitkala Sa, and Richard Rodriguez describe their early reading/writing experiences). Students will write a number of short analytical essays, their own "literacy narrative," and a longer essay incorporating research. Rough drafting and peer review are integral to this course.