-"If one is to participate in those activities, one has to know how to appropriately use written language in that activity and how to adapt those literacy practices to new situations, to changing situations, and to new personal and group goals."
-relevant goals that the authors highlight:
~prepare young people to participate in a democratic society with all of its opportunities and troubles
~recognition of the diversity of ways written language is used by people across social institutions, communities, and social situations
~recognition that students must understand how literacy practices connect social institutions with each other, local contexts with national and global contexts
~recognition that how literacy practices are structured and how they provide meaning constructs social relationships among people and social groups, as well as provides social identities to individuals.
-"The shared expectations people have about how to use written language in a specific type of social setting are material; which is merely to note that different kinds of texts, physical arrangements, and ways of communicating and interacting are implicated in different kinds of literacy practices."
-participating in different literacy practices identifies one as a member of a given group
-"participation in shaping literacies becomes even more important than acquiring literacies."