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Keywords:

  • topic;
  • digital;
  • new;
  • media;
  • language learners;
  • code;
  • dialects;
  • methodology;
  • case;
  • narrative;
  • theoretical;
  • gender;
  • sociocultural;
  • learner;
  • adolescence;
  • type;
  • article

This case study explores the digital literacy and identity-making practices of a Caribbean American high school student across three interrelated areas: immigrant, female adolescent, and learner. Data were drawn from interviews, participant observations, and digital documents. Narrative analysis provides the framework from which to analyze and represent the adolescent's experiences. The findings show that the adolescent actively used digital media and online social networking sites to construct her identities across her native and adopted homes. Virtual spaces afforded the adolescent the agency to make a space called “home” and mitigate what was lost in migration by re-authoring cultural models, performing her identities, and constructing virtual ethnic enclaves. Understanding the texts, motivations, and contexts of youth digital literacies offers opportunities to create literacy connections with diverse learners in the contemporary classroom.