Writing Assignment 1: Literacy Narrative (100 pts.)
Important Dates: Rough Draft DUE in class Wed. 6/14 (typed)
Peer Review in class Wed. 6/14
Final Draft DUE on Canvas (obviously typed) Fri. 6/16 11:59 pm
- the quality or state of being literate, esp. the ability to read and write.
- possession of education.
- a person’s knowledge of a particular subject or field; e.g. computer literacy, financial literacy, etc.
“literacy.” Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Random House, Inc. Jan 31, 2017.
A narrative essay re-creates an experience for a central purpose: usually to reveal an insight about the action or people involved. In your Literacy Narrative, you will be telling us a story from your “literacy life.” This assignment challenges to you to answer a simple question: How did you get the way you are now from a specific experience? As this is an English course, you should strongly consider writing about how your literacy (in the traditional sense of the word) has been shaped, was affected, etc., by a specific event.
Literacy narratives often focus on powerful memories about events, people, situations, places—times when you tried and succeeded or tried and failed; someone who gave you a chance or took one away; situations when someone taught you how to do something or when you taught someone else; churches and schools, contests and performances, plays and public presentations.
Process: Write down as many details as you can about the event. Who were the people involved? Where did the events take place? What physical objects did you use? You may even discover that the process of writing down details helps you remember things you thought you had forgotten. The best narratives are highly specific, full of details that paint a vivid picture for the reader, so before you begin to draft the essay, sketch out the fine points of your event.
This essay does not have to be a rousing exposition about why writing and reading are the joys of your life if they are really the bane of your existence. You can accomplish this purpose in a variety of ways. The main objective is to share the experience with your audience in as much detail and interesting storytelling as possible, while also demonstrating the significance. Thus, narrative writing tries to relay a series of events in an emotionally engaging way. You want your audience to be moved by your story, which could mean through laughter, sympathy, fear, anger, and so on. The more clearly you tell your story, the more emotionally engaged your audience is likely to be.
*Make sure that you have narrowed your thoughts down to address one particular experience you had. Remember you will be interpreting that experience for your audience, then reflecting on it to tell a story with a clear narrative arc—a beginning, a middle, and end—and descriptive detail. Since this is your story, you will need to use “I.”
Describe your English language learning journey.
*Think: How did you get to where you are now? Was it one specific experience? Is there one experience that stands out? A test? A teacher? Your mother/father? What made you want to learn English? Difficulties? Biggest challenge? When did it ‘click’? *What is something that has affected you (specifically, your learning in regards to English) and gotten you to where you are today (think significance of your story)?
Analyze a literacy event in regards to learning English and provide your audience with some insight you’ve discovered about literacy that might be helpful or entertaining.
Primary Audience→ Purpose
College students (your peers)→ to inform: What is it you want to share about literacy and your ‘journey’? What is it you have discovered through the readings, discussions, personal experiences and writing of this essay?
Secondary Audience→ Purpose
ENG 107 Instructor (Prof. Crissy)→ to convince: You clearly understand the concept of a literacy narrative and can connect the concept to your own experiences. You can follow the organization and pattern needed to covey your story clearly, use engaging and descriptive language, and demonstrate significance. You can write for a specific purpose and make “writerly” moves targeted to a specific audience.
WHAT MAKES IT GOOD
- Tells a detailed and engaging story about a literacy event
- Articulates how a literacy story of the past has shaped your present and points to future implications
- Makes some overall point about your literacy experience that is relatable/applicable to your target audience
- Length: 850 – 900 words.
- MLA format: 1” margins on top, bottom, left and right; left justified. Name block: includes your name, the class (Eng l07), my name, the date, and the title of the assignment (Literacy Narrative). A Title centered but not underlined or bolded. Header should be 1⁄2” from the top right margin and include your last name and page number. Double-spaced and in 12-point. Times New Roman font. There should be no additional spacing between the paragraphs or the title.
- Saving format: save your assignment as your first and last name plus WA1 (ex. crissynegrini_WA1.doc)
- Submit as a Word Doc.