Begin by reading "A Visit to White's Farm" (which is not quite a literacy narrative) and the two student narratives (One by Amelia Angulo and another by Shannon Nichols) linked in the Week 3 folder.
Your Writing Task
For this assignment, you will create a Literacy Narrative, a story about reading and writing similar to the student examples. Go beyond the simple narrative—include memories and images that will help the reader to become part of your world. Think about cause and effect. What did you learn about yourself? Why was that significant?
What if I don't have any warm, fuzzy stories?
What do you have?
- If reading was difficult for you (Vision problems? Dyslexia?) how did you feel about being left out? Can you tell about an incident that really captures that feeling?
- If books, reading, and writing were just not part of your life, perhaps you can write about your struggles in adapting to the world of school where literacy is so important. Perhaps this struggle to adapt is quite recent!
- If you had family or friends who tried to discourage your literacy, write about their efforts; this could turn into sort of an anti-literacy narrative.
Length: The equivalent of a four-page paper. A four-page paper should be between 1200 and 1440 words long, not counting title, your name, etc.
Format: Standard MLA format. (12-point Times Roman type, double-spaced, 1" margin all around, MLA header.)
Submitting the paper:
- The English Department wants electronic copies of all your essays this semester, so please upload the final product to the drop box in Blackboard. Some students (especially those who use Google
Docs) have trouble figuring out how to do this, so ask if you are uncertain how to proceed!
- If you have any trouble getting the Blackboard upload to work, simply print a copy and bring it to class.
- Final copy: Friday, February 2, 2018
This essay is worth 100 points.