ALL PARTS HAVE TO BE COMPLETED
A Literacy Narrative is a special kind of essay in which the writer describes his or her relationship with reading or writing. A narrative is not a person’s life story; it focuses on a single experience or event in the person’s life and shows how the event shaped the person—what he or she learned from it or how the experience helped him or her grow. For example, your literacy narrative could be about how you learned the value of writing or how the feedback of a teacher taught you to love (or hate) writing.
This assignment has two parts. Please submit both parts as a single document.
Write a brief (75 to 150-word) literacy narrative which explores some aspect of the Four Basics (Exposure, Motivation, Practice, or Feedback)), as it applies to your experiences. Your literacy narrative should describe one event or experience related to writing and show what you learned from it or how it shaped your writing process or attitude toward writing.
You might also want to review “What is an ‘Essay’?”
It is important to know what resources you have to help you through this class. Browse the following resources, and, in 75 to 150 words, describe how you think you will be able to use two or more of these to improve your writing skills.
Writing and Documenting in APA
This week, you will be preparing for next week’s essay: the narrative. Take a moment and review the directions for the Week 3 narrative essay. Once you have a topic you want to write your narrative about, you will complete this two part assignment: prewriting and outlining.
The first part of this assignment will help you “flesh out” your topic. Take 10-15 minutes to free write about your topic. Write down everything that pertains to your topic, including questions your readers might have. Don’t worry about grammar or sentence structure; this is a brainstorming activity.
Next, create an outline as a preliminary structure for the narrative essay.
Outline in three to five parts only
Don’t describe; summarize
Outline whole sentences only
This essay explores the Narrative Mode, which is perhaps the most natural style of writing for most people.
One of the goals of the narrative form is to allow readers to feel as if they are not simply reading someone else’s story, but that they are somehow part of it. Unlike simply telling a story though, a narrative essay has a specific piece of information to share, a lesson for the reader. There should be a clear reason for your telling the story. This is where the “essay” in the narrative essay becomes apparent.
Your assignment this week is to write such an essay. Refer back to your outline of a significant event that you wrote for W2. Keep in mind that you are writing a story and it is important to freely tell your story. But, this is still an academic essay. The goal of your story is to support a clearly stated thesis/lesson for the reader. As such, your tale should be wrapped in a clear introduction and conclusion.
Your essay should contain the following basic features:
An introduction with an attention grabbing opening (hook), a well-defined message or argument (thesis), and any background information the reader needs to fully understand your story;
Body paragraphs which a tell the story of your clear and specific, singular event that illustrates the essay thesis;
Vivid language that works to recreate the event, including descriptions of where the event took place, the people who were involved, and the things these people said and did;
A conclusion that briefly implicitly or explicitly reviews your story, reiterates the lessons you learned and that you hope the reader to learn, and provides a closing thought such as
owhy this event is still personally significant,
othe state of your life since the event and how you feel about it,
ofuture plans related to the event,
orhetorical questions for the reader, etc.
In addition to the above, the final draft of your essay should be:
From 250-500 words in length, typed in Times New Roman 12pt. font, double-spaced, with one-inch margins.
Uses APA style (a title page and citations as needed which are modeled in your APA guide),
Written in first person;
Edited for spelling, mechanical, grammatical, and typing errors
Now that you have completed your Narrative Essay, reflect back on this process, how it went, and what you’ve learned from it. Write a brief reflection journal in which you address the following questions
1.What just happened? (What did I/we do?)
2.What was the purpose? (Why did I/we do it?)
3.What did it say? (What was the content?) [For this question, identify one concept from the readings, lessons, or discussions pertaining to this assignment that seemed significant to you. Be specific.]
4.What was the point?
5.How can I use this?
Important: Do not write just one-sentence answers to the above questions. Write at least a paragraph for each.
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