This essay will tell a story related to the development of your literacy. A literacy narrative is simply a story about how you learned to read and/or write. This might include a story about learning to read cereal boxes or a story about learning to write valentines. You might want to record memories about the bedtime stories your parents read to you, the comics you looked at in the newspaper, or your first library card. Others will want to tell a story about writing a memorable letter, learning how to write a blog or a tweet. The specific number of paragraphs is not important as long as the essay meets the length requirement and includes the key features: a well-told story, vivid detail, and some indication of the narrative’s significance. This essay should use first-person pronouns. No sources are needed.
Please consider these suggestions:
Your topic may be related to ANY aspect of your literacy. You are not limited to early childhood memories—consider how your literacy continued to develop in middle school, high school, and beyond.
Literacy is not limited to the ability to read. Consider a story about how you communicate, your relationship with writing, a moment that changed the way you use language, etc.
A good introduction includes a “hook” to get the reader interested.
Avoid adding a simple lesson or moral to the end of your story to convey its significance.
The purpose of this assignment is to engage in writing as a process that develops through experience and varies among individuals, revise and edit a rough draft, work collaboratively to critique your work and that of others, and demonstrate your ability to express your thinking in a readable manuscript appropriate for a post-secondary academic community.
Length: 800 words
File type must be .docx
MLA guidelines must be followed (including font, page layout, headings, and spacing).
Use a title that does not include the name of or description of the assignment, but rather offers a clue about your narrative.