various “ great ” books H u m a n i t i e s

various “ great ” books H u m a n i t i e s

In a minimum of 750 words, write a short literacy narrative about
yourself. Literacy narratives can often have slightly different focuses,
so you have a small amount of room for creativity, but they primarily
deal with detailing a person’s path to reading and writing (education
and experiences as a reader) and/or the impact that reading and writing
has on their lives. Keep in mind that the focus here is on “literacy”
(the act of reading and/or writing) and not as much on “literature”
(which we’ll be talking about in class). Your literacy narrative can
involve your experiences with various “great” books, but it will more
likely encompass your experiences with a variety of texts, from internet
reading, to newspapers, to comic books, to whatever you tend to read or
even write in your spare time.

The organization of your paper
will depend on the focus you want the essay to take. If you are writing
about your experience becoming literate (learning to read and write),
you will probably take a narrative approach, detailing your first
experiences in school or your first memories of books or the first time
reading or writing seemed to make a big impact on your life. In writing
from this perspective, you will want a clear introduction that
establishes the story you plan on telling, strong transitions and
paragraphs (probably chronologically organized) that put that overall
story together, and a conclusion that goes beyond simple summary to
address the large context of what you’ve just written about. What
ultimate impact did those early experiences have on the reader/writer
you are today?

If you focus more on particular texts or
experiences of reading and writing and how they have impacted your life,
you would structure your essay in a more subject-by-subject fashion.
Your introduction would establish that you are writing about significant
moments where literacy or particular texts impacted your life and give a
sense of why those moments or texts are important. Your body paragraphs
would be organized around each of those texts or moments, explaining
what they were and narrating why they mattered. In this structure, your
conclusion would again go beyond simple summary to put the discussion in
a larger context. Have those particular moments or texts changed the
way you read or address writing now? How might those experiences be
similar to or different from those of other individuals?

of how you organize the paper, the final draft of your paper needs to
be typed, double spaced, and in 12 point font with one inch margins.
Your name, the instructor’s name, the course number, and date need to be
in the upper left hand corner of the first page. Your last name and the
page number should appear in the upper right hand corner of each page
(technically it’s optional on the first page, but should definitely be
on additional pages). See page 488 in A Writer’s Reference for an example.

Requirements: .doc file | MLA | Narrative Essay | 3 pages, Double spaced