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Literacy Narratives - ENG 103

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Megan Altman

on 3 September 2012

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Transcript of Literacy Narratives - ENG 103

Drafting Literacy Narratives Photo based on: 'horizon' by pierreyves @ flickr Organization Prewriting Add Details Memoirs explore and reflect on a central theme or question, while telling an autobiographical story. Literacy narratives are one type of memoir that relates an experience or event that was important in shaping the writer and reader that you have become. Description of the complication What the writer learned Evaluation of the complication Resolution of the complication Introduction Sets the scene Conclusion You should include: An engaging title An introduction with a hook that captures the reader's interest or sets the scene A complication, tension or conflict that will be resolved by the end of the story. A conflict between people's values, beliefs, desires, or needs A conflict within the writer as you moved from one life stage to another or discovered something previously unknown. Something new, challenging, discomforting or frightening. Rich and vivid details to give the story greater imagery and impact. A central theme or question about literacy that the narrator explores and reflects on. A new understanding or revelation that presents a moment of growth, transformation, or clarity in the writer. Your goal in a memoir is to uncover the meaning of your past for your readers and for yourself. Focus on an interesting literacy event or series of events from your life that you want to explore. You need to reflect on your memories to figure out what they meant at the time and what they mean to you now. A struggle to learn something Learning to read or write Ideas A teacher that was influential in your development as a reader/writer Learning to read/ write/speak in another language Overcoming a disability A failure that you learned from A challenge that you were successful at A school assignment or text that was significant to you The influence your family had 0n your education Give rich descriptions of people, places and things Use Dialogue Allow the characters in your memoir to reveal key details through dialogue, rather than narration Write the way your characters speak Identify who is speaking with dialogue tags (i.e. she said, he yelled, etc.) Complication The problem or challenge that you faced Try to figure out how this complication came about and why you reacted to it in the way that you did. Resolving the Complication Show how you and others evaluated and tried to resolve the complication. Conclusion Should describe not only what you learned, but also what your reader can learn about literacy from your experiences. Give your story some closure. Revising A good memoir is to the point, with no digressions. Look at every aspect of your memoir and take out anything that is not absolutely necessary. When it comes to storytelling, less is often more. Delete anything that doesn't advance the story or help you develop your message. a special kind of memoir They invite readers to explore and reflect with the narrator to try to unravel the deeper significance of the events. Their purpose is to explore your experiences to gain insight into who you are as a writer and reader and to examine the role literacy has played in your life. Your goal is not to tell a story, but to present your literate self to your readers and convey a sense of who you are as a writer/reader and how you became that literate person.
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