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Literacy_Narratives - ENG 103

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Megan Altman

on 7 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 while telling an autobiographical story. Literacy narratives relate 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 complication Resolution of the complication Introduction Sets the scene Conclusion You should include: 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 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. Goal - 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. Reflect on your memories to figure out what they meant at the time and what they mean now. A struggle to learn something in school 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 The influence your family had 0n your education Give rich descriptions of people, places and things Use Dialogue Reveal key details through dialogue, rather than narration Complication The problem or challenge that you faced How did the complication come about? Why did you react to it the way you did? Resolving the Complication How you and others evaluated and tried to resolve the complication. Conclusion Describe not only what you learned, but also what your readers can learn about literacy from your experiences. Give your story some closure. Revising Reread 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 Purpose - 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. Goal - to convey a sense of who you are as a writer/reader and how you became that literate person.
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