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Freewriting Session: Literacy Narrative

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Beth Bensen-Barber

on 7 February 2013

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Who are some people from your past that impacted your literacy? In what way(s) did they teach you, interest you ,or merely amuse you?

Freewrite for about five minutes about two to three people in your life (both past and present; well known or not so well known).

Consider traits, attributes, characteristics, or quirky behavior for each person that in some way affected your literacy. Memorable People Freewriting: A process for generating ideas and text by writing continuously for several minutes without pausing to read what has been written (see Norton Field Guide to Writing, p. 199-200). Freewriting So, who are you as a literate person?

How has your literacy changed over time?

Are you still in contact with people who impacted you?

Do you still have the objects about which you described earlier?

Are you able to visit your memorable place(s)? Memorable You What objects/items/possessions from your past are connected to your literacy?

Try to list 10-15 items. Now narrow your list down to about five and describe them in detail.

What was each item’s role. How did each affect your skills as a writer? How did each impact you when reading? What was each item’s purpose or use? Memorable Objects What event made you question or realize your literacy?

This is a tough question to answer, but try to answer it in a brief response. Memorable Event What/where are some favorite places that impacted your literacy in some way?

Again, freewrite for about five minutes on a place(s) that comes to mind.

Try to recall at least five places where you might have practiced writing, done some reading, or learned a skill of some kind. (Don’t interpret “skill” too narrowly; think about becoming literate in your hobbies or using technology.) Memorable Places Open a Word document and type your name at the top of the page.

The following slides provide writing prompts to assist you with developing a topic for your literacy narrative.

As you consider each prompt, write the first thing that pops into your mind. Do not worry about grammar or punctuation. Just write freely. Freewriting A Memorable
Freewriting Session Literacy Narrative Freewriting also “involves opening a new page in your word processor and writing anything that comes to mind for about five minutes” (Johnson-Sheehan and Paine 15). Works Cited Bullock, Richard, and Maureen Daly Goggin. The Norton Field Guide to Writing with Readings. New York: Norton, 2008.

Johnson-Sheehan, Richard, and Charles Paine. Writing Today. Boston: Longman, 2010. Adapted from the following: Allen, Brady. “Literacy (and other) Narratives.” A Guide to Teaching: The Norton Field Guide to Writing with Readings. Eds. Richard Bullock and Maureen Daly Goggin. New York: Norton, 2007. 131-139.
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