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Transcript of Literacy Narrative
~ Kofi Annan What does literacy mean to you?? LITERACY AND NARRATIVES Literacy is the ability to read and write. literacy is the "ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate, compute and use printed and written materials associated with varying contexts. (Wikipedia) Literacy involves a continuum of learning in enabling individuals to achieve their goals, to develop their knowledge and potential, and to participate fully in their community and wider society. (Wikipedia) Literacy is your foundation to achieving your goals SO WHAT ARE NARRATIVES? They are a way to express your literacy :) Narratives are a made up story that is created in a constructive format (as a work of speech, literature, pictures, song, motion pictures, television, video games, theatre, musical theatre, or dance) that describes a sequence of fictional or non-fictional events. (Wikipedia) So now it's your turn The focus of this first writing assignment is on exploring an experience that seems to have been important in shaping the kind of reader and writer you have become or an experience that illustrates the role of literacy in your life.
The purpose of the assignment is to relate to your readers (your classmates and me) a story of some event or experience in your life in which writing and/or reading figure prominently--a story that might provide some insight into the role literacy plays into your life. You can accomplish this purpose in a variety of ways. You might, for example, tell the story of an especially important event later in your life that profoundly shaped you as the literate person you are today.
Or you might describe an important educational or non-educational experience that influenced your literacy learning in some way. Or you might focus on a specific event in which writing or reading played a crucial role. Or you might do some variation of all these. I want the assignment to be flexible enough to accommodate a range of possible essays and to give you the freedom to explore a form and structure that seem most suitable to you as you try to present your literate self to the rest of us. But keep in mind the purpose of the assignment as well as your audience. This is not to be an autobiography; rather, it is a narrative of a specific experience or set of experiences. ANY QUESTIONS??