Quick Write

What is the last thing that you remember having to learn?

What is Literacy?

Literacy – the ability to read and write.

Also, competence or knowledge in a specified area.

Literacy Narrative Examples

Rediscovering Reading

  • http://daln.osu.edu/handle/2374.DALN/2944
  • Talks about his trajectory as a reader—from early reading experience and success in reading contests; to adolescence when he was more focused on his social life and no longer enjoyed reading for school; to his experience in the Marine Corps, serving in Iraq, and returning to his love of reading and uses for reading in a variety of contexts (for fun, for work, etc). He also reflects on the experience that service members have with reading (e.g., he challenges the stereotype that Marines are dumb “jarheads” and don’t read much).
  • What was the take away from his narrative? What point did he want to make?

Read Your Bible or go to Hell


Summarize what you think the main point was of the second literacy narrative. 


Respond to the point you summarized. What do you think about it? Do you agree with the point? Do you disagree with the point? Why? Does it remind you of something from your life? Does it help you understand something better? What did you learn? 

Zombie Spaceship Wasteland

Let define what Patton Oswalt means when he says Zombie, Spaceship, and Wastelander. Starts on page 605.





Literacy Narrative

For the first paper, you have to tell a story about having to learn something. A Literacy Narrative tells a story about something you have learned.

We have written two introductions to possible literacy narratives. Your homework is to expand either of the two introductions into a rough draft of a literacy narrative.

The specifics for the literacy narrative.

  • 1,000 words
  • Tells a story about a literacy or a sponsor of literacy
  • MLA Format
  • Use Goodman article (p. 7) as a model if you need help with structure.
  • Page 15 Structure
  • Rough Draft Due Tuesday January 24, 2017
  • Bring a hard copy to class
  • Also a digital copy. Either flash drive or email it to yourself.

Here is a sample literacy narrative from last semester that you can use as a model as well. The BFG and A Little Me

Free Write

What literacy are you going to write about? What moment are you going to focus on?


Tell us about a moment in your literacy? Who was there, how did it happen, where were you?


  1. Turn one of the free writes you have written into a longer shitty rough draft. 
  2. Read Chapter 36, Peer Editing