Quick Write

What are you really good at?

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.

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
  • Rough Draft Due Thursday
  • 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



Page 11 in our textbook has an audience checklist.

Who are you writing to? Why are you writing to them?

Narrative Structure

Focus on events in your story. What events help you to tell your story?

  • First Event
  • Next Event
  • Next Event
  • Final Event

Do tell us what you went through. Show us what happened. Place us there with you.

Shitty First Drafts

The writing process is a very important concept that you need to learn. This will move you from writing ok papers to good papers.

The first draft is the down draft.

The second draft is the up draft.

The third draft is the dental draft.

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?


Turn one of the free writes you have written into a longer shitty rough draft.