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

  • What was the take away from his narrative? What point did he want to make?

Protect Yourself at All Times

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.

Literacy Moment

You should begin to narrow down the literacy you are interested in writing about. To get us thinking about that literacy, pick a scene related to it from your past experience. It can be in the car with your dad, it can be sitting on your mom’s lap reading a book, etc. Pick one scene and draw it out on a piece of paper. Use the full page, add as much detail as you can remember.

Share your drawing with a neighbor. Tell them about the moment and the literacy. What you just shared with your neighbor, write it down. Keep it short, one to two paragraphs.



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.