Rough Drafts of Literacy Narratives due today! Email me a copy if you do not come to class for the points.

Quick Write

Have you ever had a good experience workshopping a paper? Why was it good? Why was it bad?

Peer Review

We are going to peer review first. I want to make sure you have enough time before the lesson for today.

Before we peer review, I want you to take a look at your own draft.

  1. Add dialogue, find a spot to add in some dialogue.
  2. Add details of a character or an artifact in your narrative. What can you describe or add details too? Are you giving enough context so the reader follows along?
  3. Add an image to help tell the story. What image would help the reader? What image is related to your literacy?
  4. Effective Title. What should you title your essay? What would be a good title that makes your reader want to read the essay and prepares them for it. Fall Semester Examples

This is the first of many peer reviews. Keep these things in mind.

  • Peer edit the same way you revise your own work.
  • Be specific in identifying problems or opportunities.
  • Offer suggestions for improvement.
  • Praise what is genuinely good in the paper.


  1. Literacy
  2. Lesson
  3. Story
  4. Dialogue/Description
  5. Title/Images


Quick Write

What should the reader take away after reading your narrative?

So What? Making the Point Clear

An important aspect of writing is making sure that your point is clear. Even in these narratives where we are exploring ourselves. You want the reader to know the lesson or point you learned from reflecting and writing.

Here are some questions to consider when concluding your narrative:

  • What did you learn about literacy?
  • How do you learn?
  • How have others helped you?
  • What should the reader take away after reading this?
  • Why does this matter?

The literacy narrative helps us to understand how we learned something. Whether we had a teacher, an instruction video, or from trial and error. Make sure the literacy lesson or point is clear to your reader. We are going to publish this online for the benefit of others. Think about your audience and how you can help them to learn something from your experience.

Show, Don’t Tell

The writing you do at this level should do the work, instead of you having to tell us. No more lines like:

In this essay…

My literacy narrative is …

Showing Instead of Telling: Description

We worked on description last class as well. To help with this find a picture of what you are trying to describe. Having it in front of you helps you to be more descriptive. If you are describing learning all the buttons and knobs in a car, you can try to draw the dashboard of a car from memory in order to recall specific details. You can also search for a car dashboard online and have that in front of you as you are writing your description. What do you see? Be specific and clear so that your audience can follow along.

Quick Write

What is your plan of action for revising your draft? Be Specific