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Fall 2010
Essay Assignment #3: A Literacy Narrative

Small Group Workshops Tuesday 12/7 and Thursday12/9 (Bring three copies of your essay with you to class on Tuesday.)

Final Revision and Essay Portfolio Due Tuesday 12/14

Using Sherman Alexie’s “Joy of Reading: Superman and Me,” Gloria Naylor’s “The Love of Books,” and Eudora Welty’s “Listening” as models, write your own literacy narrative. Recount some of your experiences with reading and writing while growing up. Then address some of the same questions that the authors address in their essays. For example: How has reading and writing influenced your identity and how you view yourself?  How are these experiences connected with the relationships you have had as a child and/or teenager? How have these experiences, these memories, affected the way you view the role of literacy in your life today? How have different texts, which you have encountered while growing up, touched you as a person?

Use specific, sensory details when describing your memory of an experience. Use rich, vivid imagery. Show your experience. Don’t be afraid of sounding “strange” or “weird.” Take chances. Be bold. Be honest.

I’ll be looking for original thought and honest, deeply considered responses. The final revision should represent a substantial rewriting of the first draft.

 The Final Revision must have:

        • 1250- 1750 words, typed, with 1’ margins, in Times New Roman 12 point font, double-spaced, with a title. Include your name, date, course number, and section number on the upper left hand corner of the first page and a page number at the bottom of each consecutive page.

In order to get credit for your Final Revision, you must turn in ALL DRAFTS in addition to your final revision of your essay in a folder.


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