When I read the feedback sheets and had a conversation with my group, I realized that my comic was too short and I need to make it a little longer, maybe add one more page. Another thing that I noticed was that I did not change the focus at all. Also, I thought that my Literacy narrative comic lacked details, however, my groupmates mentioned that it was well detailed. Additionally, they said that even though the comic is short, it is clear, almost complete, and with good details. Plus, they suggested making it colored. Overall, in my opinion, if I change angles and distance, add at least one page, and maybe add some colors it will be complete.
This was a very tough essay to write.
The overall idea of what this narrative is attempting to say is that writing has been a big part of my life that has evolved from happy stories to real life situations. From writing at a young age, I’ve always found comfort in it, and it has helped me deal with the worst of times, especially in high school. Reading has also helped, but it has evolved drastically from interests in fiction to interests in facts.
During the process of writing this narrative, I had a lot of troubles. It was very strange to reflect on the majority of my life and pinpoint where reading and writing have significantly changed the course of my life. It’s almost surreal. The pre-write helped a ton, however. I poured countless stories, ideas, and emotions into just the pre-write, which made it both easy and tough for the actual draft. The plethora made it seem like there would be many choices, but it became tough when I realize that I wanted to include it all. Having a 750 word limit was an even greater challenge. Even after deleting a large portion of my writing, I was still well above 750 words, making it so that I had to be even more concise with my words.
I’ve learned that I’ve changed a lot as a person. I always told myself this, but I never really had the best evidence to prove this to myself. However, after a deep reflection, I’ve come to understand that I actually have changed a great deal, especially since junior year of high school.
I’m surprised that I’d been writing for so long. I’d always known that I wrote from a young age, but I had not yet connected the dots between my writing now and my writing then.
I hope that everyone can at least appreciate the last question asked in my post, and I believe that we are all still debating within ourselves the answer to that question.
My Literacy Narrative focuses on how I was growing up and loving (and at one point even hating) to read. I tried to describe every single thought in my head as clearly as possible. However, at some moments it seemed hard to transfer them into this essay. I decided to use the freewriting exercise and it made the process of writing this narrative much easier and faster due to the fact, that I was forming my essay by putting together all these pieces created separately (answers to the questions from freewriting exercise) into one big picture. When I finished writing the essay and began adding the picture that I took during the winter break when I went back home, I started reading my narrative again from the beginning and came to the conclusion, that what seemed difficult to start turned out to be an enjoyable and great experience.
In my literacy narrative, I compare the positivity I have experienced with writing and the setbacks I have had in my history with reading. Though I have always been a dedicated student, I have learned that needing extra help in a single subject area is something to accept.
Since I have had a similar assignment in the past, I knew I wanted to just go more into depth. Having the pre-assignment prompts allowed me so include details that I otherwise would not think to. This assignment was the first time I have put into words how I actually felt with the extra reading program I attended in first grade. I was able to actually ponder how this made me feel in the past compared to what it means to me now.
For me, reading has always been a big part of my life. From the moment I learned to read, it is almost as if I have not been able to stop. I really appreciated taking the time to step back and reflect on the steps I have taken to become the reader and writer I am today. Sure, there have been some times where I really did not enjoy the things that I have been asked to read in class and I have struggled with writing. However, I truly do not think I will ever lose the passion that I have when I finally finish a book I really enjoyed or receive an “A” on a paper I worked so hard to write. I hope to inspire others that may not truly appreciate certain genres to realize that there are pieces of literature that they will enjoy; I challenge them to go out and search for it because it may be found where they least expect it.
Once you have published your literacy narrative as a page on your site, you’ll need to publish a post about the narrative that links to the page. That post serves three fundamental functions:
- it provides a compelling preview of your narrative that summarizes the controlling idea of your narrative in a sentence or two;
- it reflects on what you have learned in the process of writing your technology literacy narrative;
- when your post syndicates to the class site, that constitutes turning in your narrative.
Some questions to consider in your reflection:
- What was your writing process for this narrative like? Did it feel strange for you to do the freewriting exercise first? How did the freewriting influence the essay you eventually wrote?
- What did you learn about yourself by the end of writing your narrative? Was there anything that you found surprising, or something about yourself that you came to view differently in the process of writing this essay?
- What sentence from your essay do you think someone else reading it would identify as the most interesting sentence?
Length: 500 – 750 words
Begin by doing some freewriting in response to the following questions. Don’t worry too much about how the pieces will fit together or what it will all look like in a final essay. Just let your mind go to wherever it goes as you think about the question. You should try to write for at least five minutes in response to each question. Use as much detail as you can — try to imagine as clearly as you can but don’t worry about spelling, grammar, or structure yet.
- Please write about the key moment when, where, and how you first learned to read. What was learning to read like for you? What sorts of books did you read?
- How did you feel about reading and writing as an adolescent — say, during middle and high school? What sorts of experiences did you have as a reader and writing in school?
- What are your experiences with social networking sites like MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, or others? What do you remember about your first experiences with such sites? Do you text on a smartphone? What sorts of experiences have you had writing to/for people with those sorts of technologies?
- What are some of the biggest struggles you have had as a reader and/or writer? What are some of your best moments as a writer?
Now that you’ve done some brainstorming, write an essay in which you analyze the key experiences that shaped the way you read and write.
Take a step back and reread the freewriting you did, looking for any interesting patterns that you surfaced about your history with reading and writing. You do not need to directly address the questions above or include points from the brainstorming you’ve done, but hopefully in the process of freewriting and thinking about those questions, you’ve recognized some issues or patterns that are interesting enough for you to analyze more carefully.
You’ll have opportunities for revision and later in the term I will ask you to remix the writing you’re doing here into a graphic narrative but for now just focus on drafting this essay.
Nuts and Bolts
Publish your narrative as a page (not a post) on your class website (make certain to add it to the menu, so we can all find it).
As with everything you publish for me this semester, you need more than just words for your narrative — you must have at least one image, video, or audio file with your narrative. You’ll need to provide a caption and give credit to the creator of the image (even if it’s your own). We’ll talk briefly in class on Tuesday about Creative Commons and finding CC-licensed images with Flickr.
Once you have published the page, you need to also write a separate blog post. That post should link to the page you have published and reflect on the process of writing it. Further instructions for the reflection post here.