Essay 1: Literacy Narrative


This assignment give you structured practice in thinking critically about reading & writing and your own experience with these practices. The process of reflection, drafting, and revision will give you an opportunity to formally organize your thoughts about this topic and think about the possible relationships between your past experiences as a reader & writer and the future that you want to pursue.


A literacy narrative tells part of your story about how you learned to read and/or write. As Monika Shehi writes, "just like any other story, the literacy narrative seeks to explore what is significant about your experience in order to help you take stock of yourself as a reader and writer at this point in your academic journey” (RUWU 33).

This assignment requires you to identify, reflect upon, and then write about an event or experience that affected you in a meaningful way, made you see the world differently, changed your opinion about something important, or caused you to think long and hard about a topic that had never concerned you before.

Specifically, you will write about something that happened in your life with regard to the act of reading, the act of writing, or both.

A good personal narrative like this should provide the following:

Additionally, you should take into account the features of a good literacy narrative as explained in Bridging the Difference, and as discussed in class.

Evaluation Criteria

Discussion questions about example literacy narratives

Be specific, and be prepared to cite specific passages