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We have been discussing what literacy means, how it varies among individuals, and how it is ever-changing in our society. In this assignment you will analyze and discuss your literacy history, habits, and processes. The purpose of this reflective analysis is to help you discover your ideas surrounding literacy, namely reading and writing, and to help you gain a better understanding of the readings and research on literacy you will encounter as you complete your final project.
Invention and Drafting
This is a story about you as a writer and reader. To get started on developing your narrative, here are some questions you can ask yourself:
You do not have to answer all of these questions in the paper, and answering all of them should not be your goal. Instead, your goal in constructing this paper is to tell your literacy narrative in a way that best expresses your story. Maybe your struggle with learning to read or write becomes your focus. On the other end of the spectrum, maybe discussing your like or dislike of reading and writing becomes a major focus as well.
As you ask yourself these questions, try to develop a theme. Perhaps a particular literacy sponsor impacted your reading/writing, or maybe your love for writing turned to hatred as you studied years of standardized testing methods, and now you love it again because of your college composition courses! Remember, it’s a narrative about your literacy journey; be as creative as you like, as long as it falls under the criteria outlined below.
Who Is Your Audience?
Your audience is your classmates and myself. Think about what information you would need to tell them to get the best out of their story. What information would best give your classmates an idea of your literacy history? What information could you possibly keep out? We will be talking more about audience awareness in later classes, but definitely focus in on trying to communicate a narrative that your audience can connect to.
What Makes It Good?
A good literacy narrative is one that tells the story of the writer’s literacy history in an organized fashion. The paper follows a narrative style and the story telling of the paper can be easily followed. The narrative develops a theme that the audience can easily recognize.
Nuts and Bolts
Your literacy narrative must be 3-4 pages in length. This means a full 3 pages. (Don’t think one sentence on the next page equals a full page). If you do not get a full 3 pages, there will be point deductions. All pages must use 12-point Times New Roman font, be double-spaced, and use 1-inch margins on all sides. All pages must be numbered. You should set your Word specifications to have no extra space between paragraphs (0 pt spacing).
My Literacy Narrative
Length: 3 pages (825 Words)
My Literacy Narrative
In its spoken form, language is a natural phenomenon and everyone, irrespective of cultural conditions, social class, educational and economic factors, speak at least one language. However, writing and reading must be learned and taught. For that reason, guidance and support accompany the process of literacy acquisition. The development of literacy in the first language takes effort and time as it does in the other subsequent languages. This paper considers the linguistic and socio-cultural factors that influenced my ability to read and write in both Arabic and English.
In my early childhood days before joining elementary school, I started learning to speak Arabic at home. This was the native language that was used by my both parents and everyone who came visiting at home. Although I could not learn the skills of reading and writing at this time, I learned the skill of communication that enhanced my ability to understand the world better. As I turned four years and was taken to an elementary school, I could only understand and communicate with my teachers using the Arabic language. Communication was easy and smooth because most of the children at school also used Arabic.