Writing a Literacy Narrative
A literacy narrative tells a story about your personal experience with reading, writing, and/or language. You need to pick an event from your past—either positive or negative—and connect that event to your current feelings about and/or abilities in reading and/or writing.
What is the earliest or most vivid memory you have of learning to read or write? Who taught you—a parent, grandparent, older sibling, or teacher? What books or stories were significant in your early life, and how do they resonate in you today?
How did you respond to being read to as a child? Think about looking at illustrations, hearing rhymes and voices for different characters. In school, were there any writing assignments that you found challenging or illuminating? Did you have a teacher that was especially important to your education or left you with a big impression? How did your attitudes towards writing and reading develop as you progressed from a child to an adult?
These are some of the questions you should think about when finding a topic for your literacy narrative. This essay leaves a lot of room for you to be creative and it’s up to you what event from your past you choose to focus on. Tell us a story about the experience and what it means to you now. It doesn’t just have to be strictly about learning to read or write—you’ve had hundreds of experiences with learning that have left you with the outlook you have now. Pick one and show us how it has shaped who you are as a reader/writer/learner today