Quick Write

What is the last thing that you remember having to learn?

What is Literacy?

Literacy – the ability to read and write.

Also, competence or knowledge in a specified area.


Take out a piece of paper and turn it on its side. Draw a line across the middle.

On the left should be the day you were born. On the right, write today’s date. Now start filling it in with dates and important events in your life.

After you are done, we will share these with a partner.

What is the purpose of this you think?


Let’s come up with a big list of literacies that we can write about. Take two minutes and write down two or three literacies you have learned. Share with a partner.

  • Read/Write
  • Drive a car
  • ?

Intro to Literacy Narrative

After reading a couple literacy narratives, write a literacy narrative of your own, perhaps recalling how you learned to read or write.

A Literacy Narrative tells a story about something you have learned. The focus of this paper is on the learning. How did you learn? How did your sponsor help you to learn? How does learning this literacy relate to learning other literacies?

Remember that there are many kinds of literacy. The narrative you compose may be about your encounters with paintings, films, music, fashion, architecture, or video games. Or it may explore any intellectual passion you have. From Graphic Design, to Mathematics, to a Foreign Language.


  • 1,000+ words
  • Tells a story about a literacy or a sponsor of literacy
  • MLA Format
  • Works Cited
  • 1+ relevant Image(s)
  • Appropriate Structure
  • Rough Draft
  • Revised Draft
  • Final Draft posted on class blog

Here is a sample literacy narrative from a previous class that you can use as a model as well. The BFG and A Little Me.

Read Your Bible or go to Hell


If you want to read more about literacy narratives, here are two great sources to check out.

  1. College Writing Tips: Write a Good Literacy Narrative
  2. Writing a Literacy Narrative


What does annotate the text mean? Why should you annotate? What can you do to annotate or mark up your text?

Shitty First Drafts

Remember, the first homework assignment you can do is to answer the three questions at the end of the Anne Lamott article, “Shitty First Drafts.”

Take a couple minutes and look through the short article and find something you can share with the class. This will lead us to our discussion.

Free Write

Pick one event from your timeline to think about more. How did you go about learning it?