We will be revising today, focusing on images and metaphors.

Metaphors of Life

We use metaphors to help people understand what we are trying to say. Instead of explaining that life comes with many surprises and so on, you can use a simple metaphor.

Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.

Forrest Gump

The metaphor explains how Forrest sees the world. His philosophy of life that he learned from his mom. It’s short and explains a lot.

Now you will write some “I am like” statements and perhaps link them to times, places, or memories in your narrative.

Here are some templates to follow that will help you make some of your own.

At five years old, I was like a . . .

At ten years old, I was like a . . .

At work, I am like a . . .

At school, I am like a . . .

These statements can be used to illustrate scenes and examples, that further explain the points you are making in your narrative.

If you want to see some other metaphors, here is a long list of life metaphors.

Using Images

A picture is worth a thousand words.

As the old adage goes. You can say a lot with an image and help convey what you want the reader to understand. Even if an assignment does not call for images, you can use them (and videos) to help with research.

You can also use them when you are describing something. Find a picture of a car dashboard if you are writing about that. You do not have to recall it from memory, you can look at a picture to help write about it.

Use images, videos, drawings to help deliver your message. What images can you include that would help the reader of your narrative? Is one image enough or should you include several images?

Great example of using images effectively. Mass Incarceration in the USA

What image to use if up to you. You might already know exactly what image you want to include. You can also search online for your topic and see what comes up. If you are writing about learning to cook, Google the term “learning to cook” and see what comes up.

Google images is a great resource. You can also use “cooking” “baking” or the name of what you learned how to cook.

So What? Making the Point Clear

An important aspect of writing is making sure that your point is clear. Even in these narratives where we are exploring ourselves. You want the reader to know the lesson or point you learned from reflecting and writing.

Here are some questions to consider when concluding your narrative:

  • What did you learn about literacy?
  • How do you learn?
  • How have others helped you?
  • What should the reader take away after reading this?
  • Why does this matter?

The literacy narrative helps us to understand how we learned something. Whether we had a teacher, an instruction video, or from trial and error. Make sure the literacy lesson or point is clear to your reader. We are going to publish this online for the benefit of others. Think about your audience and how you can help them to learn something from your experience.

Quick Write

What is the point or lesson of your narrative? What should your readers learn or take away from reading your narrative. So what? Why is it important? Why does it matter?

This can be a work in progress.