3 thoughts on “Literacy Narrative & Reflections from Josh B.

  1. Alison Lowenstein-Isaacs

    Hi Josh,

    I love this. I like the language you use in the assignment’s description, and especially the use of the word, empowerment. My only question is how are you planning on handing out this assignment? Is this the handouts for the unit or do you hand this packet out at once. If so, it might be a bit overwhelming to receive it all at once. I know students like to plan ahead, but I think it might be nice to dispense the information throughout the course of a few weeks. I would also think a two or three page document that highlights the basics of the assignment might be good for students to have on hand. I use blackboard and put assignment sheets in announcements and students refer to it. I also usually have the rubrics separate from the assignment and hand those out during peer review.

    I am awful at using open lab, because I usually use blackboard. One of my 2020 goals is to be better at using Open Lab. I am telling you this because I think I uploaded my narrative, but If you don’t see it, please email me. I look forward to hearing your comments.


    1. Carrie Hall

      So, Josh, the only one of these options that’s actually a literacy narrative is option 3. While the other 2 may be interesting assignments (though they would require specific scaffolding, I think– I know classes that have dealt with both of these prompts and I know how they often go) the purpose of the Lit Narrative is to think about students’ relationship to **language** in some way. Sometimes we stray from this slightly and have them write about their experiences with education, but the first two prompts don’t deal with either.

      We specifically want people to examine themselves as writers and their relationship to the page and the classroom. It’s not that there’s not a place for those other questions, but that is not what this particular assignment asks.

      What I’d like to see here is more of what you’re asking them to read to get them to think about their reading/ writing, and what you’ll be grading them on so that they have some gauge of where they stand. Keep in mind that this is their first college writing assignment. While you want them to feel free to express themselves, you want to provide enough structure they know where to begin.

      I think the questions you ask are good– but there may be too many of them. As it stands, I’m not quite sure a student would know what to do (and you’re asking them to write a 5 paragraph essay– why is that?) I would suggest you give them a few examples of literacy narratives with a few different structures and ask them to use the one that speaks to them the most as a model. This will give them a more organic, real-world starting point.

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