Finding Your Voice

Sept. 8 Homework

Reading both of these education narratives, a couple of “ingredients” I’ve found are that both authors tell a story in first person of their past experiences and express their feelings of that experience. The author Olivarez speaks about his past, about how the experience he had as a child, growing into a teenager lead to him being an adult and creating this narrative for us to read. That includes him explaining his readers the thought process he goes through every time he is pushed through a new experience. He makes sure that we understand the background of America, and how it helped him make a more comfortable, at home place for other people and motivated other people of that same culture to then motivate other people. In Lorde’s narrative, she writes about how she felt during those particular experiences, allowing us as the reader to understand that the story she explained to us made her curious and in the end, angered by the actions of the people around her that felt they should be done to protect her from the reality that she soon found out about. A good place that I can get started with my own education narrative would be whatever experience I’ve had that makes me thing the way that I think now or affects the person that I am today. One question would be if the education narrative is always going to be past tense. There aren’t many things I can bring up that makes me feel or act the way that I do act now.

1 Comment

  1. Carrie Hall

    Great question! I mean, something that happened yesterday would be in the past tense, so… probably. But that is a guideline, not a rule. You can write in the present tense, about something happening now if you prefer!

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