KEEP IN MIND THE ESSAY IS FOR A 19 YEAR OLD MALE STUDENT Narrative essays use storytelling elements such as narrator, character, setting, plot, conflict, concrete details, and sometimes even dialogue to make their points. look more like a short story than a conventional essay. use a point of view that is typically first person (I), and the essay usually reveals personal aspects of the narrator's life and includes personal opinions supported by the essay's details. Directions: Task 1: Make sure you understand the concepts of literacy and what a literacy narrative typically includes. Task 2: Choose which ONE literacy context you want to write about: Academic Literacy Technological Literacy Workplace Literacy Social and/or Cultural Literacy NOT all four. Task 3: Use the question set from your chosen literacy context as a guide to get you thinking about a particular time, situation, event. You are telling a story about how you acquired that literacy. Once upon a time . . . Include vivid details that involve the senses: sights, smells, sounds, textures, even tastes, depending on your story. What 2-3 scenes would best help tell your story? See above and the text about drafting a scene. Task 4: Choose your hypothetical audience. Who are you telling this story to in your mind? Practice working with different audiences. It might be a group of school children, job trainees, people traveling to a new place, who might want to hear and benefit from your story. Task 5: Write a short narrative (your story) about acquiring your literacy in that context. Format for the final essay: MLA format, double-spaced Under your name in the MLA header, name your audience Pay attention to polished organization, development, paragraph and sentence structure, and grammar/mechanics. Reminders/Suggestions: ***Make sure you: 1) write about gaining literacy: competence or knowledge in a specific area. This knowledge is not necessarily the same thing as personal growth, although it can facilitate personal growth. So say, overcoming a fear of heights or the loss of a loved one is not the same thing as gaining literacy. 2) tell it as a story with a point: use scenes, setting, details, characters, etc. Imagine telling it to your chosen audience: kids, job recruits, a prospective employer, a TedTalk audience and having them be able to imagine what you're telling. ***To make sure you are including everything in your own narrative and not missing details, see the link below to the literacy narrative checklist.

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