In this assignment, you’ll write a brief literacy or technology narrative in which you reflect on a specific moment in your life involving reading, writing, or technology. In addition to describing the moment with narrative details, you should also reflect back on its significance, consequences, or implications (i.e., why it was important). Like a traditional literacy narrative, the account can be about an experience you had as a small child, a teenager, a college student, or any other time of your life. The only requirements are that it be narrative-driven, written with an eye for detail, focused and interesting, and revised and polished.
Since the required length is only 600-800 words (or about 2-3 pages typed, double-spaced), the structure of your narrative should be carefully plotted and your sentences should pop with active verbs. Be experimental when appropriate, and don’t feel obligated to weigh the paper down with too much exposition. The best transitions often come abruptly, especially in narratives, so feel free to keep some paragraphs short, even a few sentences.
I also encourage you to incorporate images when appropriate, so long as they are presented with an eye toward design. In other words, don’t just attach an image at the top; find a way to weave it into your narrative. The same goes with sound files, video clips, or any other media you might want to include. But again, there are no multimedia requirements with this assignment.
In addition to the above requirements, your narrative should also have a short, informative title – not something academic, but something interesting, enticing, and related to your central focus. For ideas about how to effectively title a paper, review the templates in Anne-Marie Womack’s Eighteen Forms for Student Writers (most are targeted toward academic titles, but the templates can be adapted for any purpose).