In this assignment, you will write and design a literacy and technology narrative (750 words) in which you critically reflect on your relationship with a specific literacy or technology at a specific moment in your life. Your narrative can be focused on any literacy experience or technology, from an early memory reading Dr. Seuss, to your experience with a specific app or video game, to a breakup via text, to your Facebook habits, etc., etc. Virtually any technology or literacy practice, so long as you make it specific, can serve as the content of your narrative. In addition to describing the experience with narrative details, you should also reflect on its significance and consequences. Why was it significant and what did it teach you: about yourself, solitude, attention, time, memory, friendship, communication, etc.). The narrative can be about an experience you had as a small child, a teenager, a college student, or any time of your life. For brainstorming ideas, read through the brainstorming questions and prompts.

Here are the requirements:

  • The narrative must be specific, focused, and clearly written, as well as revised and polished with no careless grammar mistakes. Use active verbs and specific nouns.
  • The narrative must tell some kind of story, which means that it must use narrative details to present your encounter as a story.
  • The narrative must involve and showcase critical distance, which means that it should include some degree of critical thinking and reflection
  • The narrative must include at least two media: text, image, sound, video, etc.
  • The narrative should be at least 750 words
  • The narrative should have a short, informative, and intriguing title – not something academic. 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).
  • The narrative will be submitted electronically (to Dropbox or via link) by February 3

Regardless of how you write and structure the narrative, you should pay attention to formatting and design. For this and all assignments, I welcome unconventional structures and layouts, so long as they serve your purpose. Use white space creatively; add headings and sections; embed images, quotations, video clips, and other media. Think about writing and designing the narrative in something other than Microsoft Word; for example, in a program more open to multimodal remixing: Medium, Steller, Atavist, even Powerpoint.

In terms of the narrative, don’t feel obligated to weigh the paper down with too much exposition. The best transitions often come abruptly, so feel free to keep some paragraphs short, even a few sentences. I also encourage you to juxtapose different formats (images, links, quotations) to create an engaging and interesting narrative. Keep in mind that not all narratives are linear; some work through juxtaposition and montage, cutting and remixing material for narrative effect.