As you begin this essay writing process, reflect on your experiences and attitudes about reading and writing in ENGLISH. Regardless of our backgrounds, our ideas of literacy often become deeply engrained as good or bad without much thought about to how these views have come to be. As a result, many of us have definitions of literacy – of reading and writing that could benefit from a thoughtful and honest close self-examination. We really need to look at how we are learning and what works! Basically, we are researching ourselves.
Choose a Topic:
Please draw from one or many of the following as you develop your essay focus or choose a foucs of your own:
o Narrate an early memory about writing or reading English
that you recall vividly. Then explain why this event is significant to you now.
o Describe someone who taught you to read or write and explain this person’s significance in your life.
o Identify a book or other text and explain its significance for you in your reading and writing.
o Narrate an experience with a writing or reading task that you found (or still find)
difficult or challenging.
o Describe a memento and explain how it represents an important moment in your reading/writing development. Then Create a Narrative: Use sound writing and
Story-telling skills to organize and articulate your story. Make sure to stay focused on your one, main idea. Key Elements
o Create a well told story. Bring your narrative to life by using concrete and vivid details.
o Develop your main idea. (Make sure you only have one main idea)
o Develop the significance or effect of your experience
o Use strong, complete, varied sentences
o Organize paragraphs in a logical way, using topic sentences
oDemonstrate effective, engaging, and clear writing
o State the main idea of your essay somewhere in your introduction, and then make certain that every supporting paragraph relates to and supports that main idea
o Use concrete, vivid descriptions and focus on a specific event
o Consider using dialogue between the characters in your narrative, if you feel comfortable
o Demonstrate growth and improvement from the first drafts to the final revised draft.