essay writing process, reflect on your experiences and attitudes about reading as a child.

Basic Prompt

As you begin this essay writing process, reflect on your experiences and attitudes about reading as a child.

Regardless of our backgrounds, our ideas of literacy often become deeply engrained as good or

bad without much thought about 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.

 

 

Choose a Topic: Please draw from the following as you develop your essay focus for our children’s literature class:

• Narrate an early memory about writing or reading that you recall vividly. Then explain

why this event is significant to you now.

• Describe someone who taught you to read or write and explain this person’s

significance in your life.

• Identify a book or other text and explain its significance for you in your reading and

writing.

• Narrate an experience with a writing or reading task that you found (or still find)

difficult or challenging.

• 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

• Create a well told story. Bring your narrative to life by using concrete and vivid

details.

• Develop your main idea. (make sure you only have one main idea)

• Develop the significance or affect of your experience

• Use strong, complete, varied sentences

• Organize paragraphs in a logical way, using topic sentences

• Demonstrate effective, engaging, and clear writing

• 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

• Use concrete, vivid descriptions and focus on a specific event

• Consider using dialogue between the characters in your narrative, if you feel

comfortable

• Proofread!

 

NOTE: MY FIRST BOOK WAS LITTEL WOMEN BECOUSE MY FATHER ENCOURAGE ME TO READ WHEN I WAS LITTEL , AND I’M A GIRL.