Major Paper 1: Literacy Narrative Purpose The purpose of this assignment is to g

Major Paper 1: Literacy Narrative
Purpose
The purpose of this assignment is to get you thinking critically about how your past experiences with literacy and language impact your current values, beliefs, attitudes, and practices around literacy and language. It is based on the threshold concept that “Writing is impacted by identities and prior experiences.”
Often, to move forward with writing, we need to understand better what’s been impacting us. For this assignment, we aim to look to the past to understand the present and make way for the future, as the goal of ENC 1101 is to prepare you for future writing. We will be doing so by using concepts of writing studies scholars to “re-see” our history through one or more of the following threshold concepts:
Writing is a process and all writers have more to learn;
“Good” writing is contextual
People collaborate to get things done in writing
Task
In this assignment, you will describe a few key moments of your own literacy history and analyze your experiences using two or more of the literacy/language concepts covered in our readings. You will use this analysis to make a specific, arguable, and thematic claim that answers the question “HOW have your PAST literacy experiences impacted your PRESENT reading and writing values, beliefs, attitudes, and practices?”
For this essay, I am asking you to do four things:
Describe three or four important literacy events from your past or recent present; these moments should help illustrate a common theme about who you are as a reader and writer today
Analyze your literacy moments using two or more course threshold concepts
Support your analysis by connecting examples and quotes from these course concepts (i.e., the readings) to your descriptions
State your current values, beliefs, attitudes, and practices of reading and writing and explain how the literacy events you’ve described above have shaped your current reading and writing identity
Your “main claim” or “thesis statement” should be an answer to this question “HOW have your PAST literacy experiences impacted your PRESENT reading and writing values, beliefs, attitudes, and practices? Use your descriptions of literacy events and analysis/ connections to course concepts to support this claim.
For your examples from your own experiences, you might choose:
a specific event that was somehow important in your development as a writer and reader
a series of related events
or a phase or period of your life in which certain people, places, or things figured prominently.
Critically, you should connect these past experiences to concepts of literacy and threshold concepts by using textual support from Wardle and Downs as evidence.
Format and other Information
4 full pages minimum (though it can be longer), not including Works Cited or any appendices you may include, 12-point Times New Roman font, double spaced, 1-inch margins, typed, doc or docx
Name and page number in upper-right header; have an appropriate title.
Final essay must follow MLA or APA format (see examples in Easy Writer)

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