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Guidelines to Share Your Literacy Narrative Story

Guidelines to Share Your Literacy Narrative Story:

Your sharing of a part of your literacy narrative will be more effective if it involves a story or stories. Here are some guidelines to help you get started to think about what you want to share.

  1. First, think of how you would answer the following questions: 
    1. For me, reading has always been….
    2.  For me, writing has always been…


  1. Think of memories that you have relating to reading or writing. These memories can be positive or negative. Think about how you felt and who was there and what it was like.


  1. How did those memories help create the reader/writer that you are today?


  1. Here are some questions to get your thinking started.
    1. Earliest Memories/Family History:
  • What is your fondest and or first memory of learning how to read or write?
  • Do you remember learning to read or write before elementary school?  Who taught you?
  • What do you know about your family’s history of literacy?  Are your parents good readers/writers?
  • What do you remember about reading/writing at home?


  1. School Years:
  • What successes did you have as a reader or as a writer?  What was difficult?
  • What memorable reading/ writing experiences, if any, do you have from school?
  • Did you ever have to write a longer paper in school?  If so, what was it about and what do you remember?


  1. Literacy Now:
  • What does being a reader mean to you?  What does being a writer mean to you?  How do you think that you came to this understanding/definition?
  • What are your goals as a reader/ writer in college?
  • What do you find difficult about reading/ writing now?
  • As you embark on your college education, what role do you see reading and writing playing in your education?
  • What kind of material do you like to read? 
  • Do you like to write?  If so, what do you like to write?
  • What kind of reading do you like to do?
  • Where is your favorite place to read? To write?
  • What is your experience like when you read a good book?
  • Has anyone every commented on your reading and/ or writing ability?  Positively or negatively?