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ENGL 107-003 Photo by Dmitry Ratushny on Unsplash Project #1: Literacy Narrative Assignment Prompt Your assignment is to tell a story about your experience with language in a specific situation. ... Your story should do more than entertain: It should reveal an experience, insight, belief, or value that you, or a community you belong to, hold about language and/or an aspect of your identity as a multilingual person. Rationale How, why, when, and where we engage with language arises out of specific situations, or contexts. Looking closely at the social and personal elements of a situation can reveal how you experience language and how it has affected your identity. Understanding the context of a language-related event can help you critically reflect on how to respond to various linguistic situations and how to solve communicative challenges in the future. You may also consider the role of English in your own life and in society. Strategies of Narrative as a Genre To tell your narrative, you should use techniques for both “showing” and “telling” about your experiences. Specifically, you will describe scenes, people, places, and actions. Use of sensory detail, concrete specifics, figurative language, dialogue, and other storytelling strategies will strengthen your portrayal of your experience, serving as evidence so that your readers can envision the story as you are telling it. In addition to a vivid portrait of the situation, you should reflect on, comment on, question, and/or speculate about what this experience means to you. Consider how examining and reflecting on the experience reveals some insight that serves as the central focusing statement or idea about how language functions (in society or in your life) and what impacts it has. Options for Focusing Your Narrative You can follow one of several directions in focusing your narrative: • You could describe a significant event in your experience of learning English or another language. • You could focus on cultural attitudes toward English and other languages in your life, and explore how you have navigated some of those for better or worse. • You could focus on your process of becoming bilingual or multilingual in a current subculture or group, learning the appropriate uses of language and gaining membership to the group as a result. • You could consider what it was like to attend university (or high school, or earlier!) in an additional language, including how this affected your education and/or worldview. • You could look at the language(s) you will likely use in a chosen career or field of study. You can look at how your past experience with language has prepared you (or not prepared you) for the kinds of language you will likely be asked to master.Defining “Language” For the purposes of this assignment, “language” is defined broadly as a communication system. Your language narrative can focus on any of the following: • a traditional language (such as English, Arabic, or Cantonese) • a specific way of writing in a language (such as the English alphabet, pinyin, or kanji) • a sign language • a religious language • a specific form of slang • a language for computer coding • an invented language (such as Klingon) • any other kind of language you can think of, as long as you can explain what makes it a language Keep in mind that if your narrative focuses on a language that readers may not be familiar with, you will need to introduce the language so that readers understand who uses it and where/when/how it is used. Format Requirements • Your project should have an engaging title. • Your project should be 800-1000 words in length. • Your project should be double-spaced and formatted in 12-point Times New Roman font with 1-inch margins. Course Objectives After completing this project you will have made progress towards the following student learning objectives: • 1.B analyze how genres shape reading and composing practices. • 1.C read in ways that contribute to their rhetorical knowledge as writers. • 2.A incorporate evidence, such as through summaries, paraphrases, quotations, and visuals. • 3.A follow appropriate conventions for grammar, punctuation, and spelling, through practice in composing and revising. • 4.B produce multiple revisions on global and local levels. • 4.C suggest useful global and local revisions to other writers. • 4E. evaluate and act on peer and instructor feedback to revise their texts. • 4F. reflect on their progress as academic writers. Grading Criteria Your Language Narrative will be graded on the following criteria: • Focus and Insight: The paper has a clear focus, telling a story about the author’s experience with language and revealing an insight, belief, or value of the author. (Objective 1B) • Support and Evidence: The paper incorporates support or evidence for claims or insights through descriptive detail. (Objective 2A, 2B) • Organization: The paper appropriately uses or adapts common organizational features of narrative to create a clear and meaningful organizational structure for readers. (Objectives 1B, 1C, 3A) • Language and Rhetorical Features: The paper appropriately uses or adapts common language and rhetorical features of narrative, such as first-person pronouns, descriptive language, verb tense, dialogue, and reflections about language. It is free of errors of the type that would be detected by a spell-check or grammar-check tool. (Objectives 1B, 1C, 3A) • Reflection & Revision: The paper has gone through multiple revisions (prewriting, first & final drafts). The author has critically incorporated feedback from peers and instructor. (Objectives 4B, 4C) [Show More]

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