✑ Make a list of a few ideas that you would like to cover in your literacy narrative. These should be written in a sentence form. This is because a literacy narrative is not just about writing about your favorite literature, it is more personal than that. It is about realizing why you liked reading the literature, what attracted you to it, etc.
✑ Begin writing the first draft of your very first literacy narrative. Do not go astray from your topic; stay focused on the theme. If you are unsure about your theme, work on it simultaneously.
✑ Revise the draft and clear any mistakes that you’ve made.
✑ Use a lot of imagery as this will transform your audiences to your memory, allowing them to connect to you, your experiences, and events. This method is also known as reflecting.
✑ Describe everything well and use other sensory details, viz., smell, touch, and taste.
✑ Give a suitable title for the paper.
✑ Include some dialogs as this keeps the reader/listener captivated to the literature.
✑ Get a peer to review it.
✑ If required, reedit your literacy narrative with the help of your seniors, parents, teachers, etc.
✑ Give it another good read and you are done writing your literacy narrative.
✑ What do I want to do? What do I want to convey?
✑ What were the crucial moments and details in the event?
✑ Does my literacy narrative have a title?
✑ Am I staying on the topic?
✑ Does this make sense to someone who doesn’t know anything about me or a literacy narrative?
✑ Describe the characters and settings well.
✑ Does it have an open-form structure?
✑ Is it generic or does it have some personal experiences?
✑ Have I used sufficient examples?
✑ Is it appropriate for my audience? As in, is the diction, tone, and language appropriate for the purpose of my literacy narrative? Is it too casual or too formal?
✑ Is it clear? Are the terminologies, examples, events, etc., understandable?
The cold wind started blowing in through the little gap in the door frame and the window. It whistled and moaned and scared me half to death. The breeze that blew in was pricking my nose and cheeks. I could smell the pine tree in the air; given the fact that we had one tied to the roof, Christmas was just a few days away. Dad and I both began search for some way to clog that thin gap to keep the cold out. As I reached into my jacket pocket, I realized there was a piece of folded paper in it. I pulled it out, only to realize that it was the lyrics of the carol, Hallelujah. I was overcome with the sudden burst of the singing spell, and I began to sing it. Dad too pitched in now and then. By the time I sang Hallelujah after the second verse, the cold winds had stopped. As we sang, “… and every breath we drew was hallelujah”, we heard a familiar honk coming from behind us. And what do you know, it was my Uncle Mitch coming our way with help!
✑ Which story or book was significant to you in your adolescent life?
✑ Who taught you to write?
✑ How did your attitude towards reading and writing develop?
✑ The first time I wrote a letter/love letter/poem/novel.
✑ The time I won or lost a crucial debate.
✑ The time I forgot my lines in a play.
✑ The first time you wrote something on your own.
✑ My favorite bedtime story as a child.
✑ The time I felt like an illiterate.
✑ The time I won a prize for reading/writing.
✑ The time I got my first computer/Facebook account/e-mail account, etc.
✑ The first time I recited holy scriptures at the church/temple/or at my Bar or Bat Mitzvah.