My Literacy Narrative details the turbulent relationship that I have had with reading and writing throughout my life so far. Although I definitely found it hard to remember specific memories that related to reading and writing, I have done my best to pinpoint the pivotal moments from my past.
As part of this Literacy Narrative, we had to brainstorm our ideas on a piece of paper. Physically writing down my ideas, as opposed to just typing them on a Word document, was new to me, but I found it much easier to make links between my ideas, and to add in extra information as I went when I was brainstorming my hand. This meant that when I came to write my actual narrative, I had plenty of ideas laid out and ready to choose from, and so the task of writing a longer narrative wasn’t as daunting to me. This was a refreshing change from what usually happens, whereby I don’t know where to start.
Thinking about my childhood certainly brought back many happy memories, but I found it really hard to condense 19 years of my life into 500 words, and so my literacy narrative is definitely too long. My ideas are also a bit all over the place. I think the best strategy for me will be to write my literacy narrative as a comic, and then re-write my longer written narrative. As a visual learner, I find it easier to condense my ideas when I have to think about drawing them, as opposed to just leaving them as words on a page.
The most interesting sentence in my Literacy Narrative, in my opinion, is “I did well in the classes, because I learnt to write what the teacher wanted to read”. I think this highlights a flaw in the education system that there’s a ‘formula’ to follow to get marks even if individual students could portray their ideas better using another format. I just think that it highlights why I get so frustrated with how traditional English classes are taught in school.