ENGLISH 101.101—FALL 2013
UNIT 1: LITERACY NARRATIVE
Working Folder Submission Date: September 11th, 2013
For Unit One you will write a narrative focusing on your experiences with, and the development of, your literate practices relevant to sustainability/water conservation. In other words, you are to write a story about how you learned behaviors related to sustainability and what you learned from that experience.
Your English 101 class is the target audience for this narrative. Because this essay is open form you should proceed as though you are telling your classmates a story rather than composing a traditional, formal essay. As is common with narratives, your story should make use of a subtle thesis that establishes the significance of the focal event as opposed to stating the thesis at the end of the first paragraph or announcing it as the “moral of the story” in the narrative’s final paragraph. Be aware that a subtle thesis does not occur in one single sentence. Furthermore, it should relay the importance and meaning of the experience for you and/or for a larger community; thus, you should show your readers, rather than tell them, what literacy you acquired.
**Please keep in mind that you are not expected to (nor should you) divulge sensitive and/or private information about yourself or someone else. The general topic—sustainability—is broad enough for you to select a focus that would be appropriate for an audience of your English 101 peers and instructor.
Suggested page length: 3-5 pages double spaced, 12 pt. font, 1” margins