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Contact Author Reflect What is the earliest or most vivid memory you have of learning to read or write? Who taught you—a parent, grandparent, older sibling, or teacher? What books or stories were significant in your early life, and how do they resonate in you today?
How did you respond to being read to as a child? Think about looking at illustrations, hearing rhymes and voices for different characters. In school, were there any writing assignments that you found challenging or illuminating? How did your attitudes toward writing and reading develop? These are some of the questions you should think about when writing a literacy narrative, whether as a school assignment, a journal entry, or an exercise to help you focus your writing experience.
A literacy narrative is a personal account of learning how to read or write. I used to read Calvin and Hobbes out loud to my cousin, who was only a year younger and could read herself.
There was something special about reading aloud, sharing the experience together. I learned to write sitting at a miniature school desk, practicing tracing letters on gray lined paper that easily smudged or tore when it met an eraser.
We were encouraged to write our own stories and illustrate them, one of my favorite kindergarten activities. Weinberg was my scribe as I narrated the story, writing it into the white booklet made from papers folded and stapled together.
She asked me what happens to the bad guys in the story. Even the fidgety kids enjoyed it. In the third grade we were introduced to Mr. Bartling read about Mole and Toad or explained how stories can jump back and forth in time. Freewriting A writing exercise that many teachers recommend is freewriting.
It can help you get ideas flowing freely without worrying about logical flow, errors, or other self-censoring issues. The idea is to write nonstop, whatever comes to mind. Try not to lift your pen from the paper for more than a second. Go from one thought to the next without pausing.
Even if your mind goes blank for a moment, keep writing the same word over and over, keeping the rhythm of the pen moving. Freewrite for five to ten minutes--the more you try it, the longer you can go.
Freewriting is supposed to loosen the mind, take away the inhibitions that many writers face when they stare down a blank page. Think of athletes who stretch their muscles before a race. You may even hit on some fascinating thoughts that you want to write about further.
Brainstorming tips Think about the questions posed in the first paragraph.How to Write Anything: A Guide and Reference with Readings by John J. Ruszkiewicz, Jay T.
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Martin's; Second Tags: how to write anything a guide and reference, how to write anything a guide Oth. Books: temporary-architecture-lisa-bakerpdf. JOHN J. RUSZKIEWICZ is chair of the School of Undergraduate Studies Writing Committee at the University of Texas at Austin, where he has taught literature, rhetoric, and writing for more than thirty years.
A winner of the President s Associates Teaching Excellence Award, he was instrumental in creating the Department of Rhetoric and Writing in Author: John J.
Ruszkiewicz. How to Write Anything with Readings by University John J Ruszkiewicz, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. And students love it because John Ruszkiewicz s tone makes writing in any genre approachable, with a flexible, rhetorical framework for a range of common academic and real-world genres, and a reference with extra support for writing, research, design, style, and grammar.
Aug 08, · The McGraw Hill Guide: Writing for College, Writing for Life. New York: McGraw-Hill, (pgs. offers information on rhetorical analysis) Ruszkiewicz, John J. and Jay Dolmage. How to Write Anything: A Guide and Reference. Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, (Chapter 8 focuses on rhetorical analysis).