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ENG 1102 Troy University Impact of Reading upon My Life Essay

ENG 1102

Troy University

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Assignment: Write a short essay (500-750 words) about the impact of reading upon your life. A literacy essay explores one’s growth as a reader. Don’t confuse “literacy” with “literature.” The goal is to come up with a thesis that states how one specific text, or perhaps a series of them, or just the written word in general contributed to your personal development.

Literacy narratives can often have slightly different focuses, so you have a small amount of room for creativity, but they do deal with detailing a person’s path to reading and writing (education and experiences as a reader) and/or the impact that reading and writing has on their lives. Keep in mind that the focus here is on “literacy” (more the act of reading and/or writing) and not as much on “literature” (which we’ll be talking about in class). Your literacy narrative can involve your experiences with various “great” books, but it will more likely encompass your experiences with a variety of texts, from internet reading, to newspapers, to comic books, to whatever you tend to read or even write in your spare time.

Regardless of how you organize the paper, the final draft of your paper needs to be typed, double spaced, and in 12 point font with one inch margins. Your name, the instructor’s name, the course number, and date need to be in the upper left hand corner of the first page. Your last name and the page number should appear in the upper right hand corner of each page (technically it’s optional on the first page, but should definitely be on additional pages). See page 488 in A Writer’s Reference for an example.

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Literacy Narrative Rubric

Literacy Narrative Rubric

CriteriaRatingsPts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeIntroIntroduction
Introduction: You set a context for why it’s important to discuss the place of reading and writing in our lives. How has your experience in these areas shaped your values? What can other people learn from the story you have to tell? You may use a specific anecdote or episode from your life to illustrate your point.

15.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeThesisThesis: You state in 1-2 sentences your main idea. The thesis is the culmination of your introduction.

15.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeOrganizationOrganization
You have two options for organizing your essay, depending on the focus you take: OPTION 1: If you are writing about your experience becoming literate (learning to read and write), you will probably take a narrative approach, detailing your first experiences in school or your first memories of books or the first time reading or writing seemed to make a big impact on your life. You will want strong transition from paragraph to paragraph, and your paragraphs should be around six sentences in length to be fully developed. Your organization will probably be chronological, moving from stage to stage in your life. OPTION 2: If you focus more on a specific text or a specific reading experience, you’ll structure your essay in a more subject-by-subject fashion. Your introduction will establish that you are writing about significant moments at which literacy or particular texts impacted your life and give a sense of why those moments or texts are important. Your body paragraphs will be organized around each of those texts or moments, explaining what they were and narrating why they mattered. You will still want strong transitions and paragraphs of roughly six sentences.

30.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeconclusionConclusion: Regardless of which option you choose, you want a conclusion that avoids summarizing what you’ve just said. You also don’t want to say, “In conclusion.…” Your aim in a conclusion is to place the discussion in a larger context. For example, how might those experiences be similar to or different from those of other individuals? How do you envision the role of reading in your life in the future?

10.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeGrammar and mechanicsGrammar and mechanics: Your paper avoids basic grammar mistakes, such as dropped apostrophes in possessives, subject/verb disagreement, arbitrary tense switches, etc. The paper demonstrates a commitment to proofreading by avoiding easy-to-catch typos and word mistakes (effect for affect, for example).

15.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeOutcomePresentationPresentation: Your paper meets the minimum length criteria of 750 words, is typed with a title and your name on it. You follow your individual professor’s instructions for formatting (margins, placement of the name, etc).

15.0 pts

Total Points: 100.0

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Writing Center 1 MLA Documentation Guide Revised February 2009 FORMATTING INFORMATION • Use 8 ½ x 11 inch paper • One (1)-inch margins on top, bottom, left, right • Indent first line of each paragraph using the TAB key • Do not use full justification; use left justification except for centered items • First page of manuscript should include the author’s last name and page number in the upper right header and the student’s name, professor’s name, class name, and date double spaced at the left margin. Continue numbering pages consecutively throughout the manuscript. • Title should be centered below the heading. (No title page is necessary.) • All text should be double-spaced; use a readable font, such as 12-point Times New Roman. Name 1 Student’s Name Professor’s Name English 1102 February 3, 2009 Title of Essay The text of the essay should begin here. Notice that the paragraph is indented one-half inch, or one TAB space. The text will continue in this way through the Works Cited, all double-spaced. This font is Times New Roman, 12 point. Writing Center 2 IN-TEXT CITATIONS When you write research papers, you must indicate to your readers whenever you incorporate the words/ideas of another writer (documentation), whether you have quoted directly or summarized. That indication is given in parentheses following the incorporated material (usually at the end of the sentence). In the parentheses, you should provide the author’s last name and the page number(s) to which you referred. (If you mentioned the author’s name within the text of the manuscript, then only the page number is required within the parentheses.) This notation will guide the reader to the complete bibliographical entry on the Works Cited page (which is arranged alphabetically by authors’ last names). If the source you refer to in your essay is anonymous, then provide a shortened version of the title in the parentheses. If the source is a book, italicize the title; if it is an article within a journal, then put the title in quotation marks, just as the complete title would be found in the Works Cited. If the source you use has no page number available (i.e., a web page), you may omit the page number in the parentheses or use the abbreviation n. pag. For more specific information concerning in-text citations, refer to the MLA Style Manual. DOCUMENTATION GUIDES (Note: One major change in this edition of the MLA Style Manual is that each bibliographical entry now specifies the medium of publication.) PRINT SOURCES BOOK BY A SINGLE AUTHOR Last, First. Title. Place of publication: Publisher, date. Type of source. Spacks, Patricia Meyer. Privacy: Concealing the Eighteenth-Century Self. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2003. Print. In-text citation: (Spacks 23) Writing Center 3 BOOK BY TWO OR MORE AUTHORS (List in the order in which they are presented on the title page.) Booth, Wayne C., Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams. The Craft of Research. 2nd ed. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2003. Print. In-text citation: (Booth, Colomb, and Williams 47) (If a source has more than three authors, you may list all names in full, or you may list the first name and follow with the abbreviation et al. [and others].) WORK IN AN ANTHOLOGY To the basic book entry, add the following information: author, title, and (if relevant) translator and/or editor of the part of the book being cited; e.g., story, chapter. Bardo, Susan. “The Moral Content of Nabokov’s Lolita.” Aesthetic Subjects. Ed. Pamela R. Matthews and David McWhirter. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2003. 125-52. Print. In-text citation: (Bardo 126) ARTICLE IN A SCHOLARLY JOURNAL Last, First. “Title of Article.” Title of Journal xx[volume number].x [issue number] (date): xx-xx [page numbers]. Print. Barthelme, Frederick. “Architecture.” Kansas Quarterly 13.3-4 (1981): 77-80. Print. In-text citation: (Barthelme 78) ARTICLE IN A NEWSPAPER Last, First. “Title of Article.” Title of Newspaper date of article: xx[, edition, if appropriate]:[section (if appropriate)]xx [page number]. Print. Rosenberg, Geanne. “Electronic Discovery Proves an Effective Legal Weapon.” New York Times 31 Mar. 1997, natl. ed: C5. Print. In-text citation: (Rosenberg C5) Writing Center 4 ARTICLE IN A MAGAZINE Last, First. “Title of Article.” Title of Magazine date of magazine: xx [page numbers]. Print. McEvoy, Dermot. “Little Books, Big Success.” Publishers Weekly 30 Oct. 2006: 26-28. Print. In-text citation: (McEvoy 27) ANONYMOUS ARTICLE Use the same format as for an article but begin with the title of the article rather than the author. “The Decade of the Spy.” Newsweek 7 Mar. 1994: 24-27. Print. In-text citation: (“Decade” 26) INDIRECT REFERENCE Whenever possible, take material from the original source; however, if the original source is not available, you may make an indirect reference. For example if John Smith quotes Joe Jones, and if you do not have access to Jones’s original work but still want to quote what Jones says, then you should parenthetically cite this source as follows: (Jones qtd. in Smith 42). You would include a complete bibliographical entry for Smith in the Works Cited. You may also provide the bibliographical information for Jones in a note. WEB SOURCES WEB SITE Name of author or compiler. “Title of the work/page.” Title of the overall web site [if distinct from the title of the work/page]. Publisher or sponsor of the site (if not available, use n.p.), Date of publication (if not available, use n.d.). Medium of publication. Date of access (day, month, year). [Untitled works may be identified by a genre label, such as Home page, Introduction, Online posting, etc.] Writing Center 5 Green, Joshua. “The Rove Presidency.” The Atlantic.com. Atlantic Monthy Group, Sept. 2007. Web. 29 Nov. 2007. In-text citation: (Green n. pag.) or (Green) “Maplewood, New Jersey.” Map. Google Maps. Google, 23 July 2007. Web. 23 July 2007. In-text citation (“Maplewood” n. pag.) or (“Maplewood”) Yager, Susan, narr. “The Former Age.” By Geoffrey Chaucer. Chaucer Metapage. Ed. Mark E. Allen et al. U of North Carolina, 13 Feb. 2007. Web. 30 Nov. 2007. In-text citation: (Yager n. pag.) or (Yager) ARTICLE FROM AN ONLINE JOURNAL Use the format for a print article, and add the medium of publication (web) and date of access (date, month, year). Landauer, Michelle. “Images of Virtue: Reading, Reformation and the Visualization of Culture in Rousseau’s La nouvelle Heloise.” Romanticism on the Net 46 (2007): n. pag. Web. 8 Nov. 2007. In-text citation: (Landauer n. pag.) Or, if paragraphs are numbered, use a paragraph reference, i.e., (Landauer para.7) ARTICLE RETRIEVED FROM AN ONLINE DATABASE Use the format for a print article, followed by the title of the database (italicized), the medium of publication (Web), and the date of access (day, month, year). Chan, Evans. “Postmodernism and Hong Kong Cinema.” Postmodern Culture 10.3 (2000): n. pag. Project Muse. Web. 20 May 2002. In-text citation: (Chan n. pag.) Writing Center 6 Miller, Steven, and Sara Guyer, eds. Literature and the Right to Marriage. Spec. issue of Diacritics 35.4 (2005): 1-120. ProQuest Research Library. Web. 30 Nov. 2007. In-text citation: (Miller and Guyer n. pag.) OR if the article is formatted in PDF form, you may use a page number: (Miller and Guyer 2) Common Abbreviations in MLA ed.—Edition et al.—And others n. p.—No publication information n.d.—No date n. pag—No pagination or no page numbers UP—University Press ...
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The Impact of Reading upon My Life
In any society, communication is core for co-existence. Communication refers to the
exchange of messages between two or more people. In a typical communication scenario, a
person (communicator) uses some medium to deliver a message to the recipient. One of the
common means of communication is through the written words. Communication through
writing involves putting the message in written form, for the recipient to read and understand
the message. The success of communication through the written media purely relies on the
literacy of the recipient. The ability...

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