WR 115 Assignment
Essay One—Literacy Narrative 600-1000 Words
Basic Prompt As you begin this essay writing process, reflect on your experiences and attitudes about reading and writing. Regardless of our backgrounds, our ideas of literacy often become deeply engrained as good or bad without much thought about to how these views have come to be. As a result, many of us have definitions of literacy–of reading and writing–that could benefit from a thoughtful and honest close self-examination. Choose a Topic: Please draw from the following as you develop your essay focus: • Narrate an early memory about writing or reading that you recall vividly. Then explain why this event is significant to ...view middle of the document...
• Proofread! Format See syllabus section: Some Requirements for Essays in this Class. Final Note Develop your essay to its potential. Give yourself time to write this essay and you may find that you’ve created a moving, powerful piece of writing—perhaps your best work ever! Let me know if you have any questions. I have attached some pretty good student examples below.
WR 115 Assignment Student Example 1 Word count: 1050 The Lord Master’s Sacrifice
Essay One—Student Examples
He came to me one day, a blonde haired boy, with the brightest green eyes I’d ever seen. The man who had formerly been known as Lord Master Boranil revealed himself to me as Linarob. A cruel leader bent on causing harm and suppressing his people became a man with a child-like innocence; a twenty-five year old struggling with his power hungry Council. What started as an experiment –give your antagonist at least one good quality- became a turning point in his and my life. My writing moves my life along in phases and Linarob was the start of the phase that would last nearly two years. Linarob and I began our journey together when he revealed to me his compassion for others. I knew then that the role I had chosen for him was not the role he belonged in. Rather than being an evil man bent on destruction or a good man dedicated to stopping that destruction, he showed me two sides; one, the hated Lord Boranil, trapped in his fortress after five years of ignorantly obeying his malicious Council, and two, Linarob, the loved man who snuck out at night to inspire his people and give them hope. I soon realized that this represented a pattern I saw in my life at elementary age. During school I had no friends and I wandered the playground alone; after school I had friends and was liked. I never understood why there was that separation. As many writers know, characters are all products of their creators; all bear the qualities of the writer in some fashion, hidden or obvious. I found that Linarob and I shared an innocence like that of a child; we were blissfully unaware of the darker side of our worlds. He soon discovered that his Council was using his power to kill civilians, just as I soon discovered that people my age were drinking and smoking illegal substances at school. Linarob also shared with me a need in life; the need to feel loved. I found that both of us were so eager to please others that our personal accomplishments meant nothing if nobody noticed. As Lord Boranil he was often somber and depressed, but as Linarob he was vibrant and alive. I realized that I felt these moods as well. After a fight with my parents or when my friends connected in a way that I couldn’t, I felt like Lord Boranil. He would retreat to a room in his fortress, gazing out a window, and I would become distant like that as well, focusing on the scenery around me or retreating into my daydreams. When something I did was noticed in a good way I was cheerful and happy, feeling on top of the world just as...