The literacy narrative as project as a whole has been a process where I did not think about making a story into a paper, then a comic, and then back into a paper would be as informative as it has been. The entire project easily encompassed all of the learning outcomes for this class. The text was made into a comic and an alphabetic text, pushing use of the different elements of both genres. The entirety of all three parts felt like a giant editing and revision process as we got feedback from peers and our professors and edited it accordingly or on our own terms. Part two of the narrative shows off our visual thinking abilities as we had to make our own comics and make sure that every panel had coherent placement, pictures, and text to create a story. While reading other texts throughout the semester we could choose to incorporate elements from the them that work in their favor such as panel structure, line of sight for the images, etc. This narrative also created our digital identity for our WordPress sight as this was one of the first major glimpses into our lives for anyone who happens to click on our site to see. After working on the comic for my literacy narrative, I realized that reading definitely has had more of an impact on my life than writing, since I choose to visual my childhood as a reader. I think that going back to literacy narrative and focusing solely on reading made it stronger than it was before. I also think that added my own flair with jokes littered throughout the narrative this time around, makes me like my own work more and hopefully others will enjoy it too.
The link to part 3 of my narrative is here
For this assignment I took the learning outcomes for our class and placed them on a picture of a watchtower. First, I put Digital Citizenship and Writing as Process, the main two objectives that feed into and support the other learning outcomes, on the supporting base of the tower. Then since the entire class was characterized by the visual aspects of the class, I placed it on the roof. Finally, since Rhetorical Composition and Critical Thinking and Reading were in every aspect of the course, I put them in the middle as a core aspect.
Through turning my Literacy Narrative from an alphabetic text, into a comic, and back into an alphabetic text, I learned that much of the detail that I am tempted to include in my writing does not benefit the argument I’m making. When I first wrote my narrative, I added supplementary details and formatted it like a short story, but when I converted it into a comic I was forced to identify what were the most important parts. Furthermore, the process of creating a storyboard rough draft, then peer reviewing, and then making a final comic taught me the importance of viewing writing as a process. I was naturally very hung up on making every version of my narrative perfect, but I had to remind myself that every draft was simply an improvement on the previous and not to worry about achieving perfection. Turning my comic back into an alphabetic text helped me reflect on my strengths as a writer and taught me that I am most effective at writing when I employ visual thinking to sketch out an outline or storyboard for an assignment.
You can find my Literacy Narrative Part 3 here.
I always adopt a systematic approach to tasks. Like a computer program, I decompose my writing process into small, distinct, and manageable parts. The program, written in java syntax form, continually add new text and images, effectively editing and revising a traditional essay until the final draft is acceptable and meets expectations. The new line added to the program, “draw diagram” line would effectively include visual thinking into the writing process.
The link to the assignment can be found here.