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    community i e marrying into a family of sports fanatics traveling to a foreign country learning how to communicate with your pet learning the jargon of the composition community etc Then select two or three of the topic ideas Generate a list on the board or overhead sheet of all the different subtopics you can think of that are connected to those ideas List out some of the common expressions of the dialects you know for example Or do a comparison between dialects What was it that bothered you about being around all the sports talk After you ve generated your lists ask your students to help you find possible connections between the subtopics Perhaps you notice that the two dialects are really similar in some way i e that they both use jargon that seems to reflect the ethnicity of the original settlers of the area Or maybe the speed of speech in each region seems to match the pace of life there This part of the exercise should be messy because you are still brainstorming recording random thoughts Then ask your students which of the topics you ve listed seems like it will provide enough material for a three page paper Cross out those topics they think won t work Then have students generate their own lists using this same process After they have eliminated topics that won t give them enough material have them pick two of the best topics left and start freewriting As they freewrite one of the topics will usually emerge as more interesting to them and more relevant to the idea of literacy Brainstorming and Listing Exercise Student Instructions Now that we ve brainstormed and listed some possible topics for a Literacy Essay I might write based on my personal experiences spend some time doing the same for possible topics for YOUR Literacy Essay First brainstorm randomly about possible topics for the essay Then pick two or three possible topics and list as many subtopics for these as you can think of After finishing your list draw lines make arrows stars whatever works for you to indicate connections between different subtopics Then cross out any topics you think won t generate enough information for a three page paper Select two of the remaining topics and freewrite on each of them for five minutes Reminders Brainstorming is an informal way of generating topics to write about or points to make about your topic It can be done at any point along the writing process You can brainstorm a whole paper or just a conclusion or an example The important point about brainstorming is that there should be no pressure to be brilliant You should simply open your mind to whatever pops into it Think of it as a kind of free association When I say literacy what pops into your mind Much of what you will come up with will not be useful but that s okay Part of brainstorming will involve a selection

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  • Suggested Sequence
    a New Skill Exercise Evolving a Topic Exercise Suggested Readings Readings from The Prentice Hall Guide Student Readings from Other Sources Teacher Readings from Other Sources Print Friendly Page Authors Contributors Suggested Sequence You may wish to integrate the following suggestions and exercises into your course We suggest the following sequence Exercises Suggested Readings Additional Resources Tweet HELP SITE INDEX ABOUT THIS SITE CONTACT Writing CSU is an open access

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  • Exercises
    A Literacy Narrative Essay assignment asks the student to focus on a single incident or event relating to Literacy it s important that we help students learn how to narrow their topics focus The exercises included here are designed to help students learn how to look for experiences that specifically relate to Literacy and how to narrow those topics The exercises listed below are designed to help your students narrow

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  • Outsider Exercise
    Sources Print Friendly Page Authors Contributors Outsider Exercise One activity for teaching students how to narrow their topics for a Literacy Narrative Essay is to help them define what a Literacy experience is The Outsider Exercise is designed to help them narrow their general personal experience into specific experiences that may be related to Literacy During this activity you will ask students to think and write about an experience they have had when they felt like an outsider Then you will ask the students to think about why they were an outsider in that particular community Generally what will come out of this exercise is the idea that frequently when we feel like outsiders it s because we don t understand the culture or customs of the community we are trying to join As one part of culture customs is the way we communicate this idea can then naturally lead to how their lack of literacy caused them to feel like outsiders The narrowing process takes them from a personal experience to a personal experience that relates to feeling like an outsider to what caused them to feel like an outsider to the idea of literacy Click on selection below

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  • Learning a New Skill Exercise
    literacy experience is The Learning a New Skill Exercise is designed to help students narrow their general personal experience into specific experiences that may be related to Literacy For this activity you will ask students to think and write about an experience they have had when they felt they became proficient in a new skill The exercise should lead to the idea that literacy is like gaining a new skill

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  • Evolving a Topic Exercise
    activity for teaching students how to narrow their topics for a Literacy Narrative Essay is to walk them through the process of evolving a topic This exercise is designed to model a student s process for narrowing a topic and also to give students practice evolving their own topics In addition it provides them with sample questions they can ask themselves to narrow a topic Click on selection below for

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  • Suggested Readings
    Prentice Hall Guide Student Readings from Other Sources Teacher Readings from Other Sources Print Friendly Page Authors Contributors Suggested Readings Below is a list of texts that would be appropriate to hand out to your students plus texts available for teachers Texts for Students Readings from The Prentice Hall Guide for College Writers Third Edition Student Readings from Other Sources Texts for Teachers Teacher Readings from Other Sources Tweet HELP

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  • Readings from The Prentice Hall Guide for College Writers
    a New Skill Exercise Evolving a Topic Exercise Suggested Readings Readings from The Prentice Hall Guide Student Readings from Other Sources Teacher Readings from Other Sources Print Friendly Page Authors Contributors Readings from The Prentice Hall Guide for College Writers Back to the Suggested Readings Chapter Four Remembering should be assigned background reading for your students Techniques for Remembering pages 104 6 Tweet HELP SITE INDEX ABOUT THIS SITE CONTACT

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