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Literacy Narrative Drafts
Recurring Errors and Reminders/Solutions
Error 1: Dialogue Format
 Reminder: Dialogue quotes exactly what
someone said and can’t be altered or
explained within th...
Error 1: Dialogue Format
Dialogue also has to fit seamlessly into
your essay.
“Our conversation went like this:” is
awkwar...
Error 1: Dialogue Format
 Solution: Instructional video will be
added to D2L over weekend—check
for it! (Everybody needs ...
Error 2: Lack of Stories/Details

 Reminder: A narrative consists of a story
(or stories) to demonstrate your claim—
not...
Error 2: Lack of Stories/Details

Avoid: When speaking to my friends, I
say “sup?” but I would say something
more like “H...
Error 2: Lack of Stories/Details

Solution: A sample essay with
instructor comments will be available on
D2L shortly—chec...
Error 3: References to Essay
 “In this essay I will discuss…”
 “As this essay has demonstrated…”
 “I’m writing this pap...
Error 4: Addressing Reader
Acceptable:
 Have you ever considered…
 You may find yourself changing words
depending on you...
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Literacy Narrative Drafts: Recurring Errors

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This PowerPoint explains the most common errors present in your literacy narrative drafts. Hopefully, this will help you locate and correct these in your own essay before turning it in for a final grade.

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  1. 1. Literacy Narrative Drafts Recurring Errors and Reminders/Solutions
  2. 2. Error 1: Dialogue Format  Reminder: Dialogue quotes exactly what someone said and can’t be altered or explained within the quotation marks. “Holy s*&%!” he said. (No, he didn’t, unless he said “Holy ess-asterisk- ampersand percentage!”) He said, “IDK (I don’t know), wyd (what you doing?)” (Don’t translate within the dialogue itself—that comes later.)
  3. 3. Error 1: Dialogue Format Dialogue also has to fit seamlessly into your essay. “Our conversation went like this:” is awkward. Yesterday, my niece came over. While sitting on the porch, she looked at me and said, “Why sky blue?”
  4. 4. Error 1: Dialogue Format  Solution: Instructional video will be added to D2L over weekend—check for it! (Everybody needs different help.)
  5. 5. Error 2: Lack of Stories/Details   Reminder: A narrative consists of a story (or stories) to demonstrate your claim— not hypothetical or general situations.  Vague examples of how you might or would speak to certain people aren’t as effective as specific situations in which you did speak that way.  You may need only one story per type of English you speak—you don’t have to follow the typical support/example body paragraph structure in this genre.
  6. 6. Error 2: Lack of Stories/Details  Avoid: When speaking to my friends, I say “sup?” but I would say something more like “How are you doing?” if speaking to my boss. Say: Last week, after we finished a killer chemistry test, my friend Jess said, “That was whack.”
  7. 7. Error 2: Lack of Stories/Details  Solution: A sample essay with instructor comments will be available on D2L shortly—check for it!
  8. 8. Error 3: References to Essay  “In this essay I will discuss…”  “As this essay has demonstrated…”  “I’m writing this paper for English class…”  “For this assignment, I am required to discuss three Englishes I speak…” Don’t refer to your own essay in the essay—it isn’t appropriate for academic writing.
  9. 9. Error 4: Addressing Reader Acceptable:  Have you ever considered…  You may find yourself changing words depending on your audience… Inappropriate/Unacceptable:  “As you can clearly see…”  “Now you know…”  “That sounds weird to you…”
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