Fall 2016 English 1010
The Digital Literacy Memoir (think: narrative essay) is an exploration into how/when the
writer learned or experienced something influential in relation to digital communication. This is
not a simple question such as, When did I first send a text message Instead this type of essay
is an attempt at questioning/challenging/exploring how new technologies have changed or
impacted the ways in which you choose (or are forced) to communicate both orally and textually.
Like a memoir that narrates lived experiences, the digital literacy memoir does the same but with
a specific emphasis on reading and writing by way of digital means.
Like any memoir, the digital literacy memoir needs to contain at least the following: an
introduction to set the scene, a description of a primary complication or event, your evaluation of
that event, how that event played out, and how you are impacted today. Remember to focus on
the significance of the event(s) in your story to set the theme. Why did you choose this event
How have you changed because of this event What questions still remain
Some ideas to consider:
What was it like when you first encountered a new technology
What was it like when you first encountered a new way to express yourself
Did you ever miscommunicate because of a mishap with technology
The Rhetorical Situation:
Genre: Memoir/Literacy Narrative. Avoid outside sources. Dialogue between people or
with self is acceptable. Think in the direction of creative non fiction. First person is required.
The tone should be casual but intelligent. Slang should be used with specific purpose and intent.
While this is a personal narrative, it is still a university level essay
Audience: Aside from me, the instructor, consider your peers as a primary audience. They
have similar experiences with technology and social media. Write to them as well as to the
instructor. What do we know and not know What do we need to know for your story
Purpose: To explore an important encounter with digital communication/writing and
question/challenge why and how it has impacted how you write/communicate.
The Details :
Length: 900 1100 words.
Format: 12 point Times New Roman. Double Spacing. 1 inch margins.
Due Dates :
9/6: Rough draft for peer review (blackboard and in class copies)
9/15: Second draft uploaded to blackboard