Literacy Narrative Pt. 3 reflection

I believe that this entire literacy narrative project has helped me meet the following learning outcomes: “Rhetorical Composition”, “Critical Thinking”, “Writing as a process”, and “Visual thinking”. First, this project forced me to use rhetorical composition as I had to illustrate the same idea if different mediums such as an alphabetical text and a comic. I learned how to tell a story through words and pictures which forced me to really know what story I was trying to tell so it would be consistent. In terms of critical thinking, I was able to use techniques that I had seen in graphic novels and learned about in class when creating each part of my literacy narrative. Through writing as a process, I learned that my work required multiple drafts and a lot of prior brainstorming before writing my text. This was very valuable because for my first literacy narrative I didn’t really brainstorm much before writing, this caused the the essay I wrote to be slightly disorganized. For the second part of the literacy narrative, I created a draft and got feedback which really helped my vision of the comic I was making. I was able to use visual thinking when brainstorming what I wanted to draw or write. This visual thinking really helped me with organization of ideas as well as I could map out what I wanted to create before starting to create it.

When I returned to my alphabetic literacy narrative after creating my comic, I realized that the two narratives didn’t line up. In the alphabetic version, I was talking about how I learned to love reading again, which is true, but I ended the essay with a negative tone towards technology which wasn’t accurate. In my comic, I show the difference between my past, which has no technology, to my present life, that includes a lot of technology. The comic version of the literacy narrative was a lot more accurate towards my relationship with books and technology. To fix this inconsistency, I went back to my alphabetic narrative and changed the ending if my essay to show that I now use more technology, but that isn’t exactly a bad thing. 

Overall, I don’t see the story I was trying to tell any different. I always wanted to portray the fact that I grew into a world of technology and took advantage of that. In my alphabetic narrative, however, I made it seem like I was against the use of technology. I found that the second part of the narrative was a lot more accurate at showing my ideas. I used the part two as a guideline of how I could edit my alphabetic narrative to fit what I actually meant to say in the first place. After this process was over, I felt a lot more confident that I was able to tell the story that I had originally thought of in my head.

Anatomy of a Writer

I chose to use a person as my diagram as I thought it was a creative way to apply the learning outcomes and what we did in the class into a diagram. In the diagram I chose certain parts of the body to represent each learning outcome and tried to match the body part based on the words used in the learning outcome. For example, Digital “Identity” is found in the fingertips because on each persons fingertip they have a special pattern that represents their identity. “Writing” as a Process is found in the hand because we use our hands to write, etc.

Literacy Narrative pt. 2 reflection

Creating this part of my literacy narrative was a huge change from having to just write my thoughts out on paper. In this part of the literacy narrative project, I was able to express my thoughts in a visual manor by drawing out comic panels. I found this much easier to do rather than write everything down as I am a visual learner, meaning when I formulate ideas in my head they are almost always presented as pictures. From there I normally would have to translate those images to words to complete what ever assignment I am writing. For this assignment, however, I was just able to draw what I originally imagined in my head, which made the process of brainstorming and organizing my ideas a lot less strenuous. I didn’t have to spend excess time making sure what I was writing lines up with the idea I had in my head, I could just let my thoughts flow. 

Drawing out my literacy narrative in comic form made me realize that in the alphabetical form, my tone is a lot more aggressive towards technology than I want it to be. I found that in the comic literacy narrative, I was able to show that there are pros and cons for both a life with and without technology. In the alphabetical version, however, I seem to favor the life without technology which is not the intention I wanted to give. Due to this realization, I have plans to go back to the original literacy narrative and edit it to make it highlight the pros and cons of technology.

One of the biggest choices I made when creating this comic was to only use pencil. I knew from the beginning I didn’t want to use color as I had chosen a very simplistic style of drawing and using color would have taken away from that style. Originally, I wanted to outline all the lines with pen, to make the lines much bolder and easier to see. In the final product, however, I did not end up outlining anything with pen. This is because I began to use the technique of shading in some of the comic panels. I thought that if I used pen to outline the drawings it would take away some of the depth that the shading creates. In the final product, it is somewhat hard to see the shading as the scanner did not pick it up very well (it’s easiest to see on page 3). 

When writing drawing out this comic, I was able to practice some of the learning outcomes we discussed as a class. Two of the ones I found the most prevalent for this project was “Visual Thinking” and “Writing as Process”. I noticed myself using visual thinking when I was planning out how to arrange my comic. This really helped with organization of my ideas and let me spend less time brain storming and more time creating. I found myself using “writing as process” during this assignment as I went through multiple drafts of my comics. Each time I made a draft I got peer feedback witch allowed me to improve on my project.

Her Journey



was, in a word,


I really enjoyed making this assignment. I will admit, it took me way longer than I expected for me to actually complete the assignment but once I had finished I was proud of what I made. I started off with 3 separate double sided pages and I was really struggling to find words on a page that flowed well. Each day I would look at one of the pages back and front and try to come up with an idea. After 3 days, I had read through all the papers and hadn’t had a clue what I was going to do.

This all changed when I stopped looking at the assignment as a sort of puzzle, trying to fit pieces together to make up a big picture, but rather a journey, where you follow one word to another. Once I mentally made that decision, I had a much easier time finding the words on the page I wanted to use. From there, I knew exactly what I wanted to draw, a pathway. For one, this pathway symbolizes “her” journey in my story, but it also symbolizes the journey I took to string the words together on the page. From there I added other designs to the page to fill up some of the empty space and finally was able to conquer this assignment!

4 Easy Steps

For this comic, I had a really hard time trying to come up with something to draw. Compared to the triptych comic we did two weeks ago, this felt like it took a lot more time to brainstorm. I think this was because I wasn’t very confident in my drawing ability and I didn’t want to draw something that didn’t make sense. It felt weird having to have a story arch that had to stretch across four panels rather than one. Eventually, I decided to do the origami swan because it was easy for me to draw and I thought it had a comical storyline because it seems so simple to fold a swan but in reality it’s really hard.

Allstate, what’s in your wallet? Erm, I mean bag…

Sunday Sketch #6

Laptop: I carry this one around incase I get bored and want to watch youtube in my classes… In all seriousness, however, my laptop is probably my most important tool I keep in my bag. I use it everyday to do schoolwork, homework, etc. Without this, I would really struggle to get through my day.

Notebook: My notebook is full of messy notes and messier doodles. The contents of my notebook represent what I’ve learned so far at Emory. Without it, I would have a really hard time studying for my bio tests…

Pens/Pencils: For someone who has really messy handwriting, it seems like I have a lot of writing utensils. Although I don’t use my pen/pencil as much as I used to in high school, I still like to carry them around as it makes me feel prepared.

Cough Drops: You never know when you’re going to need a cough drop. That’s my whole reasoning.

Chapstick: Nobody likes chapped lips. Just take a tube of it wherever you go.

Water Bottle: “Hydrate or Die-drate”, that’s something my swim coach always used to tell me. I always make sure I carry around my water bottle now as drinking water is effective at washing out toxins and other bad things in your body. Plus, nothing tastes better than a cold, crisp sip of water!

Snacks: Keeping up those calories! I always try to make sure I carry around snacks because I know that I lose concentration when I’m hungry

Phone Charger: Probably my most important item… I always keep a spare phone charger in my bag because it seems that my phone always dies at the worst times, so, keeping a phone charger is a simple solution to combat that!

When looking at the contents of my bag, I really do think that it reflects who I am as a person. I try not to carry anything that’s unnecessary, mostly because it would just make my bag heavier. When creating the actual image, I decided to separate the picture of the bag from the contents because when I originally laid out the bag next to contents of the bag, the image became very messy. The most challenging part of this assignment was laying out my stuff in a way that looked aesthetically pleasing.

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