For Writing Project #4, you must complete a research essay in which you produce a
narrative about your own experience with acquiring literacy in a specific and/or unique
culture. Within this narrative, you must also write about the texts that are significant in
your experience with acquiring, understanding and participating in literacy practices in the
specific and/or unique culture. This essay must be research-based and include at least
FIVE (5) peer-reviewed journal articles that deal with your chosen literacy. This essay
should also focus on your own learning process and the insight that comes from reflecting
upon your acquisition of literacy in terms of reading, writing, critically thinking as well as
the textual sources that inform your learning process within this specific culture.
Essentially, some questions you may want to ask yourself in writing this essay are:
1 – How did you come across this particular culture?
2 – How did you acquire literacy within this culture?
3 – How did you begin to understand how to read and/or write within this culture?
4 – What are the significant texts that were influential in you acquiring literacy within this
culture? Describe what these texts are about in your own words.
5 – How did you find these texts? Did someone point them out to you, or did you discover
them on your own? Why are they so significant to gaining literacy in your specific
6 – What are the triumphs and failures involved in learning how to read, write, speak and
critically think when it comes to the “formal English language” in comparison to the
culture you’ve chosen?
7 – What are the potential difficulties of acquiring Standard American English either
before, during or after acquiring another language within the culture you’re writing