Our next more formal piece of writing in this class is the "Flash Mentor Text Memoir." To that end, I've asked you to read Ray Bradbury's piece "Take Me Home" (Available on our class syllabus as well as here). I see this as an example of the sort of writing that you will need to do for this assignment.
Bradbury locates how he became the writer he is by writing about his reading experiences as a young man. Essentially, your job in your own mentor text memoir is to identify one or two key reading moments in your life--good or bad--that has shaped you as the reader and perhaps writer you are today. You might reflect on a very visceral reading moment from school or home life. You might focus on an author. You might focus on a single text.
We are not all Ray Bradbury, and I have no expectations that we have his story to tell. Whatever story you have to tell is the right one. You might think back to the short essay we read at the start of the semester,
Where I Learned to Read" by Salvatore Scibona (you can read it again here). That is another version of a piece of flash nonfiction that explores the effects of reading and literacy on an individual's life.
The point of the "Flash Mentor Text Memoir" assignment is to prepare us for the Book Club Assignment, to think about, as we've been doing all semester long, how our own personal experiences influence what we will eventually do in the classroom, and it's a way to remember how and why we got into the business of teaching reading and writing. Book Club will study theories of reading and how they connect with theories of writing. This short assignment will ground theory in our own lived experiences as readers.
WHAT TO POST FIRST
This is a place to START this work. In 200 to 500 words, what has been a "mentor text" experience for you? This doesn't have to be pretty. It's the equivalent of like an in-class writing.
ONCE YOU'VE POSTED YOUR 200 TO 500 WORDS
Read what your classmates are writing. Respond to at least two people in our class by telling them what you life about their story and what you'd want to hear more about. There is no word count for this. This is like a mini-workshop--you are helping each other hone in on what is most interesting about what each other is writing. There is no real need to post about my contribution since I won't be revising this into the full assignment.
Please POST and REPLY no later than class time on 21 OCTOBER 2019. See you then.