Create an essay, between 500 and 1,000 words, that illustrates your perspective on learning by telling a true story from your experience. Your learning narrative should be aimed at a general audience. Assume that your readers are interested in your ideas about learning, and are hoping to read an engaging, personal, thought-provoking essay.
You may choose from many acceptable approaches to this assignment, including:
- Telling a story about a particular time that you learned an important lesson
- Describing a relationship you had with an important teacher or mentor
- Discussing an experience in which you overcame significant challenges to learning
- Developing an analogy, metaphor, or allegory that illustrates your beliefs about learning
Whatever approach you choose, remember that your goal is to teach your readers about your experiences with learning. Keep the focus on your own experiences and ideas, while also telling a story. If you would like, you may emulate some of the development strategies used by David Sedaris, Malcolm X, and Plato. In addition to development, your assignment should show signs of revision, editing, and proofreading.
Remember that you may use any of the material from your Writer’s Journal as a starting point for this assignment.
When you submit this assignment, include a brief cover letter (no more than 300 words) that answers the following questions:
- What is your purpose in this assignment? What is it you are trying to do or say in this piece of writing?
- What are you proud of about this assignment?
- What challenges did you face while completing this assignment?
- What sorts of feedback do you want from your instructor on this assignment?