Blog 6: Literacy Autobiography

In this extensive blog post, you will be applying concepts of design to tell your literacy story using text, images, sound, and video.

Literacy has often been defined as the ability to read and write, but as you have probably noticed in your own life and seen expressed in the Michael Wesch video from this week, “reading” and “writing” takes many forms–communication experts are well aware of this, and we measure literacy not only be alphabetic communication but by numeracy and document navigation as well.

In this assignment, I want you to think about some facet of your communication literacy and share your history in a 500-1,000 word blog post using text, image, sound, and video.

Because this might seem complicated, I have broken the assignment down into a few steps.

1. Select something that you can share in limited space and that will be interesting for an audience to read.  You should NOT tell your entire history with writing as that would take too long and might not be that interesting to an audience.  However, maybe you could tell your history with texting.  Or maybe talk about a journal you have kept since you were 12.  Maybe tell the story of your social circle and how that influenced (or hindered) your writing or reading.  Maybe focus on some part of your literacy that was expressed in Michael Wesch’s video–have you always resisted reading textbooks, for example?  Maybe your history of taking notes in class, and how it has helped (or not) your writing or learning? The goal is to tell some focused history about how you came to learn to read or write within a mode or media or in a particular rhetorical situation.

2. Find or create some images that reflect some part of your argument (and recognize that you are making an argument of sorts about literacy and how it is practiced in your life).  Maybe an image of how many texts you send a day, a picture of your journal, an image of what your class notes look like, or whatever seems relevant.  You can use images from the internet, but I would encourage you to use your own images (remember what Michael Champlin said about this).

3. Find or create a video that adds to your argument.  It can be short, like a minute, or you might choose to compose your entire literacy autobiography within this video, using text, image, and sound throughout to tell your story.


  • The blog post should have between 500 and 1,000 words, but if those words appeared in a video, that is acceptable as well.  You have to use at least one video and one image in addition to the text.


  • Blog post, Thursday night by midnight


  • Demonstrate practical knowledge of the concept “rhetorical situation,” through the abilities both to analyze and to write effectively in different kinds of situations.
  • Demonstrate the ability to produce writing that effectively provides evidence and reasoning for assertions, for audiences of educated readers.