English 881/781: Narrative Inquiry — Course Story (Fall 2021)

Literacy Narratives

Chapter 1 – The Story Begins
Aug. 23 Monday

  • Six-Word Memoirs
  • Assignment: Read Chapter 2 – Literacy Narrative Required Materials

Chapter 2 – Stories of Literacy
Aug. 30 Monday

  • Due: Reading of Chapter 2 – Literacy Narrative Required Materials
  • Assignment 1: Read Chapter 4 – Teaching Literacy Narratives Required Materials
  • Assignment 2: Begin writing your Literacy Narrative First Draft
  • Assignment 3: Work on identifying a family member to interview

Chapter 3 – Labor Day Holiday
Sep. 6 Monday

  • NO CLASS MEETING

Chapter 4 – Teaching Literacy Narratives
Sep. 13 Monday

  • Due: Reading of Chapter 4 – Teaching Literacy Narratives Required Materials
  • Assignment: Continue working on your Literacy Narrative First Draft
  • DUE: Email your Literacy Narrative First Draft to your Story Reading Group by Friday Sep. 17

Chapter 5 – Story Reading Groups (Literacy Narrative Peer Review)
Sep. 20 Monday

  • For this class session we will not meet in the classroom; instead, you will meet in your Story Reading Group
  • You may meet in person or via zoom at a time convenient for all group members
  • Assignment 1: Read Chapter 6 – Family Stories Required Materials
  • Assignment 2: Revise Literacy Narrative First Draft

Family Stories

Chapter 6 – Family Stories
Sep. 27 Monday

  • DUE: Revised Literacy Narrative
  • Due: Reading of Chapter 6 – Family Stories Required Materials
  • Assignment 1: Chapter 7 – Truth, Trauma, and the Power of Telling Required Materials
  • Assignment 2: Begin writing your Family Story First Draft

Chapter 7 – Truth, Trauma, and the Power of Telling
Oct. 4 Monday

  • Due: Reading of Chapter 7 – Truth, Trauma, and the Power of Telling Required Materials
  • Assignment: Continue working on your Family Story First Draft
  • DUE: Email your Family Story First Draft to your Story Reading Group by Friday Oct. 8

Chapter 8 – Story Reading Groups (Family Story Peer Review)
Oct. 11 Monday

  • For this class session we will not meet in the classroom; instead, you will meet in your Story Reading Group
  • You may meet in person or via zoom at a time convenient for all group members
  • Assignment: Read Chapter 9 – School Stories Required Materials

School Stories and Language Legends 

Chapter 9 – School Stories
Oct. 18 Monday

  • DUE: Revised Family Story
  • Due: Reading of Chapter 9 – School Stories Required Materials
  • Assignment 1: Read Chapter 10 – Language Legends Required Materials
  • Assignment 2: Begin writing your School Story/Language Legend First Draft

Chapter 10 – Language Legends
Oct. 25 Monday

  • Due: Reading of Chapter 10 – Language Legends Required Materials
  • Assignment: Continue working on your School Story/Language Legend First Draft
  • DUE: Email your School Story/Language Legend First Draft to your Story Reading Group by Friday Oct. 29

Chapter 11 – Story Reading Groups (School Stories/Language Legends Peer Review)
Nov. 1 Monday

  • For this class session we will not meet in the classroom; instead, you will meet in your Story Reading Group
  • You may meet in person or via zoom at a time convenient for all group members
  • Assignment: Work on revising your School Story/Language Legend
  • DUE: Email your School Story/Language Legend Revised Draft to Dr. Pagnucci by Wednesday Nov. 3

Chapter 12 – Conferences about School Stories/Language Legends with Dr. Pagnucci
Nov. 8 Monday

  • Meet with Dr. Pagnucci one-on-one in person or via zoom to discuss your School Story/Language Legend Revised Draft

Living a Narrative Life

Chapter 13 – The Big Fish Feast
Nov. 15 Monday

  • Watch Big Fish

Chapter 14 – Thanksgiving Holiday
Nov. 22 Monday

  • Holiday
  • No Class Meeting

Chapter 15 – Reading The Book of Stories
Nov. 29 Monday

  • Due: First Draft of your Book of Stories
  • Discussion of Big Fish
  • Overview of final requirements for The Book of Stories
  • This meeting serves as the final culminating activity for ENGL 781/881

Chapter 16 – The End of the Story (for now)
Dec. 6 Monday

  • No Class Meeting

Chapter 17 – Live a Narrative Life
Dec. 13 Monday

  • DUE: Final Draft of The Book of Stories
    • To make sure everyone has plenty of writing time and is able to work around other course deadlines, I have extended the deadline for your Book of Stories to Dec. 13
    • Your Book of Stories must be uploaded to D2L by the end of the day
  • Finish your book and then spend some time with a friend making a new story