One activity for teaching students how to narrow their topics for a Literacy Narrative Essay is to help them define what a literacy experience is. The "Learning a New Skill Exercise" is designed to help students narrow their general personal experience into specific experiences that may be related to Literacy.
For this activity you will ask students to think and write about an experience they have had when they felt they became proficient in a new skill. The exercise should lead to the idea that literacy is like gaining a new skill. It should also lead to the idea that in order to feel proficient at anything, we need to know the language associated with that skill.