I love words. My mom always tells people that I “started talking at a young age and hasn’t stopped since.” From the time I was a nine month old baby exclaiming “see birdy!” to now, I have strung together many words to express my thoughts and opinions. In my early elementary school years, I was a big bookworm, fond of book series where I could follow the lives and journeys of characters and live vicariously through them, whether that be kids who rescued stray animals or brother and sister who explored the world in their time-traveling treehouse. By fourth grade, I had gravitated towards more mystical stories. Harry Potter was (and is) my all-time favorite series. In addition to reading, I dabbled in writing. My reading definitely influence my writing; I enjoyed modeling the styles of my …show more content…
In newspaper, I learned a lot of lessons. At the beginning of my journalism career, I always gravitated towards assignments that had nothing to do with writing. If there was a photo that needed to be taken, or a page that needed designing, I was the first to volunteer. It wasn’t until the second-to-last issue that something dreadful happened: I got assigned a story. Despite the fact that I knew I was good with words, I hated the thought of writing something that the whole school could potentially read. What if I wrote something that was incorrect? What if there were obvious spelling errors? I fretted about this for a while but begrudgingly went through with the assignment. In the end, it turned out fine and I produced a nice, well-written article. When the next, and last, issue’s stories were being assigned, I was less apprehensive—until I was told that I was going to be writing a column. Superficially, that doesn’t sound too bad, but let me tell you, it is. The thing about columns is there is no limit to what you can write about; anything is fair game. Expressing opinions is not only accepted, but encouraged. I had so many ideas of what to write. Picking one would be
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The history of my literacy has been a long road of a frustration and learned lessons. As a child, I was a bit of a loner so reading and writing were the closest thing to a social life for me. The things that I bottled up inside came out through my writing and it became somewhat of a pass time for me. As long I could remember literacy as has been an important value for me in my life because from very young age I got express my true self without being judged by the outside. Even though in my later years I would deal with some heartaches and set back that lead me to give up on my love for reading.
Throughout my academic career, I have read many books of all genres to get a feel of the literary world and to enhance my reading skills. Ever since I was a young girl, I recall always loving to read any book that I came across and spending my free time doing so. As I got older, my interest slightly decreased but I still enjoy reading fine pieces of literature. I have always preferred to read over write because there’s so much more to learn from other people’s experiences and getting to relate to it as I get deeper into a book. The main challenges I have faced in my literacy journey is being able to express my full thoughts when I write.
Literacy Autobiography Even though it isn’t my content area, I am a strong believer in the power of literature. This appreciation goes way back, in fact some of my earliest memories are those of my mom reading to my older sister and me every night before bed. We made our way through nearly all of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books by the time I started kindergarten.
My relationship with literacy has been a journey all on its own. From learning how to sound out letters and words, to reading my first sentence , I have developed quite a valuable foundation and platform, that will eventually guide me to success. I have had the pleasure of experiencing a love that just continues to blossom. A love that will never fail, nor will I fail it. This love that I speak of is my passion for reading, writing and literacy as a whole.
Attitude: My attitude after reading the first two chapters is not too bright. I've never been a good writer, I've always found it difficult to put my thoughts on a sheet of paper. I can't pick out the important details to include in my writing. I seem to think every detail is important and should be included. I feel like being required to take a composition course may affect my performance in accomplishing the course objectives by causing me more stress over the little things, which will make me more doubtful about my writing.
Throughout the term there has been many writing assignments —big or small— that helped reflect my writing process or the process itself. In the beginning of the course I felt like I was an “ok” writer, but lacked some skills such as: organization, sentence variety, and vocabulary. Also, I did not like to write and had a feeling of dislike when forced to write. I felt like I improved on everything I wanted and was seen throughout the semester. I know how to organize my ideas, the worksheets given in class to work on sentence variety really helped, and vocabulary was built on some level.
In my opinion I haven 't changed that much. I feel that I have become more mature in life in general and in my writing and language. I also think that my personality has changed a little but not very much. I have tried to start helping people more were at the beginning of the year I didn 't help very many people because I didn 't know very many people. I have also improved a lot.
For as long as I can remember, I have loved reading. Fiction, non-fiction, biographies, it does not matter to me. I remember my mom trying to teach me how to read when I was only three years old. I started off reading small Dr. Seuss books, and then with age it was on to interesting newspaper articles and entertaining novels. One of my all-time favorite books when I was a child was Junie B. Jones.
My situation was similar to the story of How Reading Changed My Life, by Anna Quindlen. In the story, the author gave a self-reflection on her passion and progression as a reader. Anna was a disconnected child that was loved reading books. Anna genuinely loved reading books for the sake of doing it and she enjoyed it.
In the beginning of this writing course, my knowledge toward this subject was not too strong. However, I have gained not only a significant amount of learning material, but also a new found pleasure for writing and grammar. I learned how to communicate with clarity and precision, and also how to make decisions (grammar, diction and word choice) appropriate to situation and audience. In the beginning of this course with having to do project one, I did not know what was expected of the teacher so I did it how I thought it was going sound right and “look” good. Little did I know that my essay did not follow the guidelines and that I was not good at describing things like I assumed, I was.
I have always loved to read books. From an early age I began reading all sorts of books from Juny B. Jones, Alice in Wonderland, and Charlotte's Web. These are the books that always had me wanting more. Reading and writing for me when I was younger became my escape and has helped me throughout my academics. I felt that reading was the only way I could be alone or visit a new world.
It was two weeks after the day my High school English IV teacher had given the class a 10 page essay assignment to complete, it was that day that I discovered something new about my writing skills and what I was capable of. As zealous and fanatical as I was, I was ready to start this paper especially knowing how important this was for me and how this would reflect on me. I put in time, effort and at least 29 hours into this essay on civil rights. This is best exemplified by letting it be aware how stressed out I was while finishing this essay not having much time for many things, juggling a job and other classes I somehow still managed to get it done and assuredly be satisfied with it. Overall i would still have to admit the main problem I had was starting off with an intro and staying on topic and trying to remember not to repeat the same things over and over.