All throughout middle school when we were assigned to read a novel I would dread it. My perspective of reading for enjoyment soon changed when I was in eighth grade. Mrs. Benavides, my eighth grade language arts teacher, assigned our class to read The Outsiders, and I coursed I was complained in my head, I don’t want to read (actually pretend to read and then use Sparknotes) another lame book. The first day we got the book we were all told to read chapters 1 through 3, and this time all of the kids in my class complained and I wasn’t the only one. So, there I was at home in front of my computer typing in “the outsiders by S.E Hinton”, into Google, and the top search that popped up was a link to the movie on Youtube.
At the age of six, I graduated grade R and commenced grade one at Central Secondary School. My first year of school was unpleasant. I struggled with regards to spelling my surname correctly even though my grandmother drilled that technique in thoroughly. She would say: “Lebo just break it into syllables, MO-AT-SHE, it has three syllables”, and I still could not get it right. My cousin, Motheo Moatshe, would be the only one who was able to read and spell profoundly.
It began when as punishment for the deed he had to, “...Come over [to Mrs. Dubose’s house] every afternoon after school and read to her out loud for two hours”(Lee 121). This seemed like torture to Jem, who whined and complained to Atticus, but he eventually submitted. As Jem read, Mrs. Dubose seemed to be trying to teach him new words, according to Scout, who said, “When Jem came to a word he didn’t know, he skipped it, but Mrs. Dubose would catch him and make him spell it out”(Lee 122). Jem seemed to be unaware of this, but he must have learned new words and their meanings from this experience. However, he was mainly focused on how ghastly the old woman appeared.
I started off certain classes like geometry or spanish with no clue what I was doing and even a few bad grades in the beginning. Specifically, I failed my first geometry test with a 54 in ninth grade and that did not sit well with me and from then on Mrs. Brown took the time out her own schedule and stayed after to
The Harry Potter series have been an interesting series for me ever since I have enrolled in Professor Fox’s class. I personally have not read any of the Harry Potter series during my childhood, but once I have enrolled in Professor Fox’s class I have recently just finished Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Throughout my readings of these two books I have had many observations on certain aspects of the story that I would not have noticed when I was younger. These three aspects that I can’t imagine as a child noticing is how the Dursleys abused Harry, the stance on gender, and prejudgement based on appearance. In the first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry first lives his life as a muggle not knowing anything about
If I spoke to you it would all be in Spanish. I guess if you were to ask my old elementary teachers they would tell you that I didn’t know how to speak till I was in 3rd. and even then didn’t speak it all too well. I remember coming home bawling to my parents and telling them that I didn’t want to go to school because I didn’t understand the other kids. Teachers would take time with me and teach me the simple things that you learned when you
Plagiarism I first learned about plagiarism in my sixth grade class. The only reason this topic was covered is because a few of my classmates and I plagiarized our research papers. When we had a research paper assigned and I taught I would just do it the easy was so I just copy and pasted an article from Wikipedia and turned it in as my own work, I didn’t even change words or phrases around. I knew what I was doing is wrong but I just didn’t think my teacher would notice. So yes I can say I knew what plagiarism was but back then in elementary school we just used a different term for it; cheating.
I arrived in this country thinking I was going to be in the most challenging classes and be at the top but reality smacked me in the face the first day I entered eighth grade. To my disadvantage the counselors did not care about my previous grades in Puerto Rico. Seeing that my parents were only able to speak Spanish, the school deduced my English was not well-developed enough and consequently I was placed in English-language learner (ELL) classes. After testing me in reading, writing, and hearing I was
During grade 11, I had my first experience of racism. Unfortunately, this event lasted for one semester. A math teacher, who I still remember the name of, treated me so badly that it forced me to get my parents involved and eventually transfer out of the class. Approximately 3 years ago, I was assigned to a math class with a newly hired teacher. Initially, I thought the teacher was very kind to the class and even offered after school tutoring to anyone that needed it.
I had been homeschooled my entire school career, but after a lot of failing tests and crying, my mom decided it would be best if I tried public school. I was not into the idea at all. I thought that those public school kids would destroy me, they knew so much more than I did, (Not true) and had so much more social experience (Also not true). I had been going to church activities for my entire life, and my parents made it a point to sign me up for weekend painting camps, and classes at the rec center. Yet it was nothing compared to the 6+ hours these kids have been at school every day.
Douglass lives in Hugh Auld’s household for about seven years. During this time, he is able to learn how to read and write, from his mistress Mrs. Auld, who no longer taught him, for how cruel she became. Douglass had already learned the alphabet and was determined to learn how to read and write. When he was twelve, Douglass reads a book called The Columbian Orator, which was about a master and a slave. The book helps Douglass to fully understands slavery, and grows to have so much hatred towards it.