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.
After reading Stephen King's essay "Reading to Write" (72) it opened my eyes for writing. Although being a professional novelist isn't a goal I want to pursue in my life, writing is something I will need to learn how to do with good form. When it comes to the writing department, it's not one of my best skills. King says, "Good writing, teaches the learning writer about style, graceful narration, plot development, the creation of believable characters, and truth-telling" (73). I will try my best to become a good writer.
I am currently a teenager whose writing has developed significantly over the past few years. In fact, my writing was absolutely shocking when I was younger; it was only recently that it has improved. From about year 6, I noticed that my writing was not very good, especially when I found out the importance of using punctuation. Yes, I did not use commas AT ALL. Also, my vocabulary choices were practically always informal, and I was never able to judiciously incorporate effective language into my sentences.
But that confidence soon began to subside. In elementary school, we would have an annual test that determined whether a student can be placed in an advance or tutorial reading class, and every year I would be placed into the advance reading courses, so when it came time to take the test, I knew there wasn’t anything for me to worry about. And even though my score was one of the highest in the class, I still ended up in a reading tutorial class. I was a little taken aback by it, but it didn’t stop me from my love of reading and writing and plus I could switch out of those classes is I showed improvement. So I did my best to try and show that I didn’t need the extra help like some others did, but all my hard work went in vain
But, as I look back into my steps of learning literacy it came to mind how difficult writing essays were. The biggest piece of the puzzle is to not be afraid to express my opinions and feelings through writing. Sometimes my teachers would encourage me and suggest how we can express ourselves by free writing. This simple technique helped us to express ourselves and we become open to our feelings through
Serving the Audience Lazy, entitled, and narcissistic are just some of many cataloged adjectives used to describe the most recent generation of students. Clive Thompson, a well-credentialed journalist, makes a casual attempt at removing these damaging preconceived views that the young people of today face and challenge daily. However, the succinctness of his piece, “On the New Literacy,” allows the writing to unravel quickly, pulling apart at both ends by committing logical faux pas. Thompson pleads his case based on the study of a Stanford University professor of writing, Andrea Lunsford, titled “The Stanford Study of Writing.”
This assignment was one of the hardest paper we had to do in our quarter because, we had complete freedom on how we wanted to develop our topic. During the peer review I found out that I had done the assignment wrong and didn 't have a clear idea of what I wanted to project in my paper. I took a moment to decide what I wanted to say and started to change and remove sentences that weren 't necessary. On my first draft of my Literacy Narrative I made negative statements about my writing, which wasn 't the purpose of the assignment. After some time, I finally decided to write about my growth in writing and how I found another outlet for my creativity and where I consider myself to be good at.
Literacy Narrative Summer 2014 I had three summer reading assignments to complete before the upcoming school year. Pride and Prejudice, Their Eyes Were Watching God, and Frankenstein. I’m thinking to myself I can definitely knock these assignments by the time school starts. I started off reading Their Eyes were watching God. “Good story so far” I thought to myself.
My choice in words always tend to make my assignments sound unripe. I agree in my past that i have been lazy when writing and reading that was before i realized my child like writing would not get me far in ninth grade. All of This has lead me to receving grades that i knew i could do much better than. Constantly being discouraged about my grades in english, I
Throughout the years I have realized that reading has changed my writing skills. From my earlier years to solely writing what my teacher would want, to now actually putting my own point of view and how I feel into my writing. It’s the same as when I am reading a book and I put
There are eight points that are important on chapter 8. Such as, Literacy begins; play, language, and literate behavior: A natural partnership; fostering literate behaviors; Honoring the importance of literate behaviors; languages and literacy learning in the primary grades: The motivation power; Dynamic approaches to promoting literacy through play.
When most people tend to think of being literate they think of being able to read and write. Until last week I thought the exact thing. I learned that being literate was not is not just reading and writing. It is a plethora of things that you can be literate in. My literacy is a thing that I have been doing for a long time.
Robert Mendez from Anita Merina article “Literacy: A Family Affair” had the same guilt of not knowing how to read. “Literacy is more than learning to read. It’s getting rid of the luggage of guilt and shame. It’s realizing you’re opening doors” Robert says (9). Robert had the same motivation as Malcolm X. They accomplished their goal in a different heuristic because they were in different environment. Robert took part in a literacy program and had tutor to help him read. Malcolm X was constraint to getting help to read but he use his own heuristics to learn how to
It gave me the ability to get in touch with my inner thoughts. As little kids, we would draw scribbles with pen and paper, and around the age five or six, we start to learn how to read and write letters. As a child, I never thought about the importance of writing. It never crossed my mind that I was learning something that will greatly affect me in the future.
Literacy Journey My literacy journey starts before I could read. When I was in preschool I have memories of my mom and two older brothers reading to me. I remember reading during that time were The Emperor's New Clothes specifically by my brothers, Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, and Where the Wild Things are by my mom that was one of her favorites as a child. My parents were not avid readers but encouraged relatives to give us books instead of toys.