In the text "Why I Read" by John Dufresne, I learned that reading opens up new worlds to an individual. Reading allows one to learn new things and to become a more knowledgeable and understanding person. It is much easier to be more understanding of people and their actions when you have more knowledge to be able to understand. The reading from my past that I most identify with is "Hatchet" by Gary Paulsen. This novel taught me that when times are tough and the odds are against you, perseverance and ingenuity are the key to success.
Although it was a moment of great delight for us, lack of knowledge due to disinterest in reading remained a concern throughout the competition. During the final round, I realized that we were far from winning this competition due to our incompetence in History. Unable to cope with the level of questions, we lost this competition by a margin of just four points. It was a nail-biting test, which wrapped our hopes of winning the title. Had I loved reading texts, we would have won this prestigious competition for our school. Knowing it wasn’t our best shot; we realized the value of reading and writing in an individual’s life. This event instigated me to pursue reading for gaining proficiency in every aspect of life.
Becoming literate will give me the opportunity to give back to my family. I could then let her know that I appreciate her sacrifices that held our family together. Like Sherman Alexie who gave back by visiting schools to teach Indian students creative writing, as mentioned in “The Joy of Reading and Writing: Superman and Me,” I too wanted to give back but in a different way. I figured that by becoming literate and educated, I would be able to help my mother support the family. Thus, making life easier for us, maybe she would have the opportunity to quit one of her jobs. I would never be able to achieve this goal, or success, without reading and
During my years as an adolescent, especially my time in elementary and junior high school, I have experienced a lot of sentiment towards my literacy development and use. Some of these significant memories have spurred me to become who I am today and some have dejected me throughout my years as a young adult. Predominantly, my school, and social surroundings have either shaped or deteriorated me. Past events in my life have led me to use language as a tool of power and communication. And others have degraded my literacy development long-term.
Literacy was a concept I thought of strictly in academics and writing due to my background in school, but my understanding of its various forms helped me to positively change my friend’s life. As the years have passed, I have learned to appreciate my ability to understand different literacies. What I once thought made me two-faced, I see as a means for me to become a well-rounded
This was obvious to me even at a young age, especially when I preferred to read Japanese Manga (comics) rather than watching Anime (cartoons.) I’m not entirely sure why this is, but my best guess is that I prefer the sensation I get from imagining rather than watching. When I read, I feel like the author is directing the characters and story but the rest is up to me. Sadly, I don’t have the time to read as much as I did in middle school in high school. I look back fondly at those times where I took regular trips to the library and the bookstore with my mom. Nowadays it’s harder to read for pleasure when I need juggle school, work, clubs, internships, volunteering and
I 've learned that reading and writing can take me any where I want it to go. I can explore my mind to go anywhere by imagination, by reading and writing.However,My reading and writing experience since I was a kid until now I still having a difficulty.
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. I would always come back to my real first love.
I was never truly an avid reader when I was younger. I was the oldest of five siblings and left in charge of taking care of my younger brothers and sister. I was more prone to spending time outside than reading a book. Of course, I did find myself enjoying a good mystery novel, but playing ball would always trump even a good book. All through school, I would find myself actively participating in one sport to another. I loved being active and thinking only of what I wanted to do. Life has a way of becoming a reality. The choices I made during my younger years have followed me to my current years. The busyness of work, family, and children have restricted my own freedom of time. Reading has become my favorite way of personal freedom without having to leave home. My favorite author at this present time is Beth Moore. She meticulously portrays God’s word and opened my eyes to the strength and power of God’s word for me today. God created me and has a specific purpose for me to fulfill. In order to begin this process, I need to accept and believe in
We can all agree that majority our lives have been committed to school, and some may say it had been terrible for them. Waking up early before the sun rises, seeing random people that may cause problems just because of their social status, or having strict teachers that have no care for their students who are unable to understand lessons and enforcing them with the threat of an F. But for others some would say it was an okay experience, they did not mind the time school started, got along with others and were average students who did well. However, everyone has questioned their education, which by how would they possibly ever use it when it comes to the outside world in which school has no control of. Since the time when our own parents went
Since I was young, I have been passionate about lending a hand, to a person I felt needed support and this passion helped shape what my future may hold. An event happened that has been instrumental in developing my character and guiding my choices ever since. It was a late summer night and it was almost midnight when my soccer game ended, After the game, I ran into the washroom because I was dying to ease myself. I took an excessive time and missed my ride home; they must have thought I had another ride home. My situation made me become bewildered at what to do next then, I thought to myself on giving my mother a call. My bag was by my side so I reached into my bag for my phone and tried turning it on but, it was unresponsive so I figured my phone battery was dead.
In the novel Johnny Tremain, we follow the life of a young boy named Johnny. He lives in Boston in the midst of the revolution during the 1770’s. This book was published by Esther Forbes in 1943, at the height of World War II. The novel Johnny Tremain is about a young boy named Johnny living in colonial Boston during the 1770s. This book portrays Johnny’s life during the beginning of the revolution. He is a young and cocky silversmith, but gets into an accident where he cannot do metal work anymore. When he has the accident, he decides that it was time to branch out and not just stay in the silversmith’s house and sulk. So, on his journeys, he finds a printing company called The Boston Observer. He meets a boy named Rab, and stays with Rab and his family, the Lorne’s.
Books opened my eyes to enthralling revelations at a young age. They gave me solace in my times of worry and melancholy. Especially where the lost protagonist overcame her obstacles and fought her fears. I could always relate to such struggles. I understood what it meant to feel diminutive and powerless. But I couldn 't relate anymore when the character would transform into something unique. Defying the odds. As a child, I had struggled to believe in myself and capabilities.
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. After I revised my work, I decided to cut the
During my elementary years, I don’t recall being interested in reading, but I do remember the first time I fell in love with it. I was in my 7th-grade reading class. I just completed a quiz when my teacher realized that I had nothing to do after. She offered me a book that I will remember for the rest of my life because it is the book that basically started my reading journey. It was called Tears of a Tiger by Sharon Draper, I loved the book so much that I read the whole entire series. When I first met someone who didn’t like the book I was beyond shocked. Right at that moment, I realized that reading has its own effects on me. Reading has changed my writing skills, it has improved my knowledge and lastly, it has helped me manage my stress while going through hard times. Without reading I wouldn’t be the person that I am today.