My literacy experiences and growth from past to present. This board shows some of my stops along the way.
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In elementary school our teacher would take us outside when it was nice for our daily reading circle. She would read to us aloud and we would follow along in our copies of the book. I think this helped me to be able to flow more smoothly as I read. I had an understanding of punctuation before we really learned about it in depth.
Dr. Seuss was the most recognizable author to me at a young age. I loved his poetry, his rhymes combined with the pictures could always hold my attention. I find it strange that he does not like children. It upset me when I found this out, I was still pretty young. None the less Dr. Seuss is a well accomplished author.
My moods are effected by the seasons, also by the setting surrounding me. I find it extremely relaxing to read and write in a more soothing environment. Fresh air, the scent of spring, a light breeze and the sounds of nature seem to spike my creativity. Which is nice because I get writers block very easily.
I remember a program I did as a child through the local public library. They issued a list of books I had to read. Once all the books were read and my parents signed off that I read them, I recieved a gift bag from the library. It was exciting and I loved it. I earned book marks, pencils, stickers, even artificial tattoos. This was a great program to get children excited about books.
I feel that reading, writing and speaking are the three keys to communication. They go hand in hand and are extremely important. These three key components offer me so much on a daily basis. Not only do they serve the purpose of communicating, but they also allow me to learn. Learning helps me to better myself and my future.
Reading is a very important skill. It has helped my imagination grow over the years. It is also a very useful tool when it comes to learning. How would we study or find information if nobody could read. It would be a much different world.
As a child my parents would force me to sit down and read. They would pay me five dollars for every novel I read. They would first quiz me on the content of the book. At the time I hated reading, and being told what to do. I am now extremely thankful that my parents cared enough to think about what was really important to developing my skills as a child.
Journaling has been very important to me. Writing down my thoughts while they are fresh in my head is important. I can later come back and read what I have written. This allows me to clear my head and return at a later time get a more clear picture of what I was feeling or thinking. Its a tool that I use to change perspectives. I find it very healthy, and it's a great way to express myself.
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton was my favorite book that we read in middle school. It really captured my attention and I found it very interesting. It made me think of how lucky we are to live in the times that we do. S.E. Hinton was actually a woman, she used her initials and her last name as her writing name. She was concerned that if she used her first name people would not care to read her work. This inspired me and gave me a greater appreciation for the things we take for granted.
One of my earliest memories of writing was in the second grade. I won an award for the most creative short story in my grade. The piece was titled "The Shark and the Killer Whale". It was about a shark and a killer whale that fought one another but in the end became friends. I feel that this was an important part of my literacy background. It was the first time I felt that I had accomplished something through writing.
I chose this photo because this classroom has a very similar setup to my English class in high school. My teachers name was Mr. Tucker. He was quite an amazing English teacher. His methods kept the entire class interested and involved. Mr. Tucker is a huge part of my literacy experience. I never enjoyed English classes until I studied with Mr. Tucker.
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. My parents bought me the first book of this series. I ended up falling in love with it and quickly started burning through the series. This is the first series of books I ever completed. No other literature captured my attention in the same way Lemony Snicket did through his creative writing.
Meyzeek is where I studied during middle school. I have many memories and experiences of all aspects at this school. It was here I actually began to enjoy reading. I would find myself staying up late reading with a flashlight under the blankets so my parents wouldn't find out. Before I had always been forced to read at school or by my parents at home.
Some of my earliest childhood memories are of reading the scriptures with my family. We used to read a chapter a night before bed time. I feel that it was a huge literacy experience for me. It was the book my parents taught me to read with, and it's what i based the earlier years of my life around. It has taught me many lessons and is a huge part of the person I am today.