Literary Influence On Literacy

Literacy, the ability to read and write, and the overall structure to learning any type of information. Literacy is something that can be funded in newspapers, the internet, television, books, and many other resources. It is something so active and diverse and is constantly being influenced by different source materials and situations. Being able to define and find strong points of literacy within is sometimes difficult. The best way to tackle this question is to find out who is one’s main literary sponsors. Literary sponsors are defined as “a term coined by Deborah Brandt to describe people, ideas, or institutions that help others become literate in specific ways” (Brandt 47). Literacy was taught to me at a very young age by my mother, teachers, …show more content…
My mother has been my literary sponsor throughout my life. I remember the times my mom would make me read books and later on have me write and summarize the book. She would also make me notecards of tough vocabulary words and have me memorize and spell each word. She helped me learn many aspects of literacy such as vocabulary, spelling, grammar and much more. As Erika J. Petersen explains in her article, Past Experiences and Future Attitudes in Literacy, “… It 's apparent that past experiences with learning literacy appeared to play a role in these people’s future attitudes toward reading and writing and that praise continues to change your attitudes throughout your entire learning experience” (Petersen 197). My mother always supported and praised me to do my best. She set the foundation to my literacy skills at a young age and I am very thankful to …show more content…
I didn’t have a computer or any digital technologies that I have today. I got my first computer during middle school and before that I had always used my favorite pencil and paper. Every day I would come back from school and start writing in my journal. I would talk about all the experiences and adventures I encountered in school that day. My journal was very precious to me because I enjoyed writing about my day or what my goals were at the time. As I grew older, I started to dislike reading because it just seemed boring to me to read the books or novels we had to read in school. Although, I did enjoy to read my own personal books that I checked out from the library, reading was just something I didn’t have much interest for as I did for writing. I greatly enjoyed writing. Most of the writing I have done, whether it be academic or informal, has always had a touch of a personal experience and emotion. I have loved the feeling of calculating thoughts and getting them down on paper. It seemed to be something that could flow generously from my mind. This relates to the article Writing What Matters, by Emily Strasser. She states “… students do need to learn the mechanics of writing, yet without the personal, emotional, and the exciting, writing will never mean anything” (Strasser 204). I absolutely support this statement that Strasser is making because if my writing does not have my personal emotions within

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