My Personal Statement Of Literacy

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Think back to when you were a child, did you enjoy reading and writing, or despise it? What about now that you have grown up, has your outlook on literacy changed? Everyone has a different story behind their answers each of these questions. Personally, I never enjoyed reading or writing growing up. However, literacy has slowly grown on me throughout the years, especially since I will be teaching children in just a few short years. My first experience with literacy was when I was still a baby. My parents would read to me everyday until I was six years old. Before I could recognize the words, I would point to the pictures. I also memorized some of my favorite books. My parents found this out when they tried to skip some of the words and I would …show more content…
Junior and senior year I took a combination of different English classes including, research writing, creative writing, 19th century literature, and 20th century literature. I was only fond of two out of my six English teachers throughout high school. My creative research writing teachers were the ones I liked best, which probably had something to do with the subject they taught. I would rather write papers than read books, especially older literature. I am glad that I made the decision to challenge myself because it helped me improve my literacy skills. These classes helped me to do well on my ACT, even though English and reading were still lower than my math and science scores. I sometimes struggle with reading comprehension because my mind wonders when I read. I also do no have a very big vocabulary so I use context clues and chunking words to help me figure out what certain words are when I …show more content…
I think my parents did everything right by reading to me and having me read on my own when I was a child. One reason might deal with my brain and the lack of creativity that I inherited from my parents. Another reason might be that reading and writing are both stationary activities and I would much rather be doing something active. What ever the reason though, I have never enjoyed literacy, but I do consider myself an above average reader and writer. I still do all of my homework, including reading articles, book, and writing papers, but I do not read or write much in my free time. Even though literacy has grown on me, I still would much rather do math or play outside than read a book or write a paper. Even though I do not enjoy literacy, does not mean that I am going to show that in my classroom. In fact, because I grew up disliking reading and writing it has made me want to make English more fun for my future students. I think literacy can be taught in a more exciting way than I learned it when I was in elementary school. I know there will be children in my class who, like me, do not like English. For those students, I want them to enjoy it by the end of the school year, or at least like it better than they did before they had me as a

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