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Literacy Narrative

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by abiorcutt
Last updated 2 years ago

Discipline:
Elementary School
Subject:
Beginning Readers

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Literacy Narrative

As far as learning to read, my mother homeschooled me, and as she would be considered not a native English speaker, I picked up some of her accent and the way that I pronounced words and the way I’d structure my sentences when I was a child. I still sometimes have to catch myself, but as I grew older I continued to learn the proper way of reading, writing, and speaking English.

Earliest writing memory is when I practiced changing the way I wrote my letters with my friends to make my handwriting more beautiful. I would invite my friend over and we would practice writing our letters in different fonts and see what was the most creative. I think I was 7 years old.

When I had my first two children, I read to them every day. I started discovering all the fun children’s literature. Some of my favorite were Dr.Seuss “Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are,” and the Narnia series. I would often hook them on longer chapter books to give them a love for reading, by having story time and reading the first chapter to them. During this storytime with my children I rediscovered my love for reading and am an avid reader to this day.

When I started traveling, I started to write more letters and emails to my parents and siblings back home, and discovered that my letters were always quite typical. Later on, in life, I realized I really enjoyed writing and would find that it was easier than speaking, as I could formulate and think about what I wanted to say, and even backspace if I made a mistake. I discovered that writing my thoughts and ideas down brought a sense of calm and order to my life.

My father would read to us every day for an hour. These would be a variety of stories from Aesop’s Fables, Peter and Jane, or straight from the New King James Version of the Bible with all of its old English. The times I loved the most was when he read to us stories or make the stories come alive by adding games to them. We would play guess the last word in a sentence, to discovering what topic the story was on. My siblings and I would always get quite competitive in these games.

The philosophy I have for literacy is to impart to my students a love for reading, writing, and discovering who they are and what makes sense to them. I feel that reading opens a child’s eyes to the potential of discovering a big, new world, full of knowledge and excitement. The wonderful thing about literacy is that the student is able to make their own connections with the text and discover who they are and what they believe and think as individuals. In order to do this, a child needs a safe and secure environment to be their own individuals and to make meaning from their life.

Literacy week at a middle school in Seminole County


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