Cultural/Literacy Autobiography

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Cultural/Literacy Autobiography

They were my English teachers: Mrs. Henson, Ms. Williams, and Mrs. Gaskin. They opened me up to different genres of reading. They showed me how reading can help develop my thoughts when writing. Out of these three women, my teacher during my Senior year was the best. Mrs. Gaskin encouraged not only I but all of her students. She showed me how to make connections with the book to life. Mrs. Gaskin elevated us all in her English class. She made reading and writing so much more fun. It did not see like school work when she taught us about literature and writing. She also listened to what we had to say and what we wanted.

Growing up, I was a little different from all that other children my age. I was born with Sickle Cell Anemia and had a growth development problem. I tended to be shorter and smaller in size. One of my nicknames that my school mates would called me was “Baby Rachel”. I believe that this was not only due to my size but the fact that I was sick all the time. On certain days, depending upon the heat and weather I could not go outside during P.E. or recess. While all the other children enjoyed their time playing outside, I would spend it reading books. I would even read all time whenever I was sick and at home. The reading of literature at this time of my life was a distraction from the pain that I would be in. Once the medication slowly began to ease the pain, I would dive into a book until the medicine made me fall asleep. The titles of the literature that I would read during this time would range from The Magic School Bus Book Series, The Baby-Sitters Club Book Series to The Goosebumps Series.

During my grade school years, I grew up in a residential neighborhood in Dallas, Texas which is known as Pleasant Grove. At this time, the community was predominately African American and Hispanic ethnicities. I attended John Ireland Elementary School in the Dallas Independent School District. At this school they always had programs like the Mockingbird Reading Books, the Texas Bluebonnet Books, and the Scholastic Book Fair. They would encourage all the students to read through the programs. There were always rewards giving. This is where I first gain my love for books. Anytime I brought home a Scholastic Book Fair paper, my mom always allowed me to buy books. My mother never said no and she encouraged me to continue to read. The books that I would buy consisted of The Giving Tree, The Very Quiet Cricket, The Charlotte’s Web, and many more similar to these. We lived in Dallas, Texas up until my 6th grade year of school. We moved to Mesquite, Texas. This was a big changed for me, because I went from classroom full of classmates looking like me to just two other classmates looking just like me. At this time Mesquite was a suburb that was predominately Caucasian. This was a cultural shock for me, and many of the literacy that was presented to me changed. This change definitely impacted my literacy practices.

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