When the books were colorful they grabbed my attention quickly. I couldn’t wait for my parents to come in my room at night and read to me from The Cat in the Hat. I think that this is one of the popular books that parents should read to their children. Every time my parents read to me, I tried to say the words along with them. As a result, anytime I had problems pronouncing a word, my mother made me sound the word out until I sounded it correctly.
Before attending pre-school, Sofia was already a very literate child. She observed her cousins and was interested in everything they’d do, including reading and writing. Sarah, her youngest cousin would always have her head stuck in books all the time. Never understanding why she would dependably read or what the books would verbally express, Sofia wanted to be just like her, completely consumed in literature. The goal within this Literacy Autobiographical Narrative is to have the audience develop a fuller understanding of Sofia’s literacy practices and how they have shaped her today.
But one night, I decided to read to her. “Go on, pick a book to read,” my mother told me. I walked over to the little white shelves that housed my assortment of books. Scanning over the titles, I found my favorite one. I removed it from its other literary brethren and proceeded to walk back to the bed, where my mother lay.
It doubled my time management skills and boosted my confidence in my reading skills. I fell in love with The Hunger Games series in high school, as well, authors by the name of Julie Anne Peters, and the Brothers Grimm (Wilhelm and Jacob). This woman, Julie Anne Peters, an LGBTQI literature author, inspired me to teach my future students the importance of reading books that centered on a different kind of love. Much like my high school teachers in high school, Mrs. Peters, showed me the value of providing a safe and open space for students to come to me for any issues they may be facing in their lives that they do not feel comfortable sharing with a counselor, parent, relative, or friend. In high school, aside from my lesbian and horrific children’s literature, I was very intrigued in Shakespeare.
I remember my parents reading with me and it was the most meaningful and memorable way to spend time with me. This is because I liked reading a lot and I was eager to learn so that I could fit in with my older siblings. My favorite books were storybooks taking about adventures and fairytales since they created fantasizes for me (Rodriguez 16). My parents read the stories aloud for me to understand and I have come to see that it was important for them to do so since it helped me a great deal. My sister would read me stories from her own books and it confused my little head, considering that the level of education she was in was high for me at that time.
Heard began sending me and my classmates home with about five books to read for homework. After school, I would go straight home and sit at my desk to read my books, complete any other homework, and also enjoy a snack during the process- a great routine I still complete to this day. This was so much fun to me and it stayed that way until my neighbors, Katelyn and Keriann Hanson, came over to play. Once I heard their knocks on the door, I would immediately put up my books and go put on my shoes to go play. My mom would make me sit back down and finish my required reading before I could even think about going out with them.
She would read the books aloud making the characters come alive. As my interest grew, my determination to read grew with it, making it possible for me to discover that new world within the first few weeks of school. In order to help me reach my goal, my mom took... ... middle of paper ... ...e long wait with some moderate sci-fi books like Red Mars, that give an interesting insight to what the future may be like one day. The invaluable lifelong skill of reading has become one of the greatest discoveries in my life. Some people find their personal enjoyment in expressing their ideas in writing, while others enjoy getting lost in the words written by others.
I would constantly have a book with me so I could read whenever and wherever I was. Teachers occasionally had to tell me to stop reading and listen to what they were teaching. My favorite classes were English and Literature because those were the classes where I got the best grades. I liked English because I could write sometimes; additionally I liked literature because I could read and write it down as a reading log. I liked writing a little but only when I could relate with the topic that I had to write about.
My new school was bigger, and they had so many books, art supplies, and games. I was put into a reading class as soon as I arrived at this new school. I was my reading teacher’s favorite student. I always sat next to her and she made sure that spot was never taken so I could sit there. I felt obligated to make her proud and I always volunteered to read even though I had to sound out most words and read very slowly.
Once I got to fifth grade on the first day of school my teacher introduced the book Coraline to our class. It was her favorite book to read to fifth graders. Everyday she read a chapter to the class. I loved this time because I hadn 't had a teacher read out loud to the class since first grade. I remember the book being very interesting and a little weird.