Growing up in a bilingual household, I have struggled with many things especially reading and writing. Reading and writing have never been my strongest points. The first struggle that I can recall, is when I was about six or seven years old. I was beginning my education at Edu-Prize Charter School. I was a cute little kid, in the first grade, just like everybody else. But in the middle of the school year, my mom told me that my great, great aunt, who lived in China, was getting really sick and old. So if I wanted to meet her, it had to be now. Being a little kid, I didn’t quite understand why she couldn’t just go see the doctor, take some medication, or let time heal her. Unfortunately, now I know it was my mom’s way of saying that she was dying. My parents made the decision that it was probably the best way for me to understand my Chinese culture, along with meeting my relatives on my mother’s side of the family. So for a month, I had to leave my dad, my brother, my school, and all my friends back home in Arizona. China was a great experience for me, but it created the biggest obstacle in my life.
When I came back home, I could not speak, read, or even write in English. Which caused so many problems when returning to school. My first grade teacher, Miss Gray, suggested to my parents that I should be held back a school year. My parents were skeptical of her suggestion because it was also her first year of teaching. They looked through and thought about all the pros and cons. A few pros being that it would give me a chance to learn how to speak, read, and write in English again, and that I would know the material due to the fact it would be reviewed. Cons being that I wou...
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... me. He was so annoying and would purposely and constantly pokes and tickles me even after I told him to stop. Sophomore English taught me a lot about tolerating people, along with the fact I do not belong in regular classes.
So in my junior year of High School, I transferred into Advance Placement classes. I have to say that was the best decision I had ever made. The curriculum and environment has benefited my reading and writing skills critically. Like Todd Alexander said, “I think it’s an important process. We have to make sure our school environment stays conducive to learning...” For AP English III, I had Mrs. Stafford, which was a great experience. I learn a lot of vocabulary, along with literary devices, and much more. But that summer reading for her class, was just awful, Jane Eyre and the Bean Tree. But overall, it was a great class and experience.
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