Starting at the beginning of my literacy career, my mother inspired me to start reading. I do not remember when I first started reading and writing, but I remember my mother sitting by my side helping me sound out words. We would start out with simple words like “bed,” and end up with a more difficult word such as “proofread.” Reading aloud became easier because I could spell out the words in my mind. My mother encouraged me to read challenging books and le...
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...ing poetry. At first, I was not sure of what I would expect in the poetry class, but Mr. de Sa e Silva’s teaching style taught me to love reading and analyzing poetry. He gave me good advice and pointed out areas where I could improve and strengthen my voice in the recitation and in my analysis of the poems. He did not force a love of poetry onto his students, but he was very enthusiastic about reading and analyzing poetry. His love of poetry rubbed off on his students. Mr. de Sa e Silva’s purpose of teaching “Poetry: Craft and Criticism” was to share the beauty of poetry with his students. Mr. de Sa e Silva motivated me to go further in my analysis of poems.
My journey was not guided solely by my hard work and dedication. Without the sponsorship of my literacy sponsor, my mother, Ms. Campbell, and Mr. de Sa e Silva, I could not have reached this far into my career.
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