Personal Narrative: My Journey To Literacy

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All I could remember on my journey to literacy was my concern over my brother and sister’s ability to read and write including solving math problems. That did not really motivate not to become literate; I was extremely playful as a child. What I am able to remember is my first day of school, I cried like a baby when my mom dropped me off. I soon began to grow out of my baby stage and school became really interesting. Even though it was not as hard as it is now, the value that pushed me to be literate was how my teacher was able to discipline students if they didn’t give the best to their education.
My first stage of being literate was when I learned the different names of careers such as ...view middle of the document...

My young mind was fresh of knowledge and when I began conversing with people, I sounded more literate and professional.
Schools in seemed to be more of a challenge for me. Making my way to the third stage of becoming more literate, I began learning how to write essays. Unfortunately, that is also when I found out that I was not a big fan of reading and writing. I was always a math person because as child it was always facile to know my table of multiplication and so on; I was able to solve math problems in an instant. It was common sense to me. I was horrible at grammar in French, but wonderful in math, so I focus on the side which fit my forte. I recall being discipline very harshly for my grammatical errors; every mistake brought a severe punishment. I could not endure that discipline; so instead of focusing on reading and writing, I paid my focus on my passion for math.
Sooner or later, that changed when I made my way into the land of freedom. My fourth stage of becoming literate was unexpected. Moving to United States of America, I went back to the basic again. A new foreign language and culture was too much to take in. Due to my inability to speak English, I was quickly welcomed in E.S.O.L classes and surrounded by people that were in the same situation as I was. To gain understanding of this foreign language, I began learning the basic form of English from Rosetta Stone. Step by step, I was becoming more aware of how the English language operates. After 6 month, I felt like an expert in English because I was able to chat in English and communicate with others. What mostly helped me out with being able to read and understand English better was comic show called Static Shock on cartoon network. Since my ear was not adjusted well enough to the sound of the words, I would put caption on so I would be able to read along as the show was goes on. Then my 7th and 8th grade teachers required us to read a series of books, which was easy reading but helpful. As much as I hated reading, those books were filled with content and characteristics that grabbed my attention from the start. I read almost all the series of Bluford High Series written by different authors, and those were books like I felt I would be able to read. To satisfy my curiosity I read The Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs. This book was filled with credibility because it was written by someone who lived...

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