Monday, October 15, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007 8-9
Later this week, students will develop essay questions related to specific chapters. We will swap questions and students will respond to another student's question for a pre-midterm. The author of the questions will have to evaluate their peer's response in a narrative.
Writing Topics #2
I remembered I had learned most of my knowledge at school. Teachers taught me from the basic level such as 26 letters, then some simple vocabularies. I remembered my parents were holding my hand when I was writing some simple sentences. At that time I was around 5, my parents helped me a lot on my homeworks. I am a pretty lazy person; I don’t like to read a lot of things. But sometimes, I do read a lot magazines.
I learned how to read and write
in the second grade from my teacher
Mrs. Gabriel, she taught the class the
alfabets from A-Z and what sounds these
letters made, then we joined another letter
with the first letter to see what that sound
made, and from there on we started
to read books such as Hello and
GoodBye, Curious George, and
at that time i was the age of five or
six years old.
Our textbook was The Little Red Story Book, The Little Green Story Book and The Little White House. The protagonists were Tom, Dick and Jane. Their dog was Spot.
They reminded me of the show "Leave It to Beaver." The mom stayed at home, their grandparents lived in the country, the kids seemed to have enough to eat. I remembered when the first black family entered the story. They were called "new neighbors," and all the kids played together happily. It wasn't my world, but I didn't mind reading about theirs. I was happy when a family moved into the neighborhood that looked like my family, but that wasn't until I was in second grade.
I was reading anything and everything by the time I got to second grade. My mother bought us books and I think I had a library card before I started school. I don't remember learning to write. I do remember learning to write in cursive.
At John McLaren School where I attended K-5th grade, writing in cursive was like a rites of passage. You were entering adulthood when you could write in cursive. Mrs. Wooten wrote like an artist. I was already an artist so penship was my early introduction to caligraphy, which I still do today.
I don't remember reading as much as I recall learning to write. I think I really became proficient as a writer when I entered graduate school. Everything up to that point was preparatory even though I'd been an A student all of my life.
My parents modeled a love for reading and books. My mother loved Reader's Digest, Agatha Christie and Prevention Magazine. She also liked reading the bible. My father liked reading metaphysical books. No book was off limits and my parents were always ready and willing to sit down and talk to me and my brother about what our thoughts were on any topic.
My mother bought me art books, because I liked to draw and sculpt and she bought my brother books on crafts and engineering becasue he liked building things and making toys like cars and planes and V-8 engines that could run.
We read more around the house than watched TV, but we watched TV too, especially on Sundays when the Lawrence Welk Show came on. We also watched The Walt Disney Show and Lassie and Flip Wilson and some others I can't remember.
I remember carrying so many books home from school I walked with a tilt for a time, until I got a backpack.
I still love to read, but I only have time to read what I want to read now that I teach full time, in the summer.
October 15, 2007
English 201 B
Writing Topic #2
I am not exactly sure how old I was when I first started reading,it was when I was about 5 or six years old, I learn my ABC's then I learn the pronounciation of each letter and finally I learn the two or three letter words such as He, She, The, Cat, Dog, etc. Soon I got to reading bigger words and then I got to reading those beginer books such like the Cat in the hat books
When i was a little girl, my teacher wanted us to write our first essay. It was very easy to write 3 sentences, our teacher said. My all classmates had finished that essay very soon in the class. Only me, i did not write it because i couldn't read the map what was it mean. My teacher told my mother that i didn't finish my homework at that day.
My mother was so angry that she bought a lot of books for me from my the school starting. She asked me why i was naughty in school?
I said i could read words but i was not abole to read map and picture.
After that, my other let me read so many famous paintings in the musuem or book stores. Since my mother taught me how to read pitures and map, i liked art so much.
Therefore, a good mother or a good teather is the first master inspires us to read and write during our childhood. Luckly, i had my mother taught me how to conquer my problem.
Literacy: Family affair
Anita Merina, the writer, wants to show her readers the startling facts of illiteracy in America and tries to present solutions around readers through Robert’s story; Robert Mendez was an adult who can’t read until the age of 35. His experiences represent the pain of illiterate adults who can’t help their children’s education and can’t improve their own life because of their literate limitation. Also, the writer exhibited the surprising facts of American illiteracy; there are 90 million limited literate adults and 40 million of illiterate adults. The most important fact we’re facing is an intergenerational crisis of illiteracy; the bounding of undereducated adults and educationally at-risk children generates double effects of illiteracy; the writer prove it with statistics. For the goal of stopping the cycle of failure, there are family literacy programs and they grew a lot across the country. They have provided children educational environment which made at-risk kids to succeed in their school, at the same time they have dealt with adult literacy. Robert Mendez was the person who got help from the program and now he is an educator too. He witnessed that when he overcome the illiteracy, how he become a new person and how he enjoy much profound life.
Mrs. Rosene is my preschool teacher, shes the one that taught me how to hold a pencil the correct way and guide me through each step writing correctly.She also taught me how to read books like "Clifford and The Big Red Dog". Thats also the first book I've ever read and learned from. At that time I was the age of five.