Grammer check and edit by 3-page essay! I also need to write 1 to two sentences in conclusion.
Potter 1 Aspen Potter
Monday, September 19, 2016
I view literacy as being able to purposefully understand and communicate
something to someone else. A literate person is able to read and write, understand what
they are reading and writing, and is able to clearly communicate to others those same
ideas through reading and writing. There are several experiences from my life that has
shaped my definition and beliefs of literacy. My family and background has had the most
influence on my literacy beliefs. In this essay I will explain how they have affected me
and my definition of literacy today.
My family has always been considered a reading family. Instead of watching TV
together, we read together. Our library we have at home is vast and full of books of all
sorts of genres. I remember both of my parents always encouraging me to read when I
was younger. When I come home for the Holiday?s and see how much my younger
brothers are improving in their readings I know that the same encouragement for literacy
is being applied to them as well.
One of my earliest memories of reading is with my family during our nightly
family scripture study. We would gather together in our living room every night, well
mostly every night, sports sometimes got in the way in a family of 5, and would read a
chapter of the Book of Mormon together. I remember getting so excited for my turn to
read and once I could read I would race through it as fast as I could. I?m not sure why I
wanted to read so quickly, but I one time I was reading through the words so hurriedly Potter 2
that when I was done and my mom asked what I had learned I couldn?t remember a single
thing. I was so embarrassed, if I could read then why couldn?t I remember anything I had
just read out loud. This definitely shaped a big part of my literacy definition, being able
to understand what I am reading and/or writing. Even if one can read, if they are reading
to fast to understand what they are reading, like I was, then they are not considered
Another early memory I have with my family, specifically my mother, is a poetry
contest I entered when I was 8 years old. For Mothers Day our teacher had us write
poems that we could give to our mothers. My teacher had liked mine so much that she
suggested that I enter it in to the ?Why My Mother Deserves a Diamond Contest?. A
couple weeks later she received a letter stating I had won my mom a beautiful stone
necklace. It wasn?t a diamond, but I was still so excited to give my poem and the
necklace to my mom. I took the letter home and remember how proud she was of me. We
went that weekend to the jewelry store so she could pick out her necklace and finally read
the poem I worked so hard on. I was expecting my mom to be more excited about the
necklace, but when we arrived to the store and she read my poem she cried she was so
happy. I think she would have been perfectly fine without winning a necklace, she just
loved what I had written and the way I communicated to her so much more than a piece
of jewelry. This event shaped my definition of literacy, being literate is being able to
communicate ideas to others. With my poem I was able to communicate to my mom how
much I cared about and loved her, which in the end was more moving than a beautiful
expensive necklace. Potter 3
Another part of my family life that has affected my literacy is my home library.
Growing up my parents always stressed reading and one of the biggest ways they did that
was always having an at home library. The library in my current house takes up a full
bedroom, with thousands of books lining the shelves. Although some of the books are off
limits to the younger kids because of expensive they were, my dad always loved buying
the collectors set, we always had a variety of books to choose from. From the young
children?s books like Cat in the Hat, Bob Books, and Where the Wild Things Are to adult
books like Lord of the Rings, we had it all. My favorites when I was younger were the
Magic Tree House Books. After school I could always be found in our library on our
giant beanbag engrossed in another story. The way my parents made books so accessible
to my family to where we didn?t even have to leave our house to go to a library helped
and strengthened my literacy. Since I was constantly able to read and enjoy reading, the
environment was so peaceful and comfortable, I was able to practice and grow everyday.
One final part of my life that has helped my literacy and my definition of literacy
is my parent?s love for reading. They love reading so much that they have always
considered great presents books. Instead of getting the brand new Xbox games for
Christmas, like most of my friends, we would get books and be just as excited about it.
Their love for reading transferred to us and we soon fell in love with it too. Now for
Christmas and birthdays I find myself asking for the newest books. I can fully thank my
parents for my love for books and I am forever grateful for my love for literacy. When I
have my own family I will make it of the upmost importance to add our own library to
our house and teach my children my love for books and reading.
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