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Diaper to Dictionary Portfolio

Diaper to Dictionary Portfolio

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Claire KaneDr. ReimanEnglish 110312 September 2010From Diapers to DictionariesI have always had a great support system in my life; from my family to theschools that I attended and to my friends. Something that was always strongly expressedin my family was my education and what it can provide for me. My parents did anythingthey could possibly do to make sure I had all the opportunities I could have ever wantedin my life, they never wanted me to feel inferior or less accomplished than someone else.All of this encouragement and acknowledgment of education from my parents is mostlikely the reason I am so focused on my grades and schoolwork. I am very close with myfamily and they are so supportive that it makes me want to make them proud ineverything that I do.I started out in a charter school for my elementary and middle school education. Acharter school is not a public or private school, but is owned by an organization fundedmostly by the government. Since there is no religious affiliation with charter schools, basically any books I could have wanted to read were permitted and I never felt I was pressured into reading or not reading something. I had a wide range of genres of books inour library and a librarian that was so knowledgeable and comforting that I felt I couldask anything and be steered in the right direction. She always encouraged us to read andalways made sure she had new books stocking up our library so we never felt like wewere out of options of books that appealed to us. Our school also had a typing program
 
 
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for computers that we used for thirty minutes a day, three times a week so typing on acomputer was a breeze for me by middle school and made the time I put into my writingmore efficient.The charter school that I attended was a Kindergarten to eighth grade school thatfrom third grade to eighth you learned grammar through this book called ShirleyGrammar. Every year you graduated to a different grade level the color of the book changed which as a kid especially it was always fun to go from green to purple or yellowto blue and it would make you feel proud of your color because it meant you were gettingolder and should be proud of that. I will never forget Shirley grammar because it taughtyou all about nouns, adjectives, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, etc., but they did it with thesefun songs and you could turn them into whatever you wanted like a chant, opera song,wrap, anything! Classes would compete with each other of who could sing the loudest or who could make the best beat on their desks or who had the best dance, etc. Everythinghad a song to it that you would spend weeks learning and then apply to sentences whenevaluating them. You would label words as an adverb, verb, noun, adjective, etc., and Iloved hearing my friends singing the songs to themselves as they did it, even as the ³big bad´ eighth graders of the school I would still hear my friends singing the songs tothemselves. It sounds so silly, but I can still sing them to myself today and in high schoolthere were people who had no idea what an adjective was and grammar is something thatis so important and I am glad that it is permanently imprinted in my brain and will never leave.I attended a private Catholic school for my four years of high school, but still,even with the religious affiliation, I was never told I was not allowed to read or pressured
 
 
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into reading anything. I had the freedom to read and write about whatever I chose, on thecontrary of what private schools have a reputation for sometimes doing. I did not have aninstitution that was necessarily a literary sponsor to me, but I did have a few specificindividuals that have strongly impacted my outlook on reading and writing and inspiredme to do more than the bare minimum in regards to my academic and personal goals.My mom who loves to read and write always helped me with editing my papers;she helped me learn how to prepare to write an essay as well as how to combine mythoughts into an organized and well thought out paper. My mom also had a way of teaching morals to me so I would be a well-rounded and also productive member of society. She always had me understand that whatever grade you make on an assignment,test, project, etc., does not make you any better than those around you and to never makesomeone feel inferior or belittled by you and your actions. After my mom came mysenior year English teacher, she really taught me how to see the connection of readingand writing and how to incorporate them to make a truly successful paper. She alwaysassigned us these little two page papers constantly and once a week we had a four page paper due and it really broke me into a routine of writing and understanding it is a basic part of life that enabled me to learn how to interpret something like an event, story,moment in life, and incorporate it into a paper in a well thought out and organized manor.Between my mom¶s influence and encouragement and my senior year spent withmy English teacher I never felt I was missing out on any form of education. I always feltI was being taught something that I either already knew or felt I could understand. I reallyfeel I had access to any form of literacy I could ever want and I feel that I took advantageof every opportunity whether it was in the form of a computer, teacher, assignment,

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