Dixie Smith Smith1 Dr. Jan Riemer English 1103 12 September, 2010
Sponsors of Literacy are defined as
, ³any agents, local or distant, concrete or abstract,who enable, support, teach, model, as well as recruit, regulate, suppress, or withhold literacy² and gain advantage by it in some way´ (Brandt 407). Throughout my life I¶ve had many differentsponsors of literacy, some were positive influences and others were not.My first sponsor was my mom; she is also probably the person t
hat has continued to be asponsor in my life for the longest period of time. Before I started elementary school mama had,like most mothers, taught me the alphabet, given me a simple book, and had generally started meon my way to being literate. At the time I remember being interested in learning to read becausemy mom had provided me with books that had interesting, and beautifully illustrated pictures,and I wanted to understand the meaning of those pictures. Also all of my older siblings couldread, and of course if they did it, I wanted to do it too!The next literary experience that I recall was in the first g
rade, I didn¶t focus well andneeded help with writing assignments, however my first grade teacher was very harsh and didn¶tunderstand. She would have me sit there until I had written something she approved of. Iremember her telling me that I wouldn¶t ever be able to write well. That first grade teacher mademe feel like I wasn¶t capable of doing well in school. It would be two years before a teacher,Mrs. Butler, made me realize that I had potential talent in writing. Instead of punishing me whenI was having trouble with my writing, Mrs. Butler would encourage me and help me a
lease note that my last nameis spelled Rieman
Your intro works, but its verydown and dirty and to-the-point. Think about whether you want to say more here before youmove your reader along.Is there anything about literacy you want yourreader to know besides the formal definition yougive?
Did your siblings ever read toyou? Can you think of how you felt not being ableto read yet?
Like what? Can you rememberwhat she wanted that you were not immediatelyproducing for her? It would be great to hear morespecifics and details here.
Aim for a smoother transitionfrom this para to the next