contributes to a form of literacy, whether is be school, family, location, financial status, or socialstatus. Deborah Brandt does a fantastic job illustrating this idea. I myself have been very lucky tohave multiple sponsors of literacy, such as my school system, home life, libraries, and readilyavailable technology. Essays that I have read, such as those mentioned above, represented goalsfor myself. Never before have I read something with as much intellectual language as Brandt’sessay. The goal is not simply to read, but to understand them as well, eventually being able toapply lessons learned in my own writing, which is a target to aim for regarding the class goals.The novel we have just finished reading,
The Blue Sweater
, written by Jacqueline Novogratz, is a fascinating book. It recounts the author’s tale of changing the economic status of women in Africa. Reading this book has been very relevant to me because the author majored ineconomics, the same subject in which I am currently majoring in. Novogratz is someone who Ican look up to. She gives me a finish line that I feel like I should race toward. Seeing her giveher speech at the university was inspiring; it made me realize that she is just a person, just likeme, and my own ambition is the only thing that may stop me from being a sort of hero like her.These readings and the introspective style of assigned works allow me to practice readingand writing differently. Nearly everything I discover in relation to this class is relevant to our writings in some way. As I read, I am beginning to annotate, take more notes, and internalizewhat is being communicated. It has never been a strong point of mine, but it seems necessarywhen dealing with more complex argumentative essays. Because of this personally different wayof reading, I can use a great amount of examples in my own writing from other texts. Eventhough I am still not very used to this practice, I feel relatively comfortable with it. It takes moreinitial effort, but it eases the task of writing in the long run.