Nichole Buchanan Buchanan 1Professor Jan RiemanEnglish 1103September 14, 2010
Self-assessment: I don’t really think this is one of the strongest papers I’ve written. It wasdifficult to really expand on how I gained literacy. I feel there could have been a lot moreinteresting things I could have included, but I couldn’t really think of anything that really stood out in my literacy history. I feel as thought it was well structured, but I had trouble putting what I wanted to say in words.
My Path to LiteracyLooking back and remembering how I learned to read and write, I think, “Well,that’s obvious. I went to school of course.” But digging deeper and trying to find the realsource of my literacy, who or what exactly taught me and supported me to read and writeand apply that knowledge elsewhere? Those people or objects are known as my sponsorsof literacy. Sponsors of literacy are “any agents, local or distant, concrete or abstract, whoenable, support, teach, model, as well as recruit, regulate, suppress, or withhold literacy-and gain advantage by it in some way” (Brandt 407). I’ve had access to literacy for aslong as I can remember with many supporters along the way.Early in my life, my parents had always been my main supporters. They boughtme books, computer games, Hooked on Phonics workbooks, and anything else you canthink of to teach me to read and write before I even started school. I remember as a childhaving numerous books. Even when I didn’t exactly know how to