Austin Traylor Engl 1103-024Professor Jan RiemannSeptember 14, 2010
Literacy: The Cynosure of Brilliance
The development of ones literacy, while it continues throughout their whole life, isgreatly shaped by the literate environment and their involvement with reading and writing at ayoung age. The human brain is like a sponge when it is young; it has the pre-disposition tolearning a language and becoming literate in that language. Small children quickly pick up wordsand can begin to repeat them after hearing them for short amounts of time. Accents aredeveloped depending on the area before too long as well. When the construct and learningcapabilities of the brain are taken into consideration, it isspeculated that reading and writing aremost greatly developed during ones childhood. Learning the essentials and basics of something isalways the biggest step as you can add on to it from there. Such as in the case of math, if onedoes not understand the basic concepts of operators and mathematical equations then one cannoteven understand the simplest problem such as 2+2=4. However, if we have those basics andessentials then we can slowly add onto that knowledge, expanding beyond our limits. In the caseof the analogy this could be explained by adding more variable into the equation for a greater understanding, such as 2+2=4 becoming 2+2+2=6 or 2+2-2=2. In context to literacy this could be shown by the growth of one¶s vocabulary, or a growing understanding of grammar and punctuation usage. In order for this to happen one must be able to read or write and understandwhat they are doing when they do so. That is the reasoning behind literacy being considered acrucial skill to children and being taught to them at such a young age.