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Sponsor My Literacy Draft 1

Sponsor My Literacy Draft 1

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This was my first draft of my Sponsors of Literacy Paper. I started by writing a chronological list of how I learned to read and write and then edited it into paragraphs. My ideas were all over the place and I didn’t know exactly what direction I wanted to go in. I just started writing and saw where it took me. I felt that I had more information about the process and not the people who helped me.
This was my first draft of my Sponsors of Literacy Paper. I started by writing a chronological list of how I learned to read and write and then edited it into paragraphs. My ideas were all over the place and I didn’t know exactly what direction I wanted to go in. I just started writing and saw where it took me. I felt that I had more information about the process and not the people who helped me.

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 Niemand 1Kylie NiemandProfessor Jan RiemanEnglish 1103September 15
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, 2010Self-assignment: Overall my paper gets across the general ideas and thoughts Iwanted to express about my literacy experience. I need to still cut some things out andtighten up aspects of my paper. I am happy with the way it came out, but I know I canimprove it and make the essay flow more.Sponsor My LiteracyEveryday literature is presented to me in a variety of forms through differentmedias. Throughout my life I have had to overcome many difficulties associated withreading and writing and my ability to understand the literature at hand. My literacy practices have been influenced and developed by a variety of people all adding their own personal touches into helping me learn and improve. Without certain sponsors, I wouldnot be where I am today with my literacy skills. For me, literacy has never been easy, butwith my determination and dedication to improving my skills I am finally able to say thatI am confident in my literacy capabilities.Living in different countries has allowed me to develop my literacy skills inaccordance to the cultures and languages I have been surrounded by. I was born in SouthAfrica and remained there until I moved to America at the age of six. Being raised in a bilingual household where my family spoke both Afrikaans and English, was a veryenriching experience for me. In my opinion there is nothing quite like Afrikaans culture
 
 Niemand 2and especially their humor. Unlike America where most stories we know come from books and novels, in South Africa stories are spread more by mouth than literature.Coming from that culture, my earliest literacy experiences derived more from hearingstories rather than reading them. When I moved to America however, that all changed.Transitioning from South Africa to America was one of the most difficultexperiences of my life. Coming from a background of more verbal communication thanwritten communication, I had trouble adjusting to the American way of life. I entered myfirst American school in the first grade, and from day one, I felt out of place with myliterary skills. I had come from a world of multiple languages and was rapidly thrust intoa world solely of English. I quickly found out that I was behind compared to myclassmates; while most of the kids in my class learned to read and write in kindergarten, Inever attended the equivalent in South Africa. I knew how to spell a few words butdiscovered that some of my spelling was wrong such as ‘colour’ in America was ‘color’.I began to understand how my spelling was different and needed improvement, butgreatly believed that I could read just as well as the other kids, unfortunately it turned outto not to be the case.Reading and writing has never been easy for me, especially in the first grade. Thefirst book I can remember attempting to read front to back was a tiny storybook abouttwo people getting married. As a mother’s day gift, my entire class took turns reading a book in front of a recorder so that we could present our mother with a tape of our spectacular reading abilities. I took my book and practiced reading it over and over theentire week before we recorded. I wanted to make my mother proud and wanted to proveto myself that I could be as good as the American kids. When time came to record, I
 
 Niemand 3continuously stumbled across the words and often had to restart the sentence, however Iwas determined to finish. I can still remember how elated I was when I completed thestory, feeling as if I had just won the biggest marathon in the world; however the feelingdid not last long. My reading skills were weak contrasted against classmates and my ever lovely South African accent did not help the matter. Upon reading, I would pronouncewords differently and immediately receive ridicule from fellow students who were all tooeager to point out my wrong pronunciation. At that young age, the most traumatic thingthat could happen to me was being made fun of, which became my life. Day in and dayout I was constantly teased for having an accent and doing things differently from theAmerican way. To make matters worse, I was forced by the school to work with areading teacher twice a week. I would have to leave class in the middle of an assignmentto go to an office and practice my reading and pronunciation. The special attention I wasreceiving by the reading teacher gave the kids in class more ammunition to tease me with.The ridicule I received in school, made me adopt an American accent and despise readingin every form, as I became embarrassed by my inabilities.My contempt for reading increased as I had to attend special reading classes atschool and then go home and continue practicing words and pronunciation. My mother was determined to get me to be comfortable with reading and writing and did everythingin her power to help me. Almost every night, my mother would pull out Hooked onPhonics and we would sit at the table and play the game. I remember sitting at the counter and bawling my eyes out because I kept getting some of the activities wrong, my mother however was always there to comfort and encourage. Her commitment to helping meimprove my literacy skills persuaded me to work on my literacies individually as well. I

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