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Sponsor My Literacy Draft 2

Sponsor My Literacy Draft 2

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After meeting with my peer workshop group, I took their comments and made a few adjustments to my paper. I still felt like there was too much information on the process and not the people but I was unsure of how to add in the people without eliminating the process.
After meeting with my peer workshop group, I took their comments and made a few adjustments to my paper. I still felt like there was too much information on the process and not the people but I was unsure of how to add in the people without eliminating the process.

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 Niemand 1Kylie NiemandProfessor Jan RiemanEnglish 1103September 17
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, 2010Self-assignment: After working with the peer editing, I had a better understandingof what I should do with my paper. I found it very helpful to get the opinions of myclassmates. I did edit my paper and feel that it can be made even shorter but I’m not surewhat to cut out and what to keep. Overall I think my paper does a good job of describingme and my literacy history.Sponsor My LiteracyDeborah Brant has described sponsors of literacy as, “any agents, local or distant,concrete or abstract, who enable, support, teach, model, as well as recruit, regulate,suppress or withhold literacy-and gain advantage by it in some way” Brandt 407).Everyday literature is presented to me in a variety of forms through different medias.Throughout my life I have had to overcome many difficulties associated with reading andwriting and my ability to understand the literature at hand. My literacy practices have been positively and negatively influenced 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.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
 
 Niemand 2 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,especially their humor. Unlike America where most stories we know come from booksand novels, in South Africa stories are spread more by mouth than literature. Comingfrom that culture, my earliest literacy experiences derived more from hearing storiesrather 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. I entered my first American school in the first grade, and fromday one, I felt out of place with my literary skills. I had come from a world of multiplelanguages and was rapidly thrust into a world solely of English. I quickly found out that Iwas behind compared to my classmates; while most of the kids in my class learned toread and write in kindergarten, I never attended the equivalent in South Africa. I knewhow to spell a few words but discovered that some of my spelling was wrong such as‘colour’ in America was ‘color’. I began to understand how my spelling was different andneeded improvement, but greatly believed that I could read just as well as the other kids,unfortunately it turned out to not to be the case.The first book I can remember attempting to read front to back was a tinystorybook about two 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 tapeof our spectacular reading abilities. I took my book and practiced reading it over and over the entire week before we recorded. I wanted to make my mother proud and wanted to prove to myself that I could be as good as the American kids. When time came to record,I continuously stumbled over words and often had to restart the sentence, however I was
 
 Niemand 3determined to finish. I can still remember how elated I was when I completed the story,feeling as if I had just won the biggest marathon in the world. However the feeling didnot 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. Theridicule I received in school led me to adopt an American accent and despise reading inevery form, as I became embarrassed by my inabilities.I was constantly and unwillingly practicing my reading both inside and outside of school. My mother was determined to get me to be comfortable with reading and writingdid everything in her power to help me. Almost every night, my mother would pull out
 Hooked on Phonics
and we would sit at the table and play the game. I remember bawlingmy eyes out because I kept getting some of the activities wrong, fortunately my mother was always there to comfort and encourage. Her commitment to helping me improve myliteracy skills persuaded me to work on my literacies individually as well; I wanted tomake my parents proud. I decided that by forcing myself to write book reports I couldadvance my reading and writing skills. I would read a different book each month and

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