Oscar Sandoval 1   Oscar Sandoval September 20, 2011 English 1101 Jean Coco

Preface Writing this paper wasn’t easy. I don’t think my childhood was very crazy and interesting when it comes to literacy. I had a hard time engaging the audience and spicing it up. I felt that I had nothing good to talk about. Some students had very good stories that were interesting and they focused on a specific person or situation that made them better or helped them with literacy. I tried using my older sister when I wrote it but then it went in a different direction and I didn’t reel it backs in. I’m not all the way pleased with it but with a bit more tweaking it will be a lot better. Growing Up Page by Page Growing up in a Salvadorian household is difficult. Being different from everyone else isn’t that easy when you’re very young. My parents came to the United States in 1985 from El Salvador, they had my sister and I four years later. Even though my sister and I spoke English to each other, to our friends and cousins; we also only read and wrote in English but we never lost our Spanish. My sister is 4 years older than me and she helped me to read and write; since she was already in school, she taught me the ropes of it all. I never had to take ESL, which is English as a Second Language Program, that children who don’t know English need to take, unlike my sister who actually needed it. I was proud of myself because to me it felt like I had learned
Jean Coco 10/7/11 12:46 PM Comment [2]: Oscar—Consider  writing   about  this  instead.  How  did  you  maintain   your  Spanish  in  American  culture?  Why   have  you  retained  it?  This  is  a  rich  topic  to   explore.     Oscar Sandoval 9/25/11 7:59 PM Comment [1]: I  really  like  my  title  but  I   think  that  overall  I  would  need  to  go  more   into  depth  about  what  types  of  books  I  read   and  what  was  my  favorite  book,  or  even  a   unique  experience  I  had  with  a  book.  I  just   think  that  overall  my  essay  doesn’t  have   much  substance.    

Oscar Sandoval 2   English front to back without external help. Elementary school is where most of us, as a whole, began and this is where my story begins. I was the tallest kid in my class and also the new kid, I had recently moved to North Carolina from Virginia, it was hard being new in kindergarten. By the end of the first day, I had made a lot of new friends. I remember having ‘reading logs’, which were charts we had to get signed by our parents after reading our books every night, and I couldn’t wait to read my books. I really loved to read. It was like a refuge from the real world; a safe haven, and that’s where I felt best. I could lose myself in a book about animals or even a comic book. Then, fast forward I was in the third grade and things changed. When I became a third grader everything changed for the best. I had a great teacher that gave us a very wholesome education; she read to us, played games with us, she was just an overall amazing teacher. In the third grade we were allowed to check out AR (accelerated reader) books and take the AR tests on the computer to get points to buy little prizes. I really enjoyed the AR books because it was a challenge for me. With every level I went up it made me very proud because I actually understood the books and the AR tests proved my comprehension. I remember I used to buy so many books from Scholastic. It was exciting to buy a ton of new books and then take them home and read them before bed. I remember I would always read, I would learn a lot of fun facts and new words, and if I didn’t know that word, I had to look it up in the dictionary and try to use it as part of my vocabulary. I spent so much money on these books, but it was my passion and it was my parent’s money anyway. In the fourth and fifth grade, we started using laptops to write little paragraphs and essays and I hated it. I couldn’t believe that writing the text felt so terrible and reading it was a breeze. I think I hated writing because it was usually for an assignment; whereas reading can be just for
Jean Coco 10/7/11 12:51 PM Comment [9]: Explore  this.  You  are   correct.  How  could  you  hate  to  produce  a   written  piece,  the  very  thing  that  gave  you   joy?     Jean Coco 10/7/11 12:51 PM Comment [10]: Discuss  the  assignments   that  you  hated.     Jean Coco 10/7/11 12:49 PM Comment [8]: Such  as?     Jean Coco 10/7/11 12:48 PM Comment [5]: If  you  don’t  change  the   topic  to  your  Spanish  literacy  then  here  you   would  want  to  go  into  more  detail  about   what  books  your  read,  which  ones  were  the   most  compelling  and  why.     Jean Coco 10/7/11 12:48 PM Comment [6]: From  what?  You  got  my   attention  with  this.     Jean Coco 10/7/11 12:49 PM Comment [7]: What  was  bad  or  not  “the   best”  about  the  year  before?    

Oscar Sandoval 9/25/11 7:48 PM Comment [3]: I  don’t  know  how  else  to   say  it  .  When  I  say  ‘most  of  us’  I  mean  like   most  kids  my  age  or  in  my  grade.     Jean Coco 10/7/11 12:47 PM Comment [4]: This  is  an  audience  issue.  Is   your  audience  part  of  the  ‘Us”?  Or  not?    

Oscar Sandoval 3   fun. It was really hard for me to write because I couldn’t think of complete thoughts to type up, it didn’t make sense and we had to get all technical with it; punctuations, quotations, grammar, spelling, and sentence structure. It was all so confusing and frustrating. I was and still am terrible, and very slow at typing; so that didn’t help one bit. Even though I hated typing out things I liked writing it down on paper better; it just felt so much more intimate and really expressed what I felt and it was easier to me. Although I hated writing I still loved to read and I read every night until middle school. Middle school came and I would read and write less and less. I used to love school and never missed a day in elementary school, but in middle school it was a different story. I hated it, it was so boring, I didn’t care about school and would only go to see my friends or I would try my best to make some illness up to stay home. Middle school was a dark age in my literary career. I never read anymore except comic books and the occasional magazine. I dreaded writing papers, I didn’t even listen to music that much, which I consider a form of literature as well. It was a hard period to overcome but then high school changed everything. High school marked the start of my re-found love to read. I was reading actual novels and watching more complex TV shows, listening to more mature music, and I actually wrote good essays and papers without hating it. I had overcome my hate for writing. I still don’t love it but I can sit and type a paper without it being impossible to complete. It was the start of something, which would benefit me for the rest of my life. Writing wasn’t meant to be something dreadful and it is meant to be a greater form of expression than just plain text. I understood that then, and will from then on. Reading and writing teaches you so much, it is incredible, especially reading. Literacy is extremely important to children because it starts us out very small and progressively gets harder and more complex but in the end it makes us more knowledgeable,
Jean Coco 10/7/11 12:54 PM Comment [12]: Try  showing  this  instead   of  saying  it.  Can  you  recreate  a  scene  of   yourself  enjoying  a  book?     Oscar Sandoval 9/25/11 7:55 PM Comment [13]: I  want  to  say  that  reading   and  writing  is  important  but  that  I   personally  think  reading  is  better.  I  just   think  this  sentence  is  awkwardly  worded.     Jean Coco 10/7/11 12:53 PM Comment [11]: This  is  interesting.  So  you   preferred  writing  over  typing?  This  is   something  you  can  develop  in  this  essay.  (I   see  that  you  are  a  Studio  Art  major,  so  the   connection  makes  sense  to  me.  )  If  you  do,   then  you  might  want  to  cut  the  parts  that  do   not  interest    you.    

Oscar Sandoval 4   well spoken, well read and in my opinion smarter. We start off so small and grow to tackle and comprehend such complex texts and its something very fascinating. I don’t understand how illiterate people even live in today’s society; it would be impossible, like living in the dark of what goes on in the world. I’m glad that literacy has been a huge part of my life and has helped me grow; and I hope that in the coming years I’ll do some more growing.
Jean Coco 10/7/11 12:56 PM Comment [14]: We  will  work  on   conclusions  in  class,  so  keep  that  in  mind.     This  is  okay  but  I  think  you  can  do  better.