I viewed reading as a chore, was often unenthused, and would mostly annotate on the overarching themes without gathering any meaning from them. Books were merely a series of words printed on paper. This school year, however, I began to understand the allure reading has to offer. I have grown to appreciate reading and the insights a book can offer. When reading our numerous texts, I was able to live vicariously through the characters of the books and relate aspects of their lives to my own. Because all of the books from English I pertain to coming of age, I was able to not only learn about maturation as a process, but understand how it pertains to my own life. Through protagonists such as Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye or Esperanza from The House on Mango Street, I learned about my “misguided desire to preserve childhood innocence” and to empower feminism similar to Holden and Esperanza respectively (Heart of Gold, Raghuram). Gradually, I have finally developed the ability to relate to novels and its characters amidst writing my own story.Whether it be thematic elements or the details of a case I am working on, I have become more observant to even the most trivial details. Now when I read, I not only look at the themes, motifs, and symbols, but also repeated phrases or situations that parallel each others as well as the symbolic meaning behind some ambiguous phrases or scenes. Reading now, in contrast to last summer, is a
In chapter 11 of Essentials, we looked at literature for a diverse society. The chapter stressed the importance of education for students that is multicultural and intercultural, and culturally critical. It states that children literature allows for this by providing the opportunity to immerse oneself in a story and gain insight into how people feel, live and think (p.215). One Green Apple is an exemplary example of this as it is told from the perspective of a young immigrant who speaks no English and is
Outside of the school, she worked hard to gain access to English. Her mother spoke some English, and her step-father was fluent in English. She also accessed English through her church’s youth group (Valdés, 2001, p. 95). These things gave her an advantage with interpersonal communication skills, but the school did not offer her enough access to academic language to become successful. During the school day, she had very little access to native English speakers that would have offered her models of English. This meant that all of her models for the language came from outside a school using nonacademic language. She was willing to work hard toward learning but was not given the opportunity to apply that work ethic towards something
Walking into my high school, I already had trouble understanding the language, and top of that, I constantly feared eyes judging me. I felt lonely and lost hope of living a joyful life similar to the one I experienced in India. At times, I grew frustrated with the criticism I received when I could not effectively express my thoughts, but today, I write papers and give presentations fluently. My tenacity disproved my judgment and I started believing anything is achievable with determination. When I acknowledged the criticisms and challenged myself to learn the language and make wonderful friends, a different me
In “Mother Tongue,” Amy Tan talks about how family has a big role in shaping our experiences in school; specifically, in English. Tan uses her own experiences with her mother. She states that she had been embarrassed by her mother’s “broken” English and as a result of her learning said “broken” English she had struggled in school which resulted in her teachers steering her more towards math and science.
Going through daily life being overlooked or misunderstood due to a language barrier is no small feat. Amy Tan wrote “Mother’s Tongue” to explain life growing up with a mother who’s second language was English. She discusses the difficulties she had in school, that her mother had faced with communication, and how she began her writing career. Tan developed a writing style that incorporated everything her mother had taught her to make a style that would be enjoyable for all readers.
She wants the audience to know right away that even though she is about to tell you the story of a difficult childhood, she did reach her goal in the end. After making this statement, Tan dives into her past and how she came to be where she is today. Her mother is the next most important point of discussion. Her mother influenced her writing style as well as her beliefs about her culture and heritage. ?Just last week, I was walking down the street with my mother, and I again found myself conscious of the English I was using, the English I do use with her? (Tan, 2002, p. 36). The broken up English her mother uses is the next issue Tan focuses on. ??everything is limited, including people?s perceptions of the limited English speaker? (Tan, 2002, p. 36). Lastly, she talks about her education and the role it had on her deciding what she wanted to do with her life. ?Fortunately, I happen to be rebellious in nature and enjoy the challenge of disproving assumptions made about me? (Tan, 2002, p. 39). By structuring the essay in order of importance, Tan reinforces her message that you can be anything you desire even with a different culture than the norm.
Reading contributes to a major part in a high school student's life. Whether it's reading a textbook, notes, a novel, or even posts on social medias, we are continually absorbing new information through reading. Canada Reads hosted by CBC has celebrated reading while distinguishing marvellous works of Canadian literature for the past fourteen years. This annual "Battle of the books" features five novels consisting of a common theme. Over a four day span representatives for each novel will debate why their book should become victorious. In the end they will have chosen one book they believe all Canadians should read. Taking part in this event was unremarkable. I was able to learn new things while simultaneously improving my reading and writing. Consequently, Canada Reads should become a part of the grade eleven curriculum due to its positive impact on high school students.
Reading contributes to a major part in a high school student's life. Whether it's reading a textbook, notes, a novel, or even posts on social media, we are continually absorbing new information through reading. Canada Reads hosted by CBC has been celebrating marvellous works of Canadian literature since 2002. This annual battle of the books features five novels consisting of a common theme. Each book is then defended by a representative, by the end of the four series podcast they will chose one book they believe all Canadians should read. Participating in this event was incredible. I was able to learn new things along with improving my reading and writing skills. Therefore, Canada Reads should become a part of the grade eleven curriculum due
Amber Wiltse’s literacy narrative begins with “How do you go from this… to this” (Wiltse 645). This beginning is effective in getting the reader's attention, along with conveying the author's message. Her combination of narrative writing and photographic visuals illustrates the way that literacy has influenced who she is today. Amber starts with a picture of her when she is a baby and then places a picture of her as a senior, she parallels the following caption with these photos “How Do You Go from this… to this? The answer is literacy” (Witse 645-646). This example shows how literacy has influenced her life, and helped her to mature, and grow into the women she was when she wrote her narrative. The photo of Amber’s brother and her embracing
The Valerie’s story represents the life of many immigrants who travel to others country in order to have a better life. Immigrant like Valerie face many challenging because of the language and low economic situation that forces them to work. Her story show how learning English is independent learning and how she expand their literacy skills by reading literature that show the value of her life . The story of Valerie indeed impressive . However, it is important to recognize that it is the case in many classrooms across America. The learning environment is the USA is far from the ideal , and there are many reforms to be implemented to increase the standards of the education and to ensure that everyone has the same opportunities regardless of
Moving to America was one thing, but with the language barrier between the immigrants and this foreign country, it creates a stagnant in their road to success. Min decided to go to the Art Institute of Chicago. However, nobody would take her without having her demonstrate the English language. It is a hard and lonely road. She didn’t get far without English. She taught herself English by watching Sesame Street. Learning English wasn’t her only struggle. She keeps herself afloat working five jobs at once and lives in unheated rooms. It wasn’t long until she attended school. When she was in school an English professor from her English 101 called her a “lousy writer with excellent material” (181). Professors criticized her but also acknowledged
Throughout my childhood, college education has always been a concept in the minds of my parents and I. As a result, it was my duty to excel in my studies and achieve that idea of having great success. In order to pursue that dream I had to learn how to read and write which had many ups and downs. Therefore, my youth was overtaken by many hours learning how to read and write in the correct “Standard” English.
In order for her to become an even better student, Sydney’s goal in English this year is to comprehend the text given to her, so she can get higher grades on tests and quizzes. Her writing goal is to work on her transitions, to make her sentences and paragraphs flow into one successful piece.
For the purpose of this assignment I chose Feruza, an Eritrean high school graduate. She was born and raised in Eritrea and came to live in Jeddah only five years ago. She studied English in an elementary school in Eritrea and continued studying it in an Eritrean International High School. She is not happy at all with what she has learnt during those years. She explained that during her elementary school years her teachers heavily focused on writing while neglecting speaking. When she continued her learning process here in Jeddah, her high school teachers focused only on speaking but not at the level she was expecting.