Ever since grade school, reading and writing have been forced upon me and many other students. Like some of my peers, I didn't enjoy having to read and write more than twice a day. Despite my long exposure to english and countless and enthusiastic approaches from my teachers, my love for english never grew. Perhaps my dislike for english began when reading and writing was more than a chore rather than a hobby. Since kindergarden, my teachers would read to us everyday until we learned how to read, then we would have to read quietly in class. These class and silent reading sessions were supposed to open our minds and help us explore the world of reading and writing to be more creative but this was not the case with me. My mind was more active during our math and science lessons but we would only have these for about an hour or less. Math and science require logical thinking and most of the time the results are very similar while english and writing are subjective and we can have different opinions on the same subject and still be correct. Personally I am more of a logical thinker than a creative one. Up to this day, having to read and write is still a big priority in education plans, and just like it happened to me, it is being enforced on all students. In grade school, there was a system called A.R. that would quiz us on the books we had to read and instead of reading for enjoyment we would read to meet the requirement. If we did not meet the requirement every week we would
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Before I began elementary school, I enjoyed reading picture books, the touch and feel books and pop-up books. I loved the author Dr. Suess, because he was funny and because I loved the rhyming he did in his writing. I can remember before bed, my mom or dad would read to me until I got old enough to read myself. My mom has always enjoyed reading, if she is not reading a book, then she is reading a recipe or a magazine. My dad on the other hand, I have only seen him read one book, besides reading manuals for his tools. Reading was not a big deal in my house, all of us kids were told that we needed to read, but they did not force us to read. This brings me to Richard Rodriguez’s essay, in his household reading was not as important, but once he got to school, he realized that reading is one of the main activities. I can relate to Rodriguez because in either one of our households we weren’t told that we had to read before we did something else. Once I got to elementary school is when I realized that reading was not for me. Before school, I enjoyed reading, then once I began elementary school, I was forced to read, take tests over books, and read out loud in front of the class which made reading a chore.
The lack of interest in reading is due to many things, but tends to begin with young children. Schools and parents do not encourage their children to read for fun (Charleston). Parents do so because they were not taught to enjoy reading, or they do not have time. Schools, on the other hand, create an environment where reading becomes more of a chore than a fun activity (Denby). Schools do try to teach kids to enjoy reading, teachers will set times or page numbers for their students to read. A study on this method has shown that when told to only read a set amount of time or pages, children will only read the amount required by the teachers. The things that children read are normally not something they chose. This decision creates a hatred for reading in children, even if they loved to read before. “In many case, such as assignments make the students hate the book they have just read, no matter how
The first time I realized I enjoyed writing was when I read the book Coach Carter by Jasmine Jones. I know it sounds a little strange that I found out I enjoyed writing through reading, but in my mind it all makes sense. Reading allows individuals to see into other peoples lives and envision what they are living. Although I enjoy writing it was not something I was naturally very good at. However, as of right now I plan on trying my hardest to take the rules I have learned over time to apply to my writing to help improve it, along with any corrective criticism I can get. Something I find comfort in though is the idea that everybody has to start somewhere, and no matter where you start there is room for improvement and no one is perfect.
Suddenly, enjoying a book was not enough anymore. I had to analyze it and uncover hidden meanings. I had to pull out every metaphor and flip through the pages for similes and character descriptions. My reading pace slowed because I had to stop on every other page to mark something down or highlight a specific word. I often told my mother that I probably would have enjoyed reading required books more if they were not assigned for school. Annotation and analyzations and the tests that came with them became a hindrance to my reading. In the following years, I would have to read for my English classes over the summer, I did not get to. My joy and sheer excitement for reading had plummeted severely. I still enjoyed the act of reading itself but with the school’s required literature, in addition to receiving more difficult homework in other classes, I began running out of time to read for fun. The term “reading for fun” should not exist, because there is no reason a child should not have fun reading, even if it is for a school assignment. It seemed, and still seems to me, that teachers were more concerned with making their class challenging than how much their students could truly benefit from the course. School is, and should be, a place of learning, but learning should not be equivalent to completing an assignment for the sole purpose of passing
Being in elementary, reading junie b jones made me like to read. Then when middle school came I fell in love with books being able to read the bluford series, and the magic tree house books. Elementary had you like you it’s funny, it makes you think this is how books is really written all your life. Middle school i thought i was able to relate to the books that I read and that the message stood out to me. It made me read the books over and over again, which normally I don't do at all. As soon as highschool hits, they have you reading the most boring stuff ever for example fahrenheit 451, Dracula and many more. Then on top of that they have you reading passages in your test. Like we have all the time in the world to read them long unbelievable passages when class ends in like 40 minutes. The passages be like a whole book and the teacher be giving you little amount of time to do
Throughout my childhood while growing up. I was nowhere near interested in reading, nor writing. I have had struggles with these two subjects throughout my academic
I remember I would have competitions with myself to see how fast I could read a book. Slowly, as I got older I stopped reading and I could never figure out the reason why that was. I knew I still had a passion for reading, but I knew I could not find the time. The educational system does not provide choices, but repetitiveness. I could count on my hand the books that I truly enjoyed reading in school. I truly do love reading, so I will read anything put in front of me, but I can not speak on the behalf of others. I constantly hear students proclaim their hatred for reading, while in reality it is not reading in general, but what they are being forced to read. Reading books for school, is not what I consider reading. All students, in my opinion should have some type of passion for reading, no matter their level. Everyday I watch society and school slowly deteriorate our generations love of reading. I do not remember the last time I picked up and read a book, not because I don't want to, but because I can't. I can't because I am too busy reading and writing essays on a book I only read because I had no other choice. Readings such a magnificent thing, that is being pushed to the wayside and being forced on students by the educational system and its methods. The educational system could implement a passion for reading, by changing the criteria and letting us, the students
Starting from when I was young and to where I am today, I can tell you that I have a passion for reading. That’s right, from reading books at a young age to browsing on the internet today. I do enjoy what the perspective of the author of a book or a website is thinking of when they document their ideas. Of course I’m talking about the times when I get to read on my free time and not because I have to do it for the purpose of finishing a school assignment. Reading makes me lose all track of time because of how it introduces me to interesting topics, a way to see other people’s responses/opinions, and a perspective in how the author thinks.
Writing is a way to express your feelings on paper, a laptop, or any means of composing any piece of literature. Maya Angelou once wrote, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Whether it be through a narrative, a poem, a song, or a research paper writing allows you to express a multitude of emotions. By putting my pencil to paper or my fingers to a keyboard, I was always able to construct amazing stories. Though I have always had a passion for writing due to my mother, the continuously stressful demands put on me by teachers influence the way I currently write.
Certain individuals enjoy reading and use it as a getaway from everyday life; unfortunately, beginning at an early age, I had to read at a lower level than everyone else. I grew to despise reading and writing. Starting in grade school, when we were first taught to read, I had to be put in special classes to try and improve my reading and writing skills. Due to my lack of reading skills, it quickly separated me from the rest of my class which, consequently, made me dislike the English subject. The dislike for reading was because I had to work so much harder than anyone else to understand and complete my assignments. This was not the only instance of when I felt that I was not up to par with the
Writing has always been a crucial part of my life. Despite any issues I faced, from my penmanship to my versatility as a writer, I wasn’t going to let these dilemmas prevent me from accomplishing my goals. Prosperity never came easy and at times it did seem futile to continue trying, but defeat wasn’t an option. Reflecting on the obstacles I conquered, it’s because of the arduous process I endured that allowed me to evolve into the writer I am today.
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.” Author George R.R. Martin wrote this quote in his book A Dance with Dragons, which is included in the popular series A Song of Ice and Fire that inspire the “Game of Thrones” television show. To me, this quote speaks the truth of reading for me and countless others. I have always be an avid reader for along as I can remember, and I can leave the house without a book. However, my love of books need to start somewhere and with development in the love people can always find hardship. Now let me tell you about my love story with books.
My passion for reading is an aspect of me that has never failed to go unnoticed – it is hardly a surprise for those around me to see a book in my hand wherever I go, absorbed by a world that was not invented by me. As a result of this, I was recognised within school as my picture was placed on the wall in the English Department praising how much I read. As a child I wanted to become an author so the ability to enter somebody's thoughts through words on a page has always filled me with a genuine excitement. There is no doubt that an English degree at University is for me, I want to continue my love for the subject in depth and take this further to become a Secondary Teacher of English.
When you need a quiet place to read, study, or do homework, what comes to mind. I know most people will say the library. This is where I go to do homework, study, and write papers. A library has a lot of meaning to me because growing up, I went to the library to just read for fun or when I needed some time to myself. It is a quiet place where I can be alone with my thoughts. This is also where my passion for books and reading started. Since I was always in my school library, I one day decide to read a book. The first books that I read was the Magic Tree House series, the Bone comic books series and the Kingdom Heart manga series. I love and enjoy reading these chapter books, comics, and manga. I especially love the Harry Potter series and anything that Walter Dean Myers had written. JK Rowling and Walter Dean Myers are my favorite authors to read and enjoy. In general I am very comfortable with reading, books, and the library. They helped made me who I am as a person growing up and they still do. I remembered in middle school my English teacher told me after reading a book, you as a person change a little bit and you may not notice at first. I do believe that she was right and as I reflected back, books have changed me in a good way as a person.
School has had a large affect on not only the way I incorporate literacy into my everyday life, but how often I find myself wanting to participate in these activities. In middle school, and a bit into freshman year, I wrote and read for myself. I did this to make myself feel better if I was having a bad day, or to entertainment. Now, I find that not only do I have a very limited amount of time do these things for myself due to academics, but when I do have time, I don’t want to as much. As I take more challenging courses in school, I have found my want to read and write for pleasure dwindle significantly, as it has almost become a mundane task to complete for a grade. Writing argumentative essays over and over again,