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ENGL 1101 Eaker Personal Literacy History Brainstorming 1. Who taught you to read and write?

List all that apply. My parents and all of my teachers from K-12 2. What kinds of writing did you enjoy when you were very young? I remember trying to write short stories a lot When I got bored with that, I started writing poetry. I think I wrote my first poem when I was in fourth grade. 3. What kinds of books did you enjoy when you were very young? One of my favorite books was Go Dog, Go. I would ask my mom to read me that all the time. I started reading it myself once I learned how to read. 4. Briefly describe your most vivid memory of reading at any age. I remember reading A Wrinkle in Time in 5th grade. I vaguely remember what it was about, but I do remember that I LOVED it. 5. Briefly describe your most vivid memory of writing at any age. I remember writing my first sonnet last year in English IV. While the teacher was telling the class about the project (which was not due for about a month), I sat there and began writing my first sonnet. I'm very passionate about poetry so I was really excited to try a style I hadn't written in before. Before the due date, I wrote five or six sonnets. I let my teacher read each one of them. He told me my first one was probably the best. 6. Briefly describe your earliest memory of reading? My earliest memory of reading is probably reading Go Dog, Go to myself. 7. Briefly describe your earliest memory of writing? I contributed to a book my whole first grade class wrote. It was entitled, "I Love A Book About Things We Love" and my teacher got it published and every student got a copy. If I'm remembering correctly, it was a parody of a book called, "I Love Mud and Mud Loves Me" or something to that effect 8. What sense did you get, when you were young, of the value of reading and writing? I think I really realized how important is was when I started learning cursive in third grade. That's also the first year I took the EOGs, which had a reading portion. 9. What frustrated you about reading and writing as you progressed through school?

I've never been a big fan of reading, so what frustrated me the most was that the older I got, the more I had to read in school 10. What pleased you about reading and writing as you progressed through school? Again, I've never been a big fan of reading, so nothing really "pleases" me about it; however, the thing I like most about poetry is that it's cathartic and it's a way to creatively express my thoughts and emotions. 11. What kind of reading do you most commonly do now? The most reading I do now (other than my Psychology book for Psych 1101), is reading texts and e-mails. 12. What kind of writing do you do most commonly now? Poetry 13. If you weren't in school, what would you read for pleasure? I would read Shakespeare's plays. I read King Lear for English IV last year and I fell in love with it. I got all of Shakespeare's plays for Christmas, but I haven't had the time And I definitely don't have the time now that I'm in college. Hopefully I'll get around to it eventually. 14. If you weren't in school, what would you write for pleasure? Yes. I write for pleasure even now that I AM in school. I just write poetry. And I e-mail one of my former teachers all the time because I miss talking to him every day. 15. Where do you think your feelings about and habits of writing and reading come from? What in your past has affected what you choose to read/write and whether or not you enjoy reading/writing? I don't know if writing abilities are genetic, but my father and my uncle are both poets. They are both published, as am I, and they're both in tune with their emotions. I have also had an enormous amount of heartache in my life, which I will not go into detail about, but most of that heartache is described in my poetry. If I didn't write poetry about what was on my heart and/or mind, I might have gone insane by now. I'm a singer also, but sometimes singing other peoples' words just doesn't help. It really helps me to be able to create my own work of art that I KNOW I can relate to because I wrote it. I haven't found a way to do that in anything else in life except for poetry It's the only thing I really, really enjoy. 16. What people in your life have influenced your reading and writing development in a positive way? My parents and my teachers. The most influential English teacher I've ever had is my English IV teacher, Mr. Reilly.

17. Briefly describe how each person you chose in the previous question influenced your reading and writing development in a positive way. Well, my parents are the ones who actually taught me to read and write in the first place, so I'd say that's a pretty "positive" way Mr. Reilly encouraged me to not settle for "good enough" and to ALWAYS strive to improve my writing. 18. What one person in your life has MOST influenced your reading and writing development in a positive way? Choose one. Mr. Reilly 19. Briefly describe how the one person you chose in the previous section has influenced your reading and writing development in a positive way. Mr. Reilly: He turned me into a "grammar Nazi," as some would say, and he taught me a lot of writing and reading, as well as life. He inspired me to be a better poet, also. He enjoys writing poetry too, so of course we had an instant connection. Every time I'd write a poem, I'd e-mail it to him and ask him for his input. I'd always be looking for ways to make my poetry BETTER. Once, I asked him in class what he thought of my poem and he said, "it was good." I just stared at him for a minute and said, "Um Okay But how can I make it better?????" I think he liked hearing a student ask that because he just smiled from ear to ear and started tearing apart my poem telling me what I could improve on. He also showed PASSION. He made it obvious that he was PASSIONATE about reading and writing. I think that passion rubbed off on me. 20. What people in your life have negatively affected your reading and writing development? Choose all that apply. I'm not sure I've had anyone negatively affect my reading and/or writing. Every teacher I've had has made me write something, which has improved my writing in some way. Other people in my life who haven't positively affected my reading/writing haven't really affected it at all. I don't think I've had anyone NEGATIVELY affect it, but I have had lots of people in my life who don't affect it at all. 21. Briefly describe how the people you chose in the previous question have negatively affected your reading and writing development. See question 20. 22. What one person in your life has MOST negatively affected your reading and writing development? Choose one. See question 20. 23. Briefly explain how the person you chose in the previous question MOST negatively affected your reading and writing development. See question 20.

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