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My Literacy Narrative

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Megan Mahoney

on 25 August 2014

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Transcript of My Literacy Narrative

My Literacy Narrative
Middle School
High School
Literacy as an Adult
As as an adult, most of my reading and writing is done for my graduate school courses. I do, however, find the time to read the extremely well written classics of the moment, like
"Twilight"
and
"Fifty Shades of Grey"
.
My Literacy Journey Begins
Reading and writing have always been an important part of my life. I believe that most of my literacy skills were built and strengthened by my parents and home environment.
My father was a computer programmer, working long hours in his home office. He encouraged my computer literacy skills at an early age, keeping me up to date with many technological advancements.

My mother worked as a paraprofessional or teacher's assistant for many years in a Staten Island school. Because she worked in an educational institution, she emphasized the value of good literacy skills. She always read to my sisters and me, and encouraged us to read and write for pleasure.
There was a painting hanging in my living room for as long as I can remember. I loved the piece of art because it reminded me of my two sisters and me. There were many a night that we imitated this illustration, cuddling up together with a good book. My older sister was always the reader, and we would be enthralled by the stories she told as she changed her voice for each character. I have fond memories of these precious moments.
Grammar School
Teddy Ruxpin
was an educational toy that kept me busy for hours. He came with books and cassette tapes that had to be inserted into his back. As I turned the pages of his adventurous stories, Teddy would read along with me.
Me
Heathcliff the cat
There was always a map of the lands in the front of the books that laid out the areas that Teddy Ruxpin and his friends would travel. It was the first time I had seen a map before, and it gave me a great visual of Teddy's journeys.
"Sticky Stanley"
was a book on tape that I constantly listened to. The story was about a boy who eats too much candy, and winds up getting his sticky candy fingers stuck on everything and everyone that he comes into contact with. The narrator's voice was so animated that I got sucked into this silly story every time.
"Matilda"
was the first "long" book that I ever read. Everyone in my class was reading it on their own, and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. It is about a young girl that uses her magical powers to overcome her awful parents and heinous headmistress. Roald Dahl uses humor and descriptive language that had me hooked from the first page.
There are many books and toys that I had as a young child that built upon the foundation of my literacy skills. There are a few in each stage of my life that really stick out in my mind.
Shel Silverstein's book
"Where the Sidewalk Ends"
is filled with many wonderful poems. It definitely initiated my love of poetry.
My Favorite Poem
I have always been quite fond of spooky stories, and in junior high I would continuously borrow
"Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark"
from the town library. It is a book filled with gruesome tales, that I loved to scare my little sister with.
My favorite story was about a girl who always wore a green ribbon around her neck. When her husband asks her why she never takes it off, she says she cannot tell him yet. Finally on her deathbed she reveals her secret. She unties the ribbon, and her head falls off.
I would often enter story telling contests in my young adolescence. I would usually pick one of the Grimm's fairy tales to memorize, and present to my classmates.
I came in second place with this story!
"To Kill a Mockingbird"
is a novel that will always remain a favorite of mine. Despite its intense subject matter of inequality and rape, it is still a heartwarming tale that I loved studying.
When reading for pleasure, I loved James Patterson books. His mysteries kept me on the edge of my seat, and his love stories made me swoon.
I cried all night as I read this!
My focus now is to promote my daughter's literacy skills. I read to her every night, and play many educational games with her on the Ipad and computer. I hope she continues on a literacy journey similar to mine, filled with memorable books and experiences.
Reading at Barnes & Noble
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