Personal Literacy Essay For as long as I can remember literature has always played an important role in my life. As a young child, I can remember how excited I’d be at story time each night before bed. My interest in literature carried on throughout my school years… from kindergarten… when I was placed in the red bird group, which was the group of strongest readers…. to high school…when I had the benefit of being taught by one of the best English teachers ever, Ms. Irena King.
Now as an adult and professional, I am very appreciative of the literary foundation that was laid for me by my family and my teachers. I understand how important literacy is in everyday life. First, as a young child, literacy played a very important role in my life even before I could read. I was always fond of books of all kinds. Coloring books, magazines, and picture books…I loved them all. I remember each trip to the grocery store; I would always get a new “Little Golden Book”. I absolutely had to have the entire collection and would want them read to me each night before bed.
My favorite of this collection was “The Gingerbread Man”. I would sit for hours and look at the pictures. My mother would often encourage me to keep an interest in books. She always kept a subscription of “Highlights Magazine” for me and I would watch the mail each day in hopes that a new issue had arrived. As I grew older, my love for books did not change, but the type of books I wanted did. I had the largest collection of “Sweet Valley High” books and was a faithful subscriber to “Fresh Magazine”.
I think that these are some of my fondest memories from my childhood, and I am so appreciative of my family’s support of my passion for reading. Next, my interest for literature carried on from my early years to my school years. This was very evident when I started kindergarten. I vividly remember there were different groups within our kindergarten class. The Blue Birds were the weak readers, Yellow Birds were mediocre, and the Red Birds were the strongest readers. When I started kindergarten I was an emerging reader but that soon changed.
At the end of each day, my kindergarten teacher would play phonics records for us so that we could learn to blend sounds. This was my favorite part of the day. I wanted so badly to know how to read. I would practice over and over again until finally – I got it. I was one of the first readers in my class. I would read any and everything that was given to me. This continued throughout my school years. I would excel in all reading classes such as history and language. However, I was very weak in math. My favorite teacher was my high school English teacher, Ms.
Irena L. King. In tenth grade she not only introduced me to Shakespeare and poets such as Langston Hughes (who would become my son’s name sake), but she also taught me how to correctly structure an essay. These lessons would become lifelong assets and follow me throughout adulthood. For this, I am forever grateful. Finally, as an adult, literature has played a strong role in both my professional and personal life. As a professional, my ability to communicate and to express myself intelligently has proven to be very beneficial.
I have confidence in myself that I can communicate with some of the most intelligent people in any setting. I correctly use nouns and verbs and that I can express myself in an effective way. I feel that this strength has enabled me to obtain some of the best jobs and to be respected on them, as well. In my personal life, my appreciation for literacy has passed on to my child. I started buying him books even before he was born. I read to him each night before bed just as my mother would do for me. My son loves to take trips to the bookstore every Saturday, and the bookworm in me always obliges.
This is – by far – the most important factor in my literary journey. In summation, literacy has always been very important to me. From a young child who loved her “Little Golden Books at bed time to the teenager who could not wait for the next series of “Sweet Valley High”, literacy has always played a very important role in my life. As an adult, I can appreciate the importance of being a literate individual and credit literacy as the basis for my professional success. I am also very thankful that I have passed this important value down to the most important person in my life, my son.