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					                                                                                     Elizebeth Wagner

                                                                                     Literary Narrative

                                                                                     English 467

                                                                                     October 15, 2011




        I have had many writing and reading experiences in my life and both reading and writing used to

be hard for me. I still struggle with them but I have gotten better. I want to discuss times where I have

struggled but I also want discuss the times in my life where writing has helped me cope with things. A

lot of these things are why I wanted to become a teacher. Also I will tell you how I have changed in

writing papers.


        In fourth grade I was in the lower reading level group. It made me feel like everyone was better

than me. Since I felt this way it made me have little to no confidence. I thought that everyone would

always read better than me and I might as well give up. Then I my teacher sat me down and told me

that I was just as smart as my classmates. I would just have to work harder than must. This is when I

decided I might not be the best but I am going to work my butt off. I started staying in with my teacher

instead of going outside for recess and when I could get a ride I stay after school. Each week I improved

and kept working hard. At the end of the year my teacher told me that she was proud of how hard I

worked and how much I improved. At the beginning of the year I read at a second grade level but by the

end I almost read at a fifth grade level which is where I was supposed to be. It was not all easy I had set

backs and I still do. Sometimes I go back to that little girl and think I should give up. I have realized that

I might have to read something twice so that I understand what I just read. Today it still takes me awhile

to read things but I love to read. Yes I get frustrated when everyone gets done before me but it is what

it is. This situation is one reason that I wanted to become a teacher I remember how much I struggled

and how low my self-esteem was. I want to impact students the way my fourth grade teacher did.

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        After this year I started to read more often, even when it was not required for a class. I felt

confident in reading long books on any subject. I love to find books and read them and at the end

feeling accomplished that I did. During the summer I work at a swimming pool as a concession worker.

In this job I have a lot of time to myself. I knew that I needed to find something to fill my time with or I

would fall asleep. I decided that I would bring a book to work every day and when I had time that I

would read. Over the ten weeks I worked there I read five books. This made me feel good since I only

read the books at work. I know read when I get a chance. Usually I read books over breaks and I read

assignments and textbooks during school time. I feel that I have become a better reader the more I

read.


        When it was hard for me to read it affected my writing. I could not put my thoughts into words.

Once I got more confident in reading I began to write better. Then I wanted to write all the time and put

how I felt on paper. I do not like to talk about my feelings I never have. People tell me that it is not

good to bottle your feelings. I knew that they were right so I started to write things out. On May 9th of

this year I found out that my best friend was killed in a car accident. She was on her lunch break and the

other vehicle veered into her lane and hit her head on. I did not know what to do. I cried a lot at the

viewing and funeral but after that I did not want people to see how I felt. I could not talk about it to

anyone. At this point I started to get to depressed I still did not want to talk about it. I felt sad, angry,

confused, and down. I thought that something needed to change but how would I talk about it when I

did not want to talk to people. So I started writing about what I felt and why I felt that way. I just wrote

and wrote. It was probably the worse written paper that I had ever written but it helped me cope. I still

have my ups and downs but when I get down I write. I have never been good about expresses my words

verbally but it is easy for me to put them on paper.




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        When I was in middle school I would write the rough draft and final draft the night before it was

due. I would do okay on the paper and I did not see the point in pre writing and writing multiple drafts.

I did not want to put the time in. This would change when I got to high school. I learn that if I wanted to

write a good paper then I would have to put the time in. This is where I started my writing process.

When I get the assignment I look at it and see what questions need answers. I break it down and then

research each question and jot down ideas. If I do not need to do research I will just write down my

ideas and brainstorm. Once I get my information and/or I am done brainstorming I write my

introduction paragraph. After that I write my rough draft which for me is what I want to be my final

draft. Next I read and edit my rough draft. At this point I might rearrange points or get rid of the draft

all together. This is where I also write down questions I feel need answered or ones that need to

clearer. Then I do more researching and brainstorming. At that time I rewrite my rough draft at least

one or two more times. Finally when I feel good about my rough draft I write it as my final draft. I know

that this is time consuming but it has made me a better writer.


        When I started college I was glad that I had gotten this process down. I feel like I was prepared

to write papers. In my first English class which was 109.01 with Professor Braun we had to write a

paper. People struggled at how to write it. This is when I started to jot ideas down and continue doing

my writing process. I got an A on the paper and I know I would not have done as well as I did if I had not

rewrote it three times. It took me awhile to realize that the writing process is important and not just

something that a teacher wants you to do to keep busy.


        I hope that when I become a teacher that I can impacted a student’s life like my teachers have

done for me. I also want to teach them that writing and reading takes practice and is harder for some.

Put time and effort into your work and be proud of it.




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         Writing and reading can help you in many ways. For me it helped me cope though loses in my

life. Reading helped me become a better reader and therefore a better student. You have to give it

time. Another thing that I mentioned is that your reading and writing style will change during your

lifetime hopefully for the best. All my writing and reading experiences have given me a lot of reason to

become a teacher. I am going to keep reading and writing because I love to do it and I want to get

better at it.




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