Literacy in the Modern World

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Literature In the Modern World
When exploring what it means to read and write, it is easy to forget how valuable the knowledge of literacy is. People take for granted the fact that our whole world revolves around communication and that our main sources of communication are reading and writing. Whether I’ve realized it or not, involvement in reading and writing comes into play for all different scenarios. It is used for everyday tasks such as reading directions, writing a grocery list, interpretating an email, or checking Facebook. Through this I have noticed how much reading and writing I actually do. In effect, it plays a huge role in how I communicate with others as well. Since current perceptions on literacy are typically schoolwork related I want to begin to rethink what it actually means to read and write. I want to explore the different types of literacy that have shaped who I am and what perceptions I have of myself when it comes to the knowledge of literacy.

Throughout high school I strictly thought of reading and writing as a school related burden. I always viewed it with a narrow mind set because the fun of reading and writing was always overshadowed by the amount of mandatory work I had. Therefore, I typically had a poor attitude and struggled when it came down to writing a paper. Papers such as argumentative, persuasive, and research were just a few of the different kinds I was required to do. When getting started, I always had a tough time coming up with topics sentences and a thesis statement. I generally knew what I wanted to say, but getting it out into words was the hard part. I also had a hard time with transitioning paragraphs and concluding my papers. Reiterating what I had said in my introduction was always difficult. This could be part of the reason writing for school never excited me. It wasn’t until college application time that I found a school related writing type that made me see that writing could be enjoyable. After writing essay...
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