Core I Essay: Literacy Narrative
ENC Valencia Students
My Love for Reading
The first books I ever started reading were Winnie the Pooh and Dr Suess books. When I was young my parents were really good about getting me started with reading different books and for a long time I loved reading, as long as it was books I got to choose and enjoyed reading myself. Once I got further along in school and they started mandating what books we had to read I got to the point where I didn’t find reading enjoyable any longer. I didn’t like most of the books my teachers were picking for us to read so I felt like I had to force myself to read them and it caused me to even stop reading books outside of school because it just wasn’t fun for me anymore. Until I got to the ninth grade, I had a wonderful teacher who made reading enjoyable again for me. Instead of just mandating what we had to read she would give us a few different options to pick from, and they were actually books that I found really interesting too. I still remember three of the first choices she gave us to pick from. They were Monster by Walter Dean Myers, Shattering Glass by Gail Giles and Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. Although we only had to pick one to read and then write a report on, I had the hardest time deciding which one I wanted to pick because they all seemed really interesting to me. I ended up deciding on Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson to do my report on, but I also ended up reading the other two books just because I wanted to as well. I believe because of that teacher she really helped me find my joy in reading again. Not long after that assignment though my mom moved us from Ohio to Florida, which definitely took a huge toll on me. I had lived my entire life in Ohio, and had several very close friends, and I was forced to leave in the middle of my ninth grade year and start all over in a completely different state. I remember my mom and stepdad...
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