How I Became Literate

Ms.   Hunter
111 26A
June 24, 2010

My Literary Experience
Literacy to me always meant simply reading, and writing.   Now that I think about it, I’ve become literate in many other ways besides the two. Those many other things include speaking, comprehending, and distinguishing between homonyms.   I think most people think about reading and writing when they hear the word “literate” because those are mainly associated with the term. To my amazement, the horizon of literacy can be expanded rather far.   My neighborhood, school, and music helped me become the very literate person I am today.

“It isn’t chunky it’s chucky!” I remember hearing my uncle say that to me when I would beg my mom to let me stay up and watch a scary movie called Chucky. Being around people that will never let you get away with mispronunciation helped me be a clear and fluent English speaker. I hate to be constantly corrected so I started paying close attention to words and how they are pronounced as well as their meanings. I also don’t like to sound uneducated which motivated me to ask my older relatives to differentiate between words that sounded alike and so forth and so on. I think it’s kind of funny how little things that happen at an early age can mold u into a certain way in your adolescent and even adult years.
I grew up in a neighborhood that was flowing with children. We played outside all day no matter   the weather. One friend I had we were inseperable. Her name was Mercedes and she loved to collect earthworms. I personally wasn’t thrilled about the situation but I did it and actually began to like it. This is just one of the many things she encouraged me to try that I ended up enjoying. Mercedes went to a different school and also was a grade higher than I was. The literature book she was issued at school called “Treasure”   had an interesting story in it that I could read but couldn’t   comprehend due to the fact that I didn’t know what a lot of the words meant.   When I...