As you begin this essay writing process, reflect on your experiences and attitudes about reading and writing. Some of us have negative early experiences with reading and writing that have affected the ways we feel about reading and writing as adults. For others of us, reading and writing are treasured skills that come out of a childhood fascination with language and self-expression. Some of us have experienced the strangeness of language in a foreign country, while others have sat in a writing classroom and felt it little different from a foreign country – a place unfamiliar and remote. Regardless of our backgrounds, our ideas of literacy often become deeply engrained as good or bad without much thought from us as to how those views came to be. As a result, many of us have definitions of literacy – of reading and writing – that could benefit from a thoughtful and honest close self-examination.
Topic Choices:please play around with the following prompts as you choose your essay focus. If nothing good comes from these suggestions, play around with other ideas of your own related to your own reading and/or writing:
Narrate an early memory about writing or reading that you recall vividly. Then explain why this
event is significant to you now.
Describe someone who taught you to read or write and explain this person’s
significance in your life.
Identify a book or other text and explain its significance for you in your reading and writing.
Narrate an experience with a writing or reading task that you found (or still find) difficult or