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Journal Prompt 2

September 5, 2011

Reading Timeline:

This journal prompt has taken me way back, I even had to call my mom to try to remember what the first book I read was, and what kind of reader I was at a young age. Apparently, I had a hard time learning to read as a child. In fact, I was almost held back as a result of it. The reason I couldn’t read was because I refused to memorize the alphabet. I could say the alphabet, I just couldn’t match up the letters with the sounds and the words. However, once it clicked I was a great reader, and by 3rd grade I was on an 11th grade comprehension level and knew many complex literary concepts. The first books I ever read were “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle, and “Good Night Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown. In fact, I completely memorized “Good Night Moon”. I would say that these books made me like reading a lot. In lower school I was assigned the book “The Twenty-One Balloons” by William Pène du Bois. As far as I remember, I never wanted to put this book down until it was over, I absolutely loved it. Something like that had never happened to me up until this point, I actually did not want to put the book down, I was into it. This is the first book for school that I really liked, and it made me enjoy reading. On my own time, I would read books about inventions and “how to” books. I would try to build things, and I would always be doing an experiment with either legos, kinex, or electronic circuits. I loved using my imagination when I was little, I would pretend to be an astronaut, and read books about outer space. Once I reached middle school and high school the stories because somber, and the happy ending in stories no longer existed. In both middle school and high school I read the book “Farewell to Manzanar” by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston. This story had an adverse effect on me, I hated it. It was not only not interesting, but it was sad, and made me dislike reading. Not only did I dislike the story, but I also had to write a book report on it. That made things even worse. Now, I am in college, and I read everything that Dr. Holic assigns me to read. I also do a lot of reading online, I like to read about cars, conspiracy theories, psychology, new inventions, and even still, outer space.


Writing Timeline:

My first piece of writing was surely about my mom and dad, and was most likely written in crayon. I remember writing about what I am going to be like when I am old in 1st grade. I wrote that I am going to ride an electric wheelchair everywhere, and wear a leather jacket every day, and go really really fast. That was my idea of myself getting old, and it will probably come true, except the wheelchair will not be electric, it will be run by hydrogen fuel cell, or solar power. I really do like to read online, in fact, right after I wrote that my wheelchair would be run by hydrogen fuel cell, I went ahead and read the hydrogen fuel cell wikipedia page for ten minutes. In middle school I produced a ton of essays, but only two are worth mentioning. I wrote a very good essay for my bar mitzvah that I read to the congregation during the service. I also wrote an essay on lowering the driving age that was transformed into a speech and I came in 3rd place in a school wide speech competition. In high school I wrote no great essays that I can think of except for my college essay. I really put a lot of effort into my college essay, it says a lot about me and it is very well written. If I had to pick the most successful essay I have ever written I would have to go with my college essay.



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  1. nholic permalink

    Good discussion of your reading life. Excellent specificity, particularly in the first few paragraphs. But you have a tendency–toward the end of the prompt–to start speaking in generalizations about the many different things you read/write. Don’t worry about word counts. Don’t worry about trying to finish the prompt quickly. Keep writing with specificity, and you’ll uncover some interesting ideas and memories.


    • Thanks! Ok, I will try my best to do that. Was i supposed to reply to this? Do you want me to reply to all of your comments?

      Ryan Speier

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