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Charles ThurstonEnglish 1101Literacy Ethnography

Some of my earliest literacys where developed when I was in first grade. When I was in first grade I lived in Hingham, MA and went to a school called Foster Elementary School. Reading, writing, and math where the first literacys that I developed. Fortunately my mother kept a box of my old school work from first grade and kindergarten. I looked through these things and picked out some key examples of how my literacys where developed. Reading was highly encouraged by my teacher. We read in school and were highly encouraged to read at home as well. I found a reading log from winter break. The log was for our parents to read to us each night over the break and write down the titles of the books they read to us and the dates that they read them on. Date:Title:

12/21Twelve Days of Christmas

12/22A Crickets Carol

12/23Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

12/24Twas the Night Before Christmas

12/25Oh Say Can You Seed

12/26I Spy Fun House

12/2720,000 Baseball Cards Under The Sea

12/28Tweetle Beetles

12/29Freddies Spaghetti

12/30I Can Read With My Eyes Shut



Even when reading was not assigned by the school, my mother and father would still read to me every night and teach me how to read. After they would read me a book I would try to read it back to them. My parents would help me each time I did not know a word or did not know how to pronounce something. If I did not know a word they would explain what it meant to me so I would be able to understand what I was reading. If I did not know how to pronounce a word they would teach me how to sound it out so I could figure out how to say other words on my own.Another source that helped me learn to read was a magazine that my school used to help teach. It was called Scholastic News. In this magazine we read about different things that where in each magazine each time it came out. At the end of each magazine were questions about the information in the articles to help us learn the information.

The next literacy that I began to develop was writing. I had a few papers that taught me how to write. I was first taught to right by copying words. We were given papers with words on them and we had to wright the word next to it. This was practice for learning how to write words and also helped us learn the words. Next we started learning how to spell using vowels. We were given work sheets with words that were missing the vowels and we had to right in the correct vowels. This is how I first started learning how to use letters to make words. The last thing that we did was writing whole words. We listened to words and had to write them down and spell them correctly. On an assignment that I found we had to spell four sets of words with three words in each set. The words in each set were all similar rhyming words to make it easier for us to learn how to spell.

The third literacy that I learned was math. I started the development of my math literacy by learning numbers. The first way I learned numbers was by writing them down in order. I have a worksheet where were given some of the numbers between 1 and 100 and we had to write in the rest of the numbers in order. This helped me learn my numbers and how to count. The next thing that I learned was how to add. I first learned to add by using symbols. I would use a symbol to represent a number. I would draw out the number of symbols for each number in the addition problem and then count the total number of symbols. The total number of symbols would be the result of the addition. For example if I was adding two numbers I could represent the first one with a square and the second with a triangle. Say the problem was 3+4. I would draw 3 squares and 4 triangles. I would then have a total of 7 shapes drawn so the answer would be 7. The next thing that I learned was how to use a chart. I have a worksheet that was a pictograph with Days of the week on the y-axis and Number of penguins studied on the x-axis. We had to read the chart and answer questions about it.