2 Why This Artifact?This PowerPoint is an essential aspect of my portfolio because it illustrates my growth in literacy as an individual. This is a reminder to me that literacy is a process that can take various paths, and as a literacy educator this should always be present in my instructional planning. This artifact demonstrates what I have come to discover as a literacy professional: literacy development rests on many socio-economic factors, and opportunity and access are crucial to literacy success.
3 BACKGROUND Country of birth Born to Guyanese parents of East Indian descent.The first of five childrenGrew up in a large, extended familyMostly traditional and culturally conservativeCountry of birth
4 Components of my Literacy Autobiography ListeningSpeakingReadingWriting
5 Listening Jumble of voices Mother sang old love songs Father sang old Hindi songsObserved the nuances of other people’s language and expressionsFather spoke “differently” when speaking to strangersStories and music on the radioLearned greatly from listening closely
6 Speaking Cultural Influences Development Always the “quiet” one First words: mamaSpoke fluently: 2 years old“Speak when you are spoken to”“Children should be seen and not heard”First public presentation – fear and embarrassmentFound my “voice” in late teensThough confidence came with motherhood, remain the “quiet” oneCultural InfluencesEast Indian, African, and BritishWords for foods, clothing, and ritualsResulted in a form of “pidgin” EnglishCode switching: Informal “English” at home with family and friends, and standard English at school and with strangers
7 Reading Learning the English alphabet. Images made letter-sound coordination easy to remember.Books with images and sentencesEx. Dick and Jane ReadersThen ………..
9 Reading Became a Passion MaterialsNewspapersMysteriesWesternsadventureRomanceMurder Mystery
10 Limitations After Marriage Social (no library services) Economic (couldn’t afford)Social (no library services)School (no library)After MarriageInformational texts, such as health magazinesReligion based textsNewspapers dominated readingInternet readingCollege required reading
11 Writing Early writing Letters of the alphabet Simple sentences Special moments or eventsLetters to family membersReflectionsI hated writingIt seemed like too much workHandwriting was atrociousJust couldn’t get it right
12 Later Writing Reflections Failed entrance writing first timeFirst English courseWriting about literatureGraduating seminar writingReflectionsStill hated writingAnxiety about college writingAmazement at my own writingRealizations about my own writingConfidence in my own writing