My 5 image story!

As I begin another semester, it is time to get back to blogging and this semester it will be about Adolescent Literature! For our first assignment we were told to write a story using five images about our past as readers. So, here goes!!

In highschool I LOVED reading. Not only did I read absolutely everything that my teachers gave me, (except The Scarlet Letter, BLAH) I was always reading outside of class too. My favorite part of any class was free time because that meant I got to catch up on my book, one I usually had a hard time putting down. I got teased a lot by my classmates because they thought reading was “nerdy.” I know that sounds like it came straight from a movie or TV show, but it is completely true. I would have kids take my book and hide it from me or take my bookmark out and tell me that I needed to stop reading. If I had a really good book, sometimes I would stay home from school just so I could finish it. I was addicted to say the least.

I really became interested in reading when I was in the 4th grade. I began reading Kristen Heitzmann’s book series called The Rocky Mountain Legacy series.c23192 It is a series about a girl living in the West in the late 1800’s. It amazed me. I read all of the books in that series at least ten times. It was a very adventurous book and the main character, Abby, gets in a lot of mischief and she was the kind of free-spirited girl that I wanted to be. I was so excited when my mom got the books for me for my birthday and I didn’t have to check them out from the library all the time anymore. People were always confused why I always had the same books, but I guess they just didn’t understand what it was like to love a book so much that you have to keep reading it until you know all the ins and outs of the characters and the story itself. My teacher almost did not let me check out this book from the library because to was above the 4th grade reading level, but I am so glad that she did. Why should we not let students read what they are comfortable with anyway? Why constraint them to the standards put on for the average student?

PoetryShortly after I fell in love with reading books, I began loving poetry. I would read it and write it when ever I had free time, but to be honest, junior high poetry is not the best work I have ever done and those horrendous things are hidden far away from the rest of the world. I even began exploring all kinds of poets and poetry. My freshman English teacher was surprised at my extensive knowledge of sonnets when we started reading Shakespeare in her class. It was surprising to me that the rest of my peers did not know what they were, or even worse, who Shakespeare was! Nor did they care to know. They hated everything that we read in class and I loved it!

To Kill

To Kill A Mockingbird was a big eye-opener to me as a reader. Before we read this for class Freshman year, I had never read anything that had subtext and a real message embedded into it. I realized then that books aren’t only to entertain people, but to teach them things and for the reader to learn. Some authors write to educate and that is an awesome thing to do. It also amazed me that my classmates cared little what the point of the book was really about, but they kind of read it, so it was what ever I guess.

Title_page_for_The_Scarlet_Letter

We read The Scarlet Letter my junior year and that made me feel like I was really going to hate classic novels because I really did hate this one. It was so dry, and long, and the vocabulary was a little on the complex side. I hated it. I actually didn’t even read the whole thing and I slept in class when the teacher read it aloud, but it was super predictable so I was still able to BS my way through her questions about the book. At this point, my teachers and classmates both just expected me to answer all of the questions that the teachers asked in class, which was unfortunate for this book, but made me look really smart, so it was what ever. The bad thing was people always asking for help on their essays.

A_Tale_of_Two_Cities

The book that redeemed classic novels was A Tale Of Two Cities. It can also be argued that it is dry and boring and there is no character development (except for Sidney Carton) and it is too coincidental and all that other jazz, which is all true, but I loved it because Dickens wrote it to tell England, “HELLO, things are about to get bad here in ol’ England like they did in France! Fix it!” I thought that was pretty cool and even though Madame Defarge was super evil, I loved her character. She was definitely the most complex and interesting. And she was a woman in charge, so that was pretty cool too.

Anyway, in conclusion, I loved reading in high school and English was definitely the best major for me. Especially English Education since I am so passionate about reading and teaching. I know my students may not care for my passion, but I can try to get them to see how great literature can be!

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8 thoughts on “My 5 image story!

  1. I also love(d) reading about the 1800s era!! Something about it just draws me in. I loved the pioneer stories and Oregon Trail…something about the great adventure. My son seems to have that same interest as well.

    Very nicely done on your blog! I’m sure your students will be better off because of your passion for reading. 🙂

    Lindsay R

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  2. Jayden,

    Your enthusiasm for the classics will be super for the students – it will at least get them interested in taking a look.

    Like you, I was no fan of the Scarlet Letter…ugh. In fact, I didn’t like any of the classics I was forced to read in high school.

    I’m a Theatre geek and a Shakespeare nut – I love the look on student’s faces when I teach them how many of the books and movies they like today are based on Shakespeare! I also like Moliere for comedy plays! Sometimes the language of both is tough for students to read, but somehow it seems to click when they have an opportunity to see a play.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Vicky D
    “Peanut Butter Theater”

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  3. Jayden,

    P.S. “…so it was what ever I guess.” I loved this comment. I can almost hear you saying it in class – relaxed teacher?

    I have a clock, called the “Whatever” clock that was given to me when I was a stage manager. It was especially appropriate because one of the stage manager’s duties is to keep the show running on time, and giving the actors 15 and 5 minute warnings prior to the show. Come to think of it…now I wonder if they appreciated it or if they were giving me a hard time! lol

    Thanks for the reminder! 🙂

    Vicky D

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    1. I am a pretty relaxed person! My friends make fun of me a lot because when something bad happens to me I just shrug and say, “soo that’s pretty cool.” I enjoyed Shakespeare quite a bit as well, and it amazed me how many of my classmates in high school knew NOTHING about his plays. I convinced one girl that Romeo was a vampire and she believed me and then I told her vampires can’t die and she asked what that had to do with Romeo! (face palm). Anyway I guess you just have to have someone start the fire of interest in you for you to enjoy things such as classic literature.

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  4. I was pretty obsessed with pioneer stories too. I loved to play “Laura Ingalls Wilder.” I almost fainted in excitement the first time I drove to SD and saw the highway exit sign for DeSmet, “Little Town on the Prairie.” Sometimes when I’m driving to work, I’m still playing “Laura Ingalls Wilder” in my head! High school English classes sorely tested my love of reading. Since love of reading had nothing to do with those classes, and in fact, I remember having my book confiscated multiple times when I was caught reading what I wanted to read instead of what the teacher assigned!

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