In the first paragraph, Alexie explains that he first learned to read with a Superman comic book when he was about 3 years old. But, before he could read a comic book, Alexie had taught himself about paragraphs and how he said that they related to the real world. Alexie began to think of everything in terms of paragraphs; such as he thought of his reservation he lived on was a paragraph within the United States. He also thought of his family as an essay of paragraphs, each family member existing as a separate paragraph but still common experiences and genetics linked them to each other. He taught himself to read the text by looking at the pictures, dialogue and narrative, and than pretending to say aloud what he thinks the story might be saying.
Jim Keenan English 101 It Puts The Lotion In The Basket As most kids gradually start to read more and more as they mature, I was one of the few who didn't learn to enjoy reading until senior year of highschool. The teachings of Tom Alessandri were the sole cause of my newfound appreciation for literature. All it takes is the inspiration of one individual to turn someone onto reading and writing. Tom Alessandri was the last highschool English teacher I had, taking his Science Fiction & Horror Literature class. While many people would be discouraged by the title of the class alone, I was intrigued and immediately signed up.
Essay 1 “Superman and Me” English 111 4/1/2014 I had the pleasure of reading “Superman and Me” by Sherman Alexie. I went into it thinking I was going to read an essay about a boy that had a fascination with Superman. I soon realized that it was more than just Superman the author was talking about. The author started off the essay with a short but descriptive sentenced “I learned to read with a Superman comic book” (582). I began to think that the author is now telling us how he began his journey or struggles of reading.
Because I saw decent results, I simply scanned through the results on the first three pages and found exactly what I needed. While reading through this information, I learned a great deal of information about Shel Silverstein, the beloved author. Sheldon Alan Silverstein was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1930. Silverstein described his youth as uncomfortable, and because of his awkwardness, he spent a lot of time alone writing and drawing (Means). Silverstein never intended to be a writer or artist, but his talents continued as he grew older.
We came from a small town in, Elyria, Ohio and I was the youngest of four children. Mr. Smith didn’t seem to care about what was going on in my home life and just wanted results. I remember turning in papers and they would come back marked up in read ink telling me all the mistakes I made, most of those mistakes where punctuations and spelling. I have never been a great speller and I remember in one of his assignments he had us do was to write an essay and hand out copies to out classmates for them to read. Before handing out my essay, I had Mr. Smith look my paper over to get his thoughts on how it read.
Sherman Alexie’s essay confirms and extends tough argument in character and success, “superman and me” discuss in his essay the experience he had when he was a boy living in the Indian reservation and how reading and writing greatly affected his life. This shorts story describes the young Indian boy’s fascination with literature, his intelligence as an Indian, and how he becomes a teacher of creative writing for Indian children. I believe that Sherman Alexis had the character traits to succeed in life. Sherman Alexie was an Indian boy who didn't really have anything going on in his life. His family literally worked pay-check to pay-check just to make ends meet.
Adrian Lara Period 1 8/29/12 Frank McCourt Vs. The Modern Teenager Frank McCourt’s love of and dedication to reading puts most modern day teenagers to shame. A general observation of teenagers today shows that reading on a daily basis is the least of their concerns. In the obituary of Frank McCourt, Lev Grossman, the writer of the article, talks about how hard McCourt’s life was as a child, as if it wasn’t evident with his book already. Reading was his only escape from the world around him.
Explain His choice of teaching himself read is an act of individuality. He saw his dad would spend his spare money on second handbook. Their whole house was filled with book. Just him trying to figure out what words are and trying to put it together he started out with superman. From seeing the pictures he would try and figure out if that what the words and speak out loud.
Ever since his brilliant insight, reading clicked for him. He was even able to take the concept of what paragraphs meant and compare them to real life This was a talent he grew up with and never gave up, as we know since he became a writer himself and now visits those schools hoping to enlighten those boys into the lifestyle he grew up livings with possibly even giving them the chance of survival. Sherman metaphorically gives us enlightenment that he is Superman. Just like how he saw Superman breaking through those doors in the comic book, he broke down those social barriers of a failing Indian in the non-Indian
When I eventually transferred to public schools, the issues that everyone overlooked because they were not an obvious problem for me really came back to haunt me when I was assigned any sort of extensive writing assignment. I continued to take reading classes in public school. Fortunately, I managed to get through my English classes and graduate high school never expecting to have to write any sort of paper again. While I thought that to be true for the first two years out of high school, that proved to be a poor mindset to have. June