Donald Murray has said that there are many readers who never become writers, but that there has been no good writer who was not first a strong reader. Having experienced Merton, at a book sale I now head first of all for the nonfiction table labeled "Religion. The power of the imagination, I was learning, had no limits.
Personal reading history had the lucky accident of being born into a family with a father who loved to read. However, browsing in the library I learned that an exotic place could in fact be most any place I had never been—England, for example.
I gradually obtained a reputation for encyclopedic knowledge, a reputation I have kept to this day. As an aid to writing.
Here too, my favorites were ones that dealt with the experience of adventurers in exotic places: I did not confine my reading to comic books, however. When I was in the third grade, my teacher Mrs.
I still have a copy of The Seven Storey Mountain that is the same edition as the one I read when I was fifteen years old. I, for one, however, am grateful she had to courage to do so. Most of the significant reading of my life has been by accident, rather than by assignment.
I wanted to be like Merton. Whatever success I have had as a writer is based on my extensive reading. And there was another happy accident. Two boys who were somehow turned to ants and spent some time in an ant nest, fighting with their hosts against a rival nest of ants, wearing armor made of flax seeds.
Even though most of us know that Watergate was bad, Mrs. I was still reading adventures set in exotic places, but now, the exotic places had moved from the earth to interstellar space.
I can truthfully say that whatever success I have had in my life is due in no small part to reading. When I visited the Trappist monastery of Mepkin in low-country South Carolina my senior year, I was told I should go to college and study Latin first, as they expected that anyone planning to be a choir monk should know Latin.
Merton was brought up in France and England, and moved to America after failing college in England.My HistoryMy History as a Reader as a Reader as a Reader Part 1Part Use the prompts below to reflect on your history as a reader.
have of reading, being read to, or seeing someone read and ending with now. For each, note your age, the readers, titles. Let me give you a short history of my reading. I had the lucky accident of being born into a family with a father who loved to read.
Among my first memories of reading are the times my father read to my brother Sparky and me from his collection of Classics Comics. Personal Reading History Assignment Today, we're going to take a trip back through your life as a reader. In your mind, put aside the reading you're doing for school and go to a place where you have positive feelings about reading.
Aug 19, · How to Write a Personal History. Writing your personal history is something that you may do either as part of an application or as a literary endeavor. In a personal statement for an application, you will need to provide information about 71%(43).
Mar 04, · What’s Your Reading History? Reflecting on the Self as Reader. By Amanda Christy Brown and Katherine Schulten March 4, pm March 4, pm.
They culminate the personal reading history project through reading, writing and/or discussion. Materials.
Help students create a Personal Reading History by thinking about and depicting key events in their development as a reader. When students can reflect on and analyze their past reading experiences, it is easier to develop better reading skills in the future.Download