Final Portfolio Submission 2.docx - Altman 1 Final Draft Alexa Altman Cooney Amber DC Composition 101 18 December 2018 Word Impact “I do not like

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Altman 1 Final Draft Alexa Altman Cooney, Amber DC Composition 101 18 December 2018 Word Impact “I do not like green eggs and ham, I do not like them Sam-I-Am.” Those were the first words I ever read. Or at least, that’s how I remember it. You see, I was never a very talented reader. Our teacher would give us an article and say, “Okay class, I want you to read this article, and when you’re done just set it down and look up at me.” I would start in on the first page. A minute passes by and I hear page turns. I look up frantically at my classmates. “Page 3,” I read. “Hold on a second, page three?!” says the scatterbrained voice in my head. I look back down at my paper to pick up where I left off. “Page 1.” Despite my set back I continue to read as I hear page turn after page turn. I look back up and see some students have already finished. “Why I am I so slow?” I thought. I’m on page seven out of ten but I skim through the rest to save time. I try and keep up with my partner next to me by reading maybe a sentence per paragraph and then close my packet to save myself the humiliation of being the last one finished. I wish I could tell you that I don’t still do this but I do. The thought of being last or simply not great at something scares me, and I don’t want to be laughed at. I’m seventeen years old and feel like I read at the speed of a third
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Altman 2 grader. It’s not that I physically can’t read but I get distracted and feel like I can’t focus on the text: so I re-read, or often times stare at a word because I’m just frozen and can’t seem to get things done. A big part of the problem is that I didn’t enjoy what I was reading and often hated it because I thought all books were a waste of time and were very boring. For me, I’m not a very imaginative person so when I’m reading about characters and can’t put a face to them it bothers me. I don’t like to use my imagination in this sense; I like to know who the people I’m reading about are. With that, the first “young adult” book I ever read truly for pleasure was Divergent. I’ll admit, I saw the movie before reading the book, but I think that’s what helped me. It gave me a sense of awe like, you can do this! This book I couldn’t seem to put down; it’s like it was glued
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  • Fall '16
  • Mr. Cooney
  • Writing, Personal Essay, Debut albums, High School Musical, Dyslexia, Alexa Altman

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