Claudia Diaz
RED 4344 Methods of Teaching Reading
Early Years
By: Manuel Cofiño
When I was a very young child this was
my favorite book. I can clearly
remember reading this book over and
over again and enjoying everything
about it. At first my mom and my older
sister would read this book a loud to
me. Then, once I could sound out the
words on the page I was able to read it
to them. It was so much fun to be able
to read the book aloud to my family.
This colorful book that relates the story
of seven old ladies introduced me to
the world of reading and writing. This
book definitively holds a very special
place in my heart. I still have the
original book I read from, and I hope
my future children will be able to read
it too one day.
By: Norman Bridwell
When I first moved to the US, I did
not speak or understand a single
word of English. This was the first
book I ever read in English.
At first I was very nervous because I
was scared of the words on the
page. The words were strange and
very difficult to pronounce.
I remember the first time I read this
book. My sister and I sat down on
the couch and tried sounding out the
words and figure out their meanings.
I remember feeling proud when I
pronounced a word correctly or
understood what it meant. As I kept
reading more of the Clifford books,
my pronunciation and vocabulary
improved greatly. I love these books
because I learned English with them.
Middle School
By: Isabel Allende
When I was in my early teens I read
this book in Spanish and I absolutely
fell in love with it. This book sparked
my love for literature. I was
mesmerized by the way the words
would come alive and transport you
into the different stories within the
I can still remember how much I
enjoyed sitting in my back porch in
the afternoon while I read this book.
I’ve actually read this book several
times in both Spanish and in English
and each time I love it as much as the
very first time I read it.
Last semester, I took an English class
where we read this book and I had a
lot of fun analyzing and writing my
essay on this book.
High School
By: Zora Neale Hurston
I read this book when I was in high
school and I really enjoyed it. I really
liked how it told the story of the African
American people particularly focusing
on African American women. I like
Hurston’s stories because she writes
about the African American experience
which was a topic I had not read a lot of
and interested me greatly.
I remember when I first checked out this
book from the library. I went to the
library and as I was browsing some
books this one caught my eye. I opened
it and I read the first paragraph and I
was instantly hooked. I could not put
this book down. I love Hurston’s style of
writing because it is very beautiful and
poetic. I specially like this book because
it was the first work I read of hers.
By: J.M. Coetzee
I read this book last semester for one of
my classes and it instantly became one of
my favorite books. This book has left a
big impression on me because it dealt
with a subject that really interests me. It
really opened my mind up and made me
think about the way people interact with
one another.
I feel that this book is very important
because it illustrates how people can
mistreat others and how hate can
escalate into something much worse such
as the dehumanization of a group of
This book is outstanding an I would like to
read this book again. I like this book
because it carries an important message.
I feel that this book really prompts the
reader to reflect and examine the world
we live in.
I believe that this graph accurately
describes my learning styles.
I consider myself to be very musical. I
can remember song lyrics and melodies
easily. When I was learning English, I
would write down the lyrics to my
favorite songs and try to sing along.
This activity really helped me with
spelling, pronunciation and grammar.
I also like to study by myself. I like to sit
in a quiet place and read, write and or
draw. I keep a personal journal were I
write down my thoughts and feelings
regularly. I am also very organized, I like
to write down everything I have to do in
an agenda, so I make sure I can manage
my time effectively.
I am not so good with math or physical
activities such as sports. However, I
enjoy nature, so I like to take walks
around green areas and go to the beach.