Learning to Read

Learning to read and write isn’t just about doing well in school. It’s also about personal development and the ability to lead a mindful and fulfilling life. Literacy skills like reading and writing shape one’s personality, beliefs, and goals.

A literacy narrative is a person’s story about how they learned to read and write. They talk about memorable experiences and how these experiences shaped who they are. The Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives at Ohio State University offers hundreds of personal literacy narratives in video and text format by students and teachers from all walks of life. The videos below offer a sample of the literacy narratives available in the Archive. Visit the Archive for more narratives and to share your own.


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