Literacy has been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember. I have to deal with literacy in my everyday life, whether I am going to school and taking an English class, or just reading the newspaper in the morning. The most memorable moment in my life which dealt with literacy is writing a research paper on Wilma Rudolph in the tenth grade. When writing this paper I had to make many sacrifices to make sure that I did everything I could to get the best grade on the paper I could. Before I even started writing this paper I promised myself that I would not go spend time with my friends or waste time sitting around the house watching television. I decided to spend all my time on completing my essay on Wilma Rudolph. If my teacher decided that I had the best paper in her class, I would be able to compete in the annual History Day competition in Sacramento, California. I really wanted to be in this competition so I had that extra drive and inspiration to do the best that I could. The three main things that I spent most of my time doing while writing this paper was going to the library to do research, talking to people that I thought my know a lot about Wilma Rudolph who have watched her compete, and decide what the main purpose of my essay should be and what I should and should not add to my essay.
After debating with myself for what seemed to be like forever, I did have one thing accomplished, the topic for my research report. Now I had to decide where I would get most of my information about her life and accomplishments from. The most obvious choice was to go to the library and do research on her. I already knew beforehand that she was a famous American track runner who had won multiple gold medals in the "100 meter dash." I needed to know much more then that to write a research paper about her so I went to all the local libraries trying to find out as much as I could about her.