The importance of literacy skills
We are all well aware that literacy skills are essential in nowadays society. First, we learn to use and decipher the symbols of the alphabet. Once we have achieved this, we further build on this basic knowledge to acquire more and more advanced academic skills. So, in order to become a proficient writer, one must first be a fine reader. Yet, how many of us stopped to wonder how and when people started to represent language by means of signs.
How and when did people start to read and write?
Interestingly enough, people have first started to record numbers before words!
The first graphic representation of language is called proto-writing. One example of its forms of expression is cuneiform developed by the Sumerians around 3500 BC. Genuine writing systems however, appeared later on, first in Egypt around 3200 BC and then in China around 1200 BC and Mesoamerica around 3000 BC.
The alphabet we use is a descendant of Greek alphabet. In its turn, the Greek alphabet developed from Phoenician alphabet, which dates back to 1050 BC.
Read, write, race and win!
If you are looking for a chance to put your writing skills into practice, enter Shakespeare School Essay Competition! This year, you have the opportunity to write about a pass time activity very popular among teenagers: computer games! Visit our website for more details about our national writing contest . You can win the great prize, a 2-week summer camp to the UK, and many other wonderful prizes!!!
Good luck and may the best writers win!