Starting With "I": Personal Essays by Teenagers

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"Impressive in their candor and poignancy. Sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking.... a rich and varied collection."—School Library Journal
35 essays written by teenagers, plus writing and revision techniques.

Essays by teenagers about diverse issues, from racism, violence, and teen parenting to shopping for clothes and listening to music.

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Overview

"Impressive in their candor and poignancy. Sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking.... a rich and varied collection."—School Library Journal
35 essays written by teenagers, plus writing and revision techniques.

Essays by teenagers about diverse issues, from racism, violence, and teen parenting to shopping for clothes and listening to music.

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VOYA - Deborah L. Dubois
This collection of essays written by teenagers was originally published in Youth Connections, a magazine by young writers in New York. All of the essays are about deeply personal issues these young people have faced in their lives: AIDS, racism, sexual assault, homosexuality, child abuse, and immigration. The essays are organized into five categories: Close to Home-Essays About Family; Where I'm From-Essays About Places; It's Not Black and White-Essays About Race and Culture; He Said, She Said-Essays About Gender and Sexuality; and Becoming Who I Am-Essays About Choices. In the last chapter, six of the young authors share their ideas about the writing process. A subject guide and an index to the essays also are included. The intent of the editors is to get young people to look at their lives from a different perspective, and to encourage them to write about their lives in order to better understand themselves and the world around them. The introduction discusses the essay as a writing form and goes into some detail about the writing process. This and the advice from the young writers in the last chapter could be put to good use in high school writing classes. Students would enjoy reading the essays for the insight they give into the lives of other young people. Index. VOYA Codes: 4Q 3P S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, Will appeal with pushing, Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
School Library Journal
Gr 9 UpThese essays are impressive in their candor and poignancy. Sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, often brutally honest, the teens write about their lives and their surroundings in a series of short pieces covering family, race and culture, sexuality, violence, and basic soul searching. These selections originally appeared in a magazine called New Youth Connectionsa marvelous empowering tool for young people to explore their feelings through writingpublished by Youth Communication, a New York City nonprofit organization. Estepa and Kay seem to have a particular affinity toward the writings of young people and, through Youth Communication, have guided these gifted youngsters to experiment with and fine tune their skills. The result is a rich and varied collection with themes to which teens from all kinds of backgrounds will be able to relate. An inspiration to aspiring young authors and a great addition to any YA collection.Helen Rosenberg, St. Scholastica High School, Chicago, IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892552283
  • Publisher: Persea Books
  • Publication date: 6/1/1997
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 686,814
  • Lexile: 920L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: In the Face of Silence
Introduction
I Close to Home: Essays About Family
Brotherly Love 3
How to Survive Shopping with Mom 8
A Shortcut to Independence 12
My Father: I Want to Be Everything He's Not 17
Saying Goodbye to Uncle Nick 22
Dad's Home Cooking 28
Home Is Where the Hurt Is 33
II Where I'm From: Essays About Places
The Crew from the Parking Lot 43
At Home in Coney Island 47
Antigua: Almost Paradise 51
Chinese in New York, American in Beijing 54
A "Nice" Neighborhood...Where Nobody Knows My Name 59
Revenge in the Hood: A Deadly Game 63
III It's Not Black and White: Essays About Race and Culture
I Ain't Got No Culture 71
Yo, Hollywood! Where Are the Latinos At? 74
Color Me Different 78
The "N" Word: It Just Slips Out 83
My Lebanese Passport 87
Asian by Association 89
My Journey Home 94
IV He Said, She Said: Essays About Gender and Sexuality
Single and Lovin' It 103
Dream Girl 106
Tired of Being a Target 110
A Girl Takes Control 114
I Hated Myself 116
What Would You Do If I Was Gay? 126
My First Love: Too Much, Too Soon 129
V Becoming Who I Am: Essays About Choices
Becoming a Vegetarian: A Matter of Taste 137
A Designer Addiction 141
A Rap Fan's Alternative 145
Moving into the Mainstream 152
Climbing the Golden Arches 156
Growing into Fatherhood 160
My Road Doesn't Lead to College 165
Dorm Life Is Heaven 169
VI Speakout on Writing: Six young authors share their insights about the writing process 175
Subject Guide to Essays 183
Index to Essays by Form 189
Acknowledgments 192
About Youth Communication 195
About the Editors 199
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