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Starting with "i": Personal Essays by Teenagers: Personal Essays by Teenagers
Getting a haircut. Going clothes shopping with your mother. Losing a favorite uncle to AIDS. Moving to a new neighborhood. These are just a few of the experiences--some ordinary, some extraordinary--that have inspired this book's young authors. First published in "New Youth Connections", a magazine for and by teens, these essays are frank and intimate, meant to be shared a ...more
Hardcover, 199 pages
Published June 1st 1997 by Turtleback Books
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Sep 20, 2010 Melissa rated it liked it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: teachers and high school students
I like that this book is a compilation of real personal essays by real high schoolers who live in an urban setting (Brooklyn). I wouldn't say that all of the essays are written well, but they are realistic and they've served as good conversation starters and examples for my students as we write personal narratives in class. My students (and I) really liked the essay, "A Girl Takes Control," and were hot and cold about "Revenge in the Hood." There are only a couple other essays I'm considering as ...more
Jun 25, 2007 Willow rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: teachers, teens and anyone that works with teens
I recently taught 9th graders about Gender Driscrimination and used several of the essays from this book. The kids LOVED them! Some asked for copies to take to friends of theirs. I'm reading the rest of the essays now. It makes for good Metro reading. Every Youth library should have this book in it. It has essays that explore many topics from the "N word" to vegetarianism. There's even a section at the end written by teens that gives writing advice for other teens.
Jun 29, 2010 Caitlin Muschenborn rated it liked it · review of another edition
Always nice to hear students telling their stories, but to be honest, only a few of these essays really caught my eye or my heart. Will definitely use some as models in my classroom; the interviews at the end of the text are particularly useful!