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Starting With "I" : Personal Essays by Teenagers Paperback – June 1, 1997

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  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 920L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 199 pages
  • Publisher: Persea (June 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089255228X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892552283
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #886,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 9 Up. These 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 Connections?a marvelous empowering tool for young people to explore their feelings through writing?published 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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Youth Communication helps marginalized youth develop their full potential through reading and writing, so that they can succeed in school and at work and contribute to their communities.

We publish true stories by teens that are developed in a rigorous writing program. These stories are uniquely compelling to peers who do not see their experiences reflected in mainstream reading materials. They motivate teens to read and write, encourage good values, and show teens how to make positive changes in their lives. For teachers and other staff, our materials and training provide tools to understand and engage hard-to-reach teens while helping them improve their academic, social, and emotional skills.

Our work is grounded in the belief that reading and writing remain the best ways to stimulate the imagination and to encourage reflection and discussion. We believe that literate, thoughtful citizens are essential to the survival of a vibrant, democratic society.


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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By David C. Hubbs on December 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
As a high school English teacher, I am always pleasantly surprised by how receptive my students are to the essays in "Starting With I." This book is an excellent tool for teachers to demonstrate how powerful writing can be as a form of expression. When students learn that these essays were written by people their age, on issues that they value, they are not only anxious to read/hear more, they are also moved to write personal essays of their own. What's more, this is a powerful tool for encouraging revision and peer editing as the teen authors in the book discuss this process in a positive light. I have used this book with students in grades 9-12 and have always gotten positive results.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Kay Murphy VINE VOICE on August 20, 2007
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The individuals essays are great to share with students as a way of broadening their ideas about writing personal narratives. And, let's face it, they'd rather hear from their peers, no matter how famous or revered the person is whose essay is in the textbook.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 19, 1999
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I started reading this book in school and then I ordered it. It is a very good book, it shows things in different persepectives and it is from a teenagers view. It shows us teens that whats happening in our life isn't that uncommon. It shows the consquesnces when people chose that certain lifestyle. You should really read this.
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