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Bookmarked: Teen Essays on Life and Literature from Tolkien to Twilight


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In more than 50 essays, young people from a wide range of backgrounds reflect on how words from literature connect with and influence their lives, goals, and personal philosophies. The essays explore topics including suffering the death of a parent, facing a life-threatening illness, letting go of perfectionism, making friends, realizing goals, and grappling with questions of faith and sexuality. Books cited range from The Grapes of Wrath and The Great Gatsby to Twilight and Lord of the Rings. Each essay includes a brief biographical sketch letting the reader know where the essay writer is today.

Teachers, guidance counselors, and parents working with teens on personal essays— including for college applications—will find that the book presents a varied, intriguing group of essays to use as samples, models, and inspiration. Teachers of literature, writing, and language arts classes can also use these essays as a way to help teens explore literature—and their own responses to it—through writing. Following each essay are questions to prompt conversation, writing, and deeper consideration of the issues raised. The back matter includes tips and ideas for teachers and teens on how to use the book, including ways to use it as a jumping-off point for creating personal essays.

About the Author

Ann Camacho has been an English teacher for more than 20 years. She currently teaches American literature at North High School in Riverside, California. Her students (and the student body as a whole) are very diverse, and many are in the school’s International Baccalaureate program and/or AP classes. Ann also participates in the AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) college preparation program for students (often, but not always, from low-income homes) who have college aspirations but are falling short of their potential or who don’t believe college is within reach. She lives in Riverside, California.

Table of Contents


Unregulated Friendliness: Ann Camacho

Chapter 1

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time given” —J.R.R. Tolkien

Essays on Beliefs and Ideals

Be the Change: Sameer Patel

The Measure You Give: Julio Sanchez

A Piece of Fruit: Andreea Tanase

A Hot Bath: Emili Lamph

No Royal Road: Karisa Booth

Man’s First Duty: James Roose

Common Sense Rounded Out: Sebastian Chiu

God Himself: Thomas Assali

Our Choices: Raymond Yeung

It Lights the Way: Koutibah Chihabi

All We Have to Decide: Greg Hice

And So . . . Questions for Reflection, Discussion, and Writing

Chapter 2

“S’pose you didn’t have nobody?” —John Steinbeck

Essays on Family, Friends, and Love

Miles to Go: Anthony Accuar

By Any Other Name: Jessica Trumble

So Little: Asma Patel

Am I Making Sense?: Alex Smith

Most of the Time: Saad Patel

See It Through: Rachele Honcharik

Good Is Good: Stephanie Treen

Gone Away: Akhila Pamula

The Whole Damn Bunch!: Michelle Lu

Honest Doubt: Yadira Navarro

Nobody: Zerka Wadood

And So . . . Questions for Reflection, Discussion, and Writing

Chapter 3

“Braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” —A.A. Milne

Essays on Hard Times and Hope

The World Belongs to You: Nooreya Shenghur

Only a Half Step: Roxanna Mohrdar

Words Are No Good: John Joanino

Nothing Beats a Failure: Archeé McDonald

Before I Met the Monster: Kristine Gierz

My Mother Is a Fish: Desiree Rogers

The Rest of the World: Kaylee Rangel

The Time of Your Life Jaclyn: Allavie

Where Is Your God?: Rickey Weaver

To Be or Not to Be: Ashleigh Greenstreet

Braver than You Believe: Vanessa Cazares

And So . . . Questions for Reflection, Discussion, and Writing

Chapter 4

“I am a red balloon.” —Sandra Cisneros

Essays on Identity and Self

A Matter of Infinite Hope: Jimmy Kollar

What Suits You: Adam Fletcher

Climb Into His Skin: Pricilla Nguyen

Different Drummer: Cory Scott

From a Single Spark: Zerghona Wadood

Place by the Window: A.J. Almaguer

When the Light Turns: Blue Ricky Dama

Majority Rule: Paul Gierz

Beautiful Fool: Kelly Nielsen

Shine Like Stars: Hsuanwei Fan

I Am a Red Balloon: Derek Ignatius

And So . . . Questions for Reflection, Discussion, and Writing

Chapter 5

“And did you dream of anything?” —Aldous Huxley

Essays on Goals, Dreams, and the Future

Watcher of the Skies: Quentin Burns

Reach Down and Take It: Max Baugh

Between the Tedious Spaces: Dina Assali

The Lost Game: Hongyu Chen

Missions Are Stupid: Sushana Ullah

Undirected: Andi Christmas

After the Spotlight: David Hunt

Good Luck!: Jeong Choi

Life Is Always a Sketch: Trent Smith

You’ll Move Mountains: I. Obi Emeruwa

Did You Dream?: Javier Moya

And So . . . Questions for Reflection, Discussion, and Writing

How to Use This Book—A Guide for Teachers and Leaders

Product Details

Teen Essays on Life and Literature from Tolkien to Twilight
Camacho, Ann
Free Spirit Publishing
Teen Nonfiction
Character education
Children s Young Adult-Biography
er Education
non fiction books for teens
Children s-Collections
character education; tolkien; literature
bookmarked, teeteen essays; twilight;
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
9 x 6 in
Age Level:
from 13

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