642 Things to Write About

Young Writers' Edition

642 Things to Write About

Smart, funny & thought-provoking writing exercises.

From Me to We

Using Narrative Nonfiction to Broaden Student Perspectives

From Me to We

With this practical book, you’ll learn effective ways to engage students in reading and writing by teaching them narrative nonfiction. By engaging adolescents in narrative, literary, or creative nonfiction, they can cultivate a greater understanding of themselves, the world around them, and what it means to feel empathy for others. This book will guide you to first structure a reading unit around a narrative nonfiction text, and then develop lessons and activities for students to craft their own personal essays. Topics include: Engaging your students in the reading of a nonfiction narrative with collaborative chapter notes, empathy check-ins, and a mini-research paper to deepen students’ understanding; Helping your students identify meaningful life events, recount their experiences creatively, and construct effective opening and closing lines for their personal essays; Encouraging your students to use dialogue, outside research, and a clear plot structure to make their narrative nonfiction more compelling and polished. The strategies in this book are supplemented by examples of student work and snapshots from the author’s own classroom. The book also includes interviews with narrative nonfiction writers MK Asante and Johanna Bear. The appendices offer additional tips for using narrative nonfiction in English class, text and online resources for teaching narrative nonfiction, and a correlation chart between the activities in this book and the Common Core Standards.

Future Ready Creative Writing Projects

Future Ready Creative Writing Projects

Writing skills are important. Not only can writing be used to convey a meaning, but it can also be a means of being creative. Here, readers will learn some of the skills they need to master creative writing. Activities and clear examples help encourage students to come up with their own ideas. Basic story elements are explained in detail, allowing readers to understand the functioning principals of narration, plot, characters, setting, and more. Full-color photos and exciting language make readers eager to try their own hand at writing. Fast facts and sidebars bring new insight into the task of writing, while the glossary reinforces new vocabulary. A Further Reading section inspires further research.

642 Things About Me

Young Writer's and Artist's Edition

642 Things About Me


Oceans of Consolation

Personal Accounts of Irish Migration to Australia

Oceans of Consolation

"An ocean of consolation" was what one young Irish emigrant in rural Australia called a letter from his father in County Clare in 1855. Similar strength of feeling is often found in the intriguing letters that David Fitzpatrick has unearthed for this extraordinary collection. Oceans of Consolation offers historians and family researchers novel and sophisticated ways of reading old letters. It opens to us the daily preoccupations of ordinary women and men with little education and fewer material possessions, as they try to overcome the separation from family and friends created by emigration. Fitzpatrick includes the personal correspondence of fourteen families of Irish emigrants in the Australian colonies, giving equal attention to letters to and from Australia. He reproduces in full more than one hundred letters dating from 1843 to 1906, and includes a generous selection of contemporary engravings and photographs. Fitzpatrick's detailed commentaries offer biographical narratives for all of these emigrants, tracing their Irish backgrounds and Australian careers. Parting company with editors of comparable collections, he pays special attention to the words and idiom by which letterwriters expressed their everyday concerns and sought or offered reassurance and advice. He believes that personal letters provide not only unique evidence of the hopes and fears of emigrants but also an important avenue for exploring popular Irish culture.

Letters of Katherine Anne Porter

Letters of Katherine Anne Porter

Selected letters between Porter and fellow writers trace her development as a writer and reveal her outlook on life

Gender, Race, and Class in Media

A Text-Reader

Gender, Race, and Class in Media

Incisive analyses of mass media – including such forms as talk shows, MTV, the Internet, soap operas, television sitcoms, dramatic series, pornography, and advertising—enable this provocative new edition of Gender, Race and Class in Media to engage students in critical mass media scholarship. Issues of power related to gender, race, and class are integrated into a wide range of articles examining the economic and cultural implications of mass media as institutions, including the political economy of media production, textual analysis, and media consumption.

Poems for the Millennium

The University of California Book of Modern and Postmodern Poetry. Volume One: From Fin-de-Siècle to Negritude

Poems for the Millennium

Documents the revolutionary changes taking place throughout the vista of modern poetry with selections by such figures as Stein, Rilke, and Pound and sections that demonstrate various twentieth-century movements. Simultaneous. UP.

The Wig Diaries

The Wig Diaries

The Wig Diaries is Mary Ladd's debut disrespectful cancer book. Delivered with bold gallows humor, it intimately address the gravity of cancer and invites the reader to bear witness to both the horror and the joke(s). Armed with creative sensibility, Ladd robs her diagnosis of its dour weightiness. Refusing to tiptoe around the gnarlier elements of treatment and recovery, the narrative is powerful in its unvarnished honesty and contagious lust for life exemplified by hilarious anecdotes. A uniquely fresh modern and black comedy take on cancer Covers and pokes fun at everything from diagnosis to treatment to medical bills Illustrated by San Francisco Chronicle cartoonist Don Asmussen, who has cancer for the second time "I love this book."--Mary Roach, author of the books Grunt, Stiff, Spook, and Bonk "This looks like a hoot and a half. I want more."--Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket), author of A Series of Unfortunate Events "Clear-eyed, fun, and reassuring, it's the perfect guide!"--Vanessa Hua, author of A River of Stars and Deceit and Other Possibilities Fans of F*ck Cancer, Cancer is Funny and Healing Through Humor will love this book This book is perfect for Anyone diagnosed with cancer or going through cancer treatment Well-meaning friends and family of anyone diagnosed with cancer Medical professionals who deal with cancer patients Mary Ladd's writing has appeared in Playboy, Time Magazine/Extra Crispy, Health, the San Francisco Chronicle, and in five anthologies, including Lit Starts: Writing Humor from Abrams and the best-selling 642 Things series. You may have seen her onstage at the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, Breast Cancer Action, Bay Area Young Survivors (BAYS) and reading her first place essay for a Litquake contest. She is a Writers Grotto member who collaborated with Anthony Bourdain on his Bay Area episodes of No Reservations. Don Asmussen is the creator of Bad Reporter, a twice-weekly political comic strip in the San Francisco Chronicle that is syndicated by Universal Press Syndicate and the author of Dog vs. Cat: A Nation Divided and The San Francisco Comic Strip Book of Big-Ass Mocha.