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Part 2: Welcome to My World

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Activity 2A: Sources of Memoir
This American Life, Public Broadcasting Corporation, Ira Glass on Storytelling, #1, #2, #3, and #4.
Activity 2B: Writing Your Memoir
Anthologies of Student Voices
Atkin, S. Beth. (2000). Voices from the Fields: Children of Migrant Farmworkers Tell Their Stories. Boston: Little Brown. (Short memoirs based on interviews with students ranging in age from 9 to 18.)
  • “Fitting In” by Andrea Martinez, pp. 36–43: Eighteen-year-old Andrea Martinez talks about the difficulties of fitting into the Mexican community in the United States with her Zapotec Indian heritage.
  • “Life in a Gang” by Frank Rosas, pp. 56–63: Seventeen-year-old Frank Rosas discusses his involvement with gangs in Salinas, California.
Boas, Jacob (Ed.). (1996). We Are Witnesses: Five Diaries of Teenagers Who Died in the Holocaust. Foreword by Patricia C. McKissack. New York: Scholastic Inc.
Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee (Ed). (1993). Multitude: Cross-Cultural Readings for Writers. New York: McGraw-Hill.
Haynes, David, and Julie Landsman (Eds). (1998). Welcome to Your Life: Writings for the Heart of Young America. Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions.
  • Excerpt from “A Leak in the Heart” by Faye Moskowitz, pp. 17–20
  • “A Woman in April” by Andre Dubus, pp. 79–83
King, Laurie (Ed.). (1995). Hear My Voice: A Multicultural Anthology of Literature from the United States. Menlo Park, CA: Addison-Wesley.
The Adobe Youth Voices Web site includes interviews, memoir monologues, and theatre pieces written, directed, and taped by teens. includes blogs and multimedia stories written and produced by young people.