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I Write the Future Year 3

I Write the Future Anthology Year 3!

Read and reflect on the writing submissions selected for the I Write the Future Anthology for Year 3. ISAW teachers, if you want your students to read and reply with congratulations, comments, and connections, email CWP for log-on information. Link...

2012-2013 Call to Write

Download the PDFs above and calendar the deadlines for the publication and going public opportunities for Year 3. Start thinking of what you want to say and how you want to write it. Search the channels on the forum for ideas and perspectives. Try...

2012-2013 Special Call to Write

Students, if you are ready to dig a little deeper and think a little harder, the 2012-2013 Special Call to Write is an opportunity to read, reflect and write about education, schooling, and intolerance. Take a stand! Make a difference! Propose a...

Special 2013 Call to Write: Additional Resources

Be sure to download the 2013 Special Call to Write in the previous discussion. When you read through the document, in the Historical Resources and Contemporary Issues, you'll find lots of weblinks to explore and research. But you'll also find...

I Write the Future Year 2 Anthologies

2011-2012 I Write the Future Team

Follow this link to view a Flickr album of the 2011-2012 I Write the Future Team!
To read the writing that the I Write the Future team members contributed to all three 2011-2012 anthologies, click on the following PDFs to open each of them and print them out: When Intolerance Turns on Self; Intolerance Does Not Define or Deter...

I Write the Future Anthology and Highlights from Year One

To see the front row view that Sara gave team members of her performance of "The Story" and interview for Extra, link here. You can pick out Kristian Rodriguez, Jameka Henry, Denise Ros, and Natasha Smith standing right behind Sara.
Follow this link to view a flickr photo album from this very special day.
To put faces to the names of the students and their writing, link here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/californiawritingproject/sets/7215762653153...). To see how we were able to celebrate team members at our awards ceremony, link here (http://www....
To read the writing that the I Write the Future team members contributed to the 2010-2011 anthology, click on the PDF to open the document and print it out. We invite you to post congratulatory comments and compliments in response to any of the 27...

When Intolerance Turns on Self

What does your hair have to do with your self-image, your public image, your identity? "I Freed Myself When I Embraced My Locks" is a My Turn essay that captures one woman's internal debate about that question. If you can find a copy of House on...

“The Beauty Race,” Jeromey

Jeromey reflects on definitions and descriptions of beauty that are affected by race and how she learned to claim her own beauty.

“I am enough!” Sara Ramirez

When actress and singer Sara Ramirez was asked why she was so open about her previous eating disorders and why she was so public about her battles with body issues, she replied, " It's still something so many of us battle with, even someone on a hit...

“How to Talk to Little Girls,” Lisa Bloom

Lisa Bloom blogs about valuing female brains over physical beauty…and beginning to do that for girls at an early age. Should probably mean doing the same for males too, right? What do you think?

Anti-bullying Steps: Awareness to Understanding to Empathy to Action

For Spirit Day, 2011 Sara wrote: I really admire the person who stands up and says, "This is who I am. I was born this way." If only this world embraced our differences as much as it embraces the things we have in common. So to those who face...
“Wendy Walsh walked outside her house in Tehachapi, Calif., last year to find her son Seth hanging from a plum tree. The attempted suicide, which led to his death days later, occurred after the 13-year-old had urged his mother to pick him up from...
Members of the I Write the Future Team Year 1 inspired all of us to think more deeply about these issues last year. Read the following pieces from Chapter 4, Anti-Bullying Steps—Awareness to Understanding to Empathy to Action in the 2010-2011 I...
Hip hop dancers from the SickStep and Poreotics crews invite you to join them in writing a future without internet abuse and cyberbullying. Download the Call to Write above.

When Historical Intolerances Meet the Present

We live in a time when the news—history in the making—is available to us 24 hours a day, and it's available in print, online, on TV, and over satellite radio. In addition, more and more people are writing about the news, especially on blogs....
Herbst asserts that democracy “is impossible without the bravery it takes to express opinions and to do so civilly. The abilities to argue, to listen and create the nation together, are both foundational and non-negotiable.” What do you think of...
During his presidential campaign, President Obama gave speech titled "A More Perfect Union" that tells his own American story and addresses the racial issues and problems that have “stained” America’s history and strained the principles outlined in...
It would be hard for any of us to be unaware of the residual fear many in our country have after 9/11. Sadly, this fear has resulted in the inability for some to distinguish between Muslims and war-time enemies or terrorists. You may have studied a...

Intolerance Does NOT Define or Deter Me

What's the big deal with using the word "retard"?

John Franklin Stephens, a Special Olympics athlete and a Global Messenger for Special Olympics, wrote the two pieces attached to this discussion. He explains why using the "retard" is so hurtful to him as a man with Down Syndrome. The first piece,...
Members of the I Write the Future Team inspired all of us to think more deeply about these issues last year. Read the following pieces from Chapter 2, Intolerance Does NOT Define or Deter Me, and Chapter 3, Grappling with and Changing a Cultural...
Those of you who participated in Year 1 will recognize Sara's impassioned Call to Write. We sent Sara's "Call" out to teachers and schools across the state during Ally Week last year. Surveys showed us that over 78,000 students wrote in response to...
Read how ally and gay athletes are working to “combat homophobia in sports” by starting foundations and advocacy organizations. Download PDF above.

Writing Our Future

From the Hmong American Writer's Circle website: "Finding our place in literature has been a challenge. Although creative expression within Hmong history and culture is evident in our oral stories, oral poetry, textile art and the playing of various...
The writers of the poems and essays in Chapter 5 of the I Write the Future anthology pose several ways that they can write the future and make change: defining your identity rather than giving in to peer pressure, problem-solving with the help of...
“Poetry of Resilience is a documentary film by Academy Award-nominated director Katja Esson about six international poets who individually survived Hiroshima, the Holocaust, China’s Cultural Revolution, the Kurdish Genocide in Iraq, the Rwandan...
Read Teresa’s invitation to you to write your own poetry to remember and make change by downloading the Call to Write, the first PDF above. Read more of her poetry that has been published in two online collections (download PDFs above): Volume XXII...