Resources for Language Arts Teachers
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The Pongo Publishing Teen Writing Project - helps teens in distress (LGBT youth, and also incarcerated youth, street youth, hospitalized youth, etc.) write poetry about their lives. "The consistent theme of this creative work is early childhood trauma and loss, often in the form of neglect, abuse, abandonment, and family death. The poetry is powerful and poignant, and it describes experiences that have a profound effect on the authors and on our society." The Pongo web site has over 70 poems (note -- some are sexually explicit). Pongo prints teen poetry chapbooks that are distributed free to distressed youth and also to agencies, institutions, libraries, judges, therapists, etc.; and they give workshops in their teaching techniques to staff. Based in Seattle. Mailing address: PMB 155; 2701 California Ave. S.W.; Seattle, WA 98116; Email: email@example.com; Website: http://www.pongopublishing.org
The Revealers: by Doug Wilhelm (Examine bullying and student activism) From the Anti-Defamation League, to accompany the children's book by the same name: http://www.adl.org/education/curriculum_connections/winter_2005/The_Revealers.asp?cc_section=The_Revealers
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