non-fiction addiction(1)

Non-fiction for teens sure does have a bad rep. This monthly feature will introduce non-fiction titles that are fun and informative and hopefully bring to life the wealth of relevant and amazing titles that are out there. 

My So-Called Digital Life: 2,000 Teenagers, 300 Camera’s, and 30 Days to Document their World by Bob Pletka.

Pletka, a director of technology for Southern California’s Covina-Valley School District, organized a project with high-school students in his region. The students’ charge was to capture, with words and images, their lives during a month at school. Grouped into categories, the powerful student essays and photos address the trip to and from school, learning and the ways students play after school. The intimate images reach far beyond the headlines and hype about teen trends and emphasize the enormous pressures students face, beginning with their gruelling schedules–many pictures show the predawn commute to school. Equally affecting are the students’ frank critiques of the “dull, lifeless” teaching methods and the joy they find in dynamic classrooms. Adults and teens will come away stirred and enlightened by this raw, impressive student collaboration and by Pletka’s moving introduction, which challenges administrators to rethink how school is taught.

I came across this title during a program assignment and instantly fell in love. As a very amateur photographer myself this idea thrilled me. I think that photography is such an accessible and relevant way for teens to express themselves. As a teen I really enjoyed creating art through photographs and demonstrating to people how I saw things.

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2 Responses

  1. Outstanding work. You have brought in a recent regular reader. Please keep up the fabulous work and I look forward to more of your newsworthy posts.

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