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Girls Speak Out: Finding Your True Self

by Andrea Johnston

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Student name: Salome Franco
group: 10b
date: 03/03/2014
Book Title: Girls speak out
Author: Andrea Johnston
Copyright Date:1999
number of pages:210

This is a book full of stories for motivationg thousands of girls that their rights have been vulnerated and as the tittle says they want to speak out,in the book they try build self-esteem and give voice to their true selves. In a series of workshops.

At the majority of the chapters of the book girls like Melisssa that sends her story by a letter saying that for being black she is being judged and also that se is having problems with her family so Andrea and her coworker Gloria Steinem talk about the importance of female influence trough history, also making poems for them and she says that supporting them and hearing all their problems is the way for motivating girls for change the history.
``Girls speak out``is an empowering source of strength and inspiration for girls of all ages and backgrounds
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Melanin pg 11 `` The more melanin,the more dark skin``
mel·a·nin (mĕl′ə-nĭn)
Any of a group of naturally occurring dark pigments, especially the pigment found in skin, hair, fur, and feathers.

Wisely pg 19 `` She nodded wisely``
wise 1 (wīz)
adj. wis·er, wis·est
Having the ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting; sagacious

Kilter pg 61 `` Wall,children what dar is so much racket dar mus be somethin out o kilter``
kilter (ˈkɪltə) or kelter
working order or alignment
Props pg 133 `` We have girls handed props``
prop 1 (prŏp)
1. An object placed beneath or against a structure to keep it from falling or shaking; a support.

Erupt: pg 175 `` Different conversations erupt all over the circle`` e·rupt (ĭ-rŭpt′)
v. e·rupt·ed, e·rupt·ing, e·rupts
1. To emerge violently from restraint or limits; explode:
  salofraga05 | Mar 3, 2014 |
I did not enjoy this book at all. This book is written to help girls identify with who they truly are. Johnston walks the reader through her workshops that she gives to young girls to help motivate them The workshop usually has women of all ages from adults to young girls, and they discuss topics like puberty, sexism, sexual abuse, divorce, and drug use. She includes excerpts from readings that she usually uses in her workshop and then has the women discuss. She brings ancient artifacts of women figures to her workshops for the women to discuss, and she includes sketches of them throughout the book. She also includes a description of them at the end of the book. She also includes a table of contents, a bibliography of the excerpts she uses, and a suggestion of further readings. She also includes writing from some of the girls and women who have attended her workshops. In the introduction it says that these workshops and the book are for girls from ages 9-15, but it also says that it is just a suggestion. Some of the topics are not appropriate for all nine-year-old girls, but at times some of the questions she asks the readers to think about seem juvenile. Also, the book comes across more as a commercial for Johnston's workshops. The book discusses multiple topics that may difficult for many girls to face, but it does not offer the girls any real suggestions for help. While a person may benefit from attending the workshop because she can see that she is not alone, it is difficult to grasp that solidarity from reading the book. An art teacher could use this book to discuss the different artifacts that appear throughout the book. An English teacher could use some of the excerpts that are included to introduce authors like Zora Neale Hurston, Sandra Cisneros, or Alice Walker. Also, the story "Finding the Green Stone" could be a great discussion piece on symbolism. Personally, I would not buy this book for my library, but I would use "Finding the Green Stone." I would try to find it in a different book though. ( )
  JLCasanova | Feb 11, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0590897950, Hardcover)

Challenges girls to take control of their own lives by offering strategies for coping with adolescence, poetry and stories written by girls who have participated in the Talks for Girls program, profiles of important women in history, and more.

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A handbook on self-esteem for girls. Based on a self-esteem & consciousness-raising workshop in which young women are encouraged to speak out & express their true feelings.

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