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They Absolutely Want to Write, By Marjie Bowker 

"What is your story?" Transform a standard narrative essay assignment by asking this one simple, heart-and-soul question. Once your students are engaged in purposeful storytelling, help them bring characters, settings, emotions and dialogue to life by inviting their senses into the process (SCEDS). The eleven lesson plans provided - along with student writing samples and graphic organizers - will help even the most reluctant writers achieve all of the Common Core State Standards for narrative structure and content while giving voice to their own life experiences.


This Is a Movement, 2017

Facing past trauma takes courage. By choosing to write, we at Scriber Lake High School are owning our stories--struggles with mental illness, addiction, and abuse both physical and mental--while granting others courage to do the same. Instead of allowing the past to define who we are, we are determining our own futures and providing hope for others struggling to do the same.


I'm Finally Awake, 2016

The Scriber Lake High School Writing Program in Edmonds, Washington uses writing as a powerful vehicle for change. The courage demonstrated by these students in their willingness to share experiences with homelessness, abuse, addiction and mental illness--matched by the outstanding writing in this collection--allows readers to enter perspectives crucial for understanding today's youth. By choosing to express their way toward healing and hope, they are giving others both permission and inspiration to join them.


Creating a Success Culture: Transforming our Schools One Question at a Time, By Marjie Bowker, 2015 

How do we create a school with heart and soul? A place that focuses more on supporting students' dreams for the future than getting through a curriculum? What if we change our conversations with students from transactions - which often maintain the status quo - to transformations, where nothing stays the same? The staff of Scriber Lake High School accepted a three-year challenge to imagine these possibilities and develop systems around them. We went on a journey to empower our disenfranchised students using 17 questions designed to bring them back into the center of their own education. This book contains the results of our collaborative effort.


We Hope You Rise Up
, 2015

Many people aren't aware of the challenges that teenagers are forced to deal with these days. We hope to change that. Following the nationally recognized We Are Absolutely Not Okay, You've Got It All Wrong and Behind Closed Doors comes the fourth collection of true stories from Scriber students - and this time we are rising up. We have all gained strength and perspective from our experiences with abuse, abandonment, drug addiction and the loss of loved ones. But we haven't given up hope for better days.


Behind Closed Doors: Stories from the Inside Out,

Closing the Door on Pain. Opening the Door to Hope. Following in the footsteps of the nationally recognized We Are Absolutely Not Okay and You've Got It All Wrong, this third true story collection by Scriber Lake High School students explores painful secrets: addiction, incarceration, sexual identity, broken families, abuse, poverty, and death. By giving readers an inside look at the life struggles they've faced, these students are closing the door on painful pasts and opening doors to hope and happiness. Through their personal narratives, they are also reaching out to other teenagers, to let them know they are not alone and that life gets better.


You’ve Got it All Wrong
, 2013

Druggie. Loser. Boozer. Dropout. Runaway. Delinquent. Slut. Labels can hurt and destroy-as the teen authors of this powerful true story collection know all too well. But are they true? Would you still think the same if you knew the challenges and circumstances these "labeled" teens have faced? In You've Got It All Wrong, twenty-one teenagers take readers into their lives as they struggle with homelessness, abandonment, death, addiction, abuse, and peer pressure. Through their narratives, they share the circumstances they faced and the decisions they made during their darkest hours. By revisiting their past and sharing their stories, these high school students are taking charge of their futures in a positive, powerful way. They are also reaching out to other teens to remind them that they aren't alone and that labels do not define who they are.


We Are Absolutely Not Okay,

Imagine being asked to pull a gun on a stranger. Or having a gun shoved in your face by the man you call stepdad. Envision feeling so depressed you cut yourself repeatedly or down a bottle of pills to make the pain go away. Consider what it takes to tell your parents that you are transgender, or what it feels like to have the dad you love addicted to meth. We Are Absolutely Not Okay is a collection of unsparing true stories written by fourteen teenagers who have experienced life at its darkest but have made it through and are now picking up the pieces. By writing and sharing their stories, they are coping with their past and seizing their future. They are also reaching out to other teenagers-to let them know that they are not alone and that even if their life now is Absolutely Not Okay, they have the power within themselves to make it better.


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