Talking with Authors: I Am a Work in Progress
Grades: 9 - 12

Video Description: With great truth and heart, young adult authors explore complex issues of intersectional identity, racism and religious intolerance, sexuality, and mental health.

Type of Video: Interview*
Unique Video ID: Literature-135**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Use the video in conjunction with a student activity that has them writing stories specifically for a young adult audience. What insights do they gain from the authors and the discussion of the genre that they can use as they write their own stories?
  • Use the video as you study specific elements of story writing such as plot, character, or theme. What insights into those concepts do students gain from the interview that they could use in their writing?
  • Use the video as inspiration/example for an activity that has your students interview each other on writing they have done. Use the video to show interview styles, types of questions, and how a finished interview video could be edited together.


*Interviews feature extended conversation exploring fascinating topics with fascinating people in the area of study.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.