Features

We invite you to enjoy the Feature Articles written by teen writers for current and recent issues of KidSpirit Magazine, and to submit your poetry, artwork and writing for our future issues.

The Heritage of Hollywood

by Grace Luckett

For generations, the Hollywood movie industry has arguably been one of the most influential forces in the media. A movie depicts what is bad and what is good. This message is usually fairly explicit, with characters that fit the archetype of “The Hero” and “The Villain” often and obviously, and plots that detail exactly who

Read the rest…

Festival of Flavors: Puran Poli (Stuffed Flatbread)

by Aditya Naik

This article is the last in a series called “Festival of Flavors.” For six weeks, kids around the world shared the family recipes that most evoke their heritage. Please visit this issue’s Table of Contents to read the other installments. Puran poli is a very special dish for the Marathi people of India. It is usually prepared as

Read the rest…

Festival of Flavors: Khausay (Spaghetti with Gravy and Potato Chips)

by Ammarah Imran

This article is the fifth in a series called “Festival of Flavors.” For six weeks, kids around the world share the family recipes that most evoke their heritage. Click here, here, here, and here to read the first four installments, and come back to KidSpirit next Monday to learn about a new recipe! I was

Read the rest…

Festival of Flavors: Chinese Mantou (Steamed Buns)

by Nathan Zhang

This article is the fourth in a series called “Festival of Flavors.” For six weeks, kids around the world share the family recipes that most evoke their heritage. Click here, here, and here to read the first three installments, and come back to KidSpirit every Monday to learn about a new recipe! Mantou, a steamed

Read the rest…

Festival of Flavors: Italian House Soup

by Grace Snarr

This article is the third in a series called “Festival of Flavors.” For six weeks, kids around the world will share the family recipes that most evoke their heritage. Click here and here to read the first two installments, and come back to KidSpirit every Monday to learn about a new recipe! Homemade Italian house

Read the rest…

Festival of Flavors: Kheer

by Akanksha Kudal

This article is the second in a series called “Festival of Flavors.” For six weeks, kids around the world will share the family recipes that most evoke their heritage. Click here to read the first installment, and come back to KidSpirit every Monday to learn about a new recipe! The recipe that makes me feel

Read the rest…

Festival of Flavors: Dumplings

by Valerie Zhang

This article is the first in a series called “Festival of Flavors.” For the next six weeks, kids around the world will share the family recipes that most evoke their heritage. Come back to KidSpirit every Monday to read the newest installment! As a Chinese American, I’ve always had difficulty connecting to my Chinese heritage.

Read the rest…

Heritage: A Malleable Identity

by Sharon Lin

When discussing heritage it’s important to keep a global perspective in mind. This is especially true in light of the rapid globalization that has occurred due to the technological boom of our recent years, giving way to a rapid conglomeration of cultures, even among the most culturally distinct regions of the world. While cultural boundaries can

Read the rest…

Pretend Power

by Hannah Berkowitz

The first time I noticed power was on a golf cart ride when I was in kindergarten. My father, to my frustration, told me to hold on tight to the cart’s frame, since I was riding backwards and without a seat belt. But my dad wasn’t the boss of me. He didn’t even know what

Read the rest…

What Lies at the Center

by Uday Schultz

  America calls itself the land of the free, a place where everyone can participate in the governing process, but in truth it has an underbelly pitted with the ulcers of corruption. Our nation’s history is peppered with these scandals large and small, yet many of them go undetected. Corruption has changed so much of

Read the rest…