The instructor guide started last year as a 3-page PDF for English classes. We saw such an outpouring of interest that we dreamed bigger and started over. After months of development, and great input from teachers, profs and students, we now offer this cross-curriculum guide in modular format.
The new online version is simplified with drop-down menus to quickly find what you need. A 50-page PDF is available for printing.
- Quick Takes: Pre-reading activity, Vocabulary Builder, and Topics for discussions and student papers, etc.
- Questions: Choose 20 general questions, or a hundred detailed questions organized into categories like "Social Impact" and "Understanding the Killers."
- Exercises: Analytical writing exercises, creative writing exercises and group activity.
- Special Units: Teen Depression, Overcoming Adversity, and PTSD.
- Course-Specific Modules: Literature, Psychology and Creative Writing.
- Resources: A research tool, author bio, book summary, extensive bibliography, further reading, student guide, etc.
Click for a complete list of courses supported. A summary:
Teachers, principals and librarians considering the book may want to know that it was named to 22 Best of 2010 lists and won major awards, including the Edgar. Awards specific to education include:
- American Library Association Alex Award Finalist
- Top Education Book of 2009 — American School Board Journal
I continue skyping with schools, and doing in-person school assemblies. Info here.
Columbine Video Series
I created a set of Columbine videos for classroom discussion. Teachers report great success introducing the book with this 3-minute Columbine video:
You might also consider Columbine as a $10 Christmas gift--or put it on your wish list.