Discussion Guides and Resources

Discussion guide for Either the Beginning or the End of the World:

Either-the-Beginning-or the End of the World Discussion Guide.

Readers’ Guides and Resources for The Good Braider

The Good Braider Blog   reading lists of books about Africa,  hear a South Sudanese rap star,  follow my journey in photos to Kakuma refugee camp at

The Good Braider, An Educator’s Guide  Portland High School ESOL teacher Thomas Talarico’s educator’s guide featuring vocabulary skill building and comprehension questions

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The Good Braider Discussion Guide

Good Braider Discussion Guide PDF  a Discussion Guide for community reads, book clubs, and classes

The “I’m Your Neighbor” Guide to The Good Braider with Questions that Connect Readers to their Communities

 

 

South Sudanese-American rapper OD’s music video tribute for The Good Braider with his original song, “A Girl From Juba.” It’s filmed on the streets of Portland with footage from  South Sudan.

Readers’ Guides and Resources for Educators

Readers’ Guides and Resources for Educators

An Open Book Foundation School Program

Literature of War  Reading List on “Literature of War for Children and Young Adults” created for the Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts conference with Lyn Miller-Lachmann and JL Powers.

Finding the Dove” Writing Workshop with English Langauge Learners – Reading List  The list includes a wide variety of readings to inspire students to tell their own stories.

Verse Novels that Offer the World Handout. Verse Novels that Offer the World, a reading list and sample writing prompts for a writing workshop I do. We read and write from lines of verse novels, perform readers theatre, and explore voices from  many cultures.

Why Verse?”  Verse Novels that Explore Displacement and culture and more Here is an article I wrote for School Library Journal after interviewing many writers of novels in verse and hearing many readers respond to the form.

Writing to Understand Cultures in Conflict A series of writing steps from free writes, mirror writing, and journal writing, building to an essay, poem, or story.

Readers’ Guides and Resources for The Good Braider

The Good Braider Blog   reading lists of books about Africa,  hear a South Sudanese rap star,  follow my journey in photos to Kakuma refugee camp at

The Good Braider, An Educator’s Guide  Portland High School ESOL teacher Thomas Talarico’s educator’s guide featuring vocabulary skill building and comprehension questions

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Good Braider Discussion Guide PDF  a Discussion Guide for community reads, book clubs, and classes

“I’m Your Neighbor” Reader’s Guide for The Good Braider created for the Portland (ME) City Reading Project  Curious City created this guide which includes ideas for engaging in community events and cultural explorations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“An Educator’s Guide” for The Good Braider

“An Educator’s Guide” for The Good Braider

 

Thomas Talarico,  author of “The Good Braider, An Educator’s Guide,”  teaches Talarico1English to immigrants and refugees at Portland High School in Maine.  The “Educator’s Guide” makes the novel accessible to immigrant and refugee students, themselves,  as they study to become proficient readers in English. Thomas links extension activities to Common Core Standards.

Detailed comprehension questions guide readers through the novel’s  three parts. Project ideas invite students to look more deeply into themes of the book.  One activity is to research and do a presentation about the many kinds of African braid.  Another activity is on the very hard theme of rape as an act of war. I am very grateful to have Thomas’s experienced eye on the novel to offer ways to make the book accessible  to readers and support them as they think about Viola’s difficult journey.

Thomas served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines where he lived with the Ifugao, a tribal minority who have terraced the steep mountain terrain and grow some of the country’s most delicious and traditional rice. Tom gets his inspiration from the many students who have shared their stories with him and have allowed him to be part of their young lives as they navigate high school and the multiple identities they are juggling. He is an amateur ethnobotanist and thrives on learning about plants when he travels.  As a Fulbright-Hays scholar in Mexico and Costa Rica, Tom developed an ethnobotany unit for English Language Learners. Tom can be reached at tomtal207@yahoo.com with comments and/or questions.

Here is “The Good Braider, An Educator’s Guide