Joseph’s Big Ride
Discussion guide for Either the Beginning or the End of the World
Discussion Guides 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
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.
Additional Articles and Handouts:
“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.
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.