We are very pleased to announce the BORDERTOWN Study Guide for Teachers and Librarians, now up on BordertownSeries.com!
Now, we could use some help from you actual Teachers & Librarians (and students)!
Can you help us spread the word to your colleagues & peers? Suggest ways we can let others know about it?
Here is the basic description/introduction (from the online Guide itself):
Set in a gritty, diverse city that straddles the divide between the human world and the magical realm,Welcome to Bordertown provides an ideal backdrop for exploring the issues and ideas most vital to young adults in a classroom or extracurricular setting. Through more than twenty interconnected songs, poems, and stories, educators can use Welcome to Bordertown to generate discussions and activities around a number of topics, including race, disability, technology, immigration, sexuality, and gender.
This guide provides a range of discussion questions that can be modified for use with a wide variety of groups, including reading clubs, middle and high school classes, Gay-Straight Alliances, and other diversity and discussion-focused groups. Divided into General Discussion Questions, Story-Specific Discussion Questions, and Post-Reading Activities, this guide works best when paired with the Bordertown series website, which providessupplementary material for many of the discussion questions and activities.
Use this guide to:
- Introduce complex topics for debate and discussion;
- Encourage analysis of different writing styles and techniques;
- Deepen students' understanding of the ways fantasy can be used to explore real-world issues;
- Spur discussion of students' personal connections to the pieces;
- Provide students with prompts, tips, and inspiration for their own creative endeavors.
And of course, if we've missed anything, or anything needs improving, please let us know!
Many thanks for your help. Having this book be a genuinely useful tool for kids to explore these challenging topics and to connect with one another is one of the great goals of all the creators of the Bordertown series. Now that Welcome to Bordertown is available in paperback (as well as e-book), we hope it will be even more accessible to schools, libraries, and readers everywhere.
Kudos & thanks to Holly Black (blackholly) for editing, to Katharine Duckett for framing and introduction, to taraoshea for design, and to all the Welcome to Bordertown authors who so very kindly contributed questions.