Teaching Resources

Discussion Prompts   ♦   Curriculum Resources   ♦   Tools for Effective Discussions


Discussion Prompts

UO Common Reading Discussion Guide to Between the World and Me

UO Clark Honors College discussion forum

Random House Reading Guide to Between the World and Me by Rachael Hudak, Director of the Prison Education Program at New York University

Between the World and Me facilitation guide from UCLA’s Common Book Program

Quotes and questions: discussion prompts from four Coates quotes for the City Club of Eugene’s book chats

Discussion questions by Alexis Elafros, University of Central Florida

A social media book discussion on Between the World and Me, University of Michigan

A reading group discussion of Between and World and Me by Howard Rambsy II and students, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville


Curriculum Resources

UO Common Reading Teaching Guide to Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me by Sharon Kaplan, UO Common Reading Coordinator. Organized in three units, this resource offers over 20 specific teaching ideas, questions, and companion texts for exploring Coates’ work.

Four Activities & Assignments for Teaching Between the World and Me from UO Composition Instructor and TEP Peer Mentor Avinnash Tiwari

Between the World and Me: African American Artists Respond to Ta-Nehisi Coates: a guide to 12 contemporary artworks on race from the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art’s exhibition of the same name. Includes extension activities.

Between the World and Me Teacher’s Guide by Dr. Kimberly N. Parker, instructor of English, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in Cambridge, MA, for Penguin Random House

Index of People and Index of Places, Concepts, and Things referenced in Between the World and Me: resources compiled by Howard Rambsy II & Cynthia Campbell, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. For additional resources developed by Dr. Rambsy, contact the Teaching Engagement Program.

Writing for Change: more than 50 exercises from Teaching Tolerance exploring how American English reflects and reinforces systems of oppression in U.S. society

Civil Discourse in the Classroom: lessons to introduce educators to basic tools for teaching civil discourse from Teaching Tolerance

Between the World and Me Resources for High School Teachers


Tools for Effective Discussions

Strategies for Engaging with Emotions in the Classroom by Jason Schreiner, UO Teaching Engagement Program

Difficult Dialogues: Classroom discussion strategies for faculty from Vanderbilt University’s Center for Teaching

How to Talk to Kids About Race: Books and Resources that Can Help, by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

Tips for Facilitating a Meaningful Common Reading Discussion from UNC Wilmington