Dear Educator

I hope you’ll take advantage of this one-of-a kind, interactive educator guide for A Thousand Never Evers (Yearling, 2009). As a former teacher, I know how hard you work. There’s never enough time to create original lesson plans, grade all the homework, attend the parent meetings, referee fights, fight city hall—all at the same time!

So, I’ve designed this guide with you in mind. There are three basic sections: 1. Questions for discussion or for homework; 2. Video clips that feature my interviews with people who lived through civil rights history; 3. Web links so that your students can read more on subjects raised in each chapter. All of these will help get your students thinking critically.

The video clips are embedded beneath the questions for particular chapters. So for example, in chapter six of the book, Addie Ann has her first experience with the Klan. Following the chapter questions, there’s an interview with a woman whose grandfather took her to see a tree where they lynched black Americans. Each video clip is between 1 and 5 minutes.

For your convenience, I’ve created a page called All Video Clips, should you prefer to view them at once with your class. The total running time is 30 minutes.

I’ve also made the chapter-by-chapter questions available in a PDF file, should you prefer to print it out. This should be useful for students who don’t have online access at home or in a computer lab.

Because of the interactive nature of this guide, I hope your students will find it breaks the mold. Students with internet access at home or in a computer lab might work through the guide independently or in pairs.

If you do use it, I’d love to hear your feedback when you’re through. You can contact me at: shana @ And anything you can do to help me spread the word about the book and the guide–through teacher meetings, blogs, newsletters–would be greatly appreciated!

A thousand thanks for reading my book with your students!


Shana Burg


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