For teachers, parents, and curious readers, I’ve put together a number of resources related to my books.
(Oh, and I’m available to do talks and/or Skype visits!)
Ghost of Ordinary Objects Series
Lesson plans and activities
- Book talk on the series (in Adobe Spark)
- Appalachian Folklore in Bone’s Gift (written by professor Tina Hanlon of Ferrum University) (Coming soon)
- Your Family Tree Activity – students get to explore Bone’s family and fill out their own family tree. (PDF)
- Bone’s Gift – an Appalachian storytelling game. A printable card game that teaches storytelling skills. (Coming soon)
- (Ghost) Stories of Ordinary Objects Activity – object (photos) prompts and mini-lesson plan for story writing. (Coming soon)
Books – Appalachian and Other Folktales
- The Jack Tales and Grandfather Tales by Richard Chase. Chase collected folktales in Southwest Virginia and western North Carolina in the late 1930s and compiled them into these two books.
- Virginia Folk Legends edited by Thomas Barden. These are some of the folktales and stories collected by the Virginia Writers’ Project from 1937-42. After the WPA workers collected them, the stories sat in storage for decades! Barden collected them into this volume.
- Virginia: A Guide to the Old Dominion. This travel guide was compiled by the writers of the Federal Writers Project. Unlike the folktales, though, this book was published in 1940.
- Origin of the Milky Way and Other Living Stories of the Cherokee by Barbara Duncan. She collected Cherokee folklore. The story of Forever Boy comes from this collection, and Duncan has several more.
Websites – Appalachian Folklore and History
- Resources for Readers and Teachers of Appalachian Literature for Children and Young Adults
- Appalachian History
- The Moonlit Road
- Stories: The History of Appalachia, One Story at a Time (Podcast)
- The Appalachians (PBS DVD) [Link to Part 1 on YouTube]
- How to pronounce Appalachian (and why) by Sharyn McCrumb
- The Virginia Writer’s Project – entry from the Encyclopedia of Virginia
- LOC Manuscripts from the Federal Writers’ Project
Websites – Coal Mining in SW Virginia
- Coal Mining Heritage Oral History Project – In the late 1990s, Radford University collected oral histories from locals who’d been involved in coal mining in the New River Valley. My great uncle Scotty (Leo Scott) was interviewed twice for the project.
- Beckley, WV Exhibition Coal Mine Park – During the summer months, you can tour this once working coal mine and the attached coal camp, including miners’ houses, school, and church.
- History of Coal Mining in Blacksburg – Exhibit at Blacksburg Museum (Info on exhibit in this Radford News Journal article)
- Coal Mining Heritage Park and Loop Trail – This Blacksburg park and trail were built to commemorate the Merrimac coal mines.
Memento Nora Series
- Memento Nora Project – (Now closed, but you may be able adapt materials to your classroom or book club.)
- Resources for creating comics.
- Low-tech challenge.
- Science of TFC.
- Inspirations for elements of the book.
- Discussion questions.
More coming soon. For now, see individual books!