The Columbine Instructor/Teacher's Guide is intended for college or high school Humanities courses. It emphasizes analysis and critical thinking.
Most sections were designed to apply across departments. The BY COURSE menu button is the exception. More at Using the Guide (with examples).
Columbine is a vehicle to engage students analyticially on society, because it provokes such personal reactions. It feels like their lives. Most students can't remember the attack, but they all know the word. They are deeply curious. More.
Whole Book or Short Unit
Both approaches supported
Each analytical writing exercise addresses a limited reading selection. Page numbers are provided.
A more complete list than the chart
- English / Literature
- Creative Nonfiction
- Media Studies
- Religious Studies
- Contempoary History
- (High School) Social Studies
Teen Depression is the great unlearned lesson of Columbine. If you conduct just one discussion, please consider this topic.
Released November 2010
Edition 2.0 is simplified with a modular format, and expanded with new modules for Literature, Writing, and Psychology, and special modules, including Teen Depression.
- American Library Association Alex Award Finalist
- Top Education Book of 2009 — American School Board Journal
Hook their interest
Teachers report great success introducing the book with this 3-minute Columbine video:
The Columbine Instructor/Teacher's Guide was only possible because of you teachers, profs and students who wrote me with ideas. Thanks for all the suggestions. Keep them coming.
And thanks for teaching. I'm grateful for what you do.
What would you like added to the Columbine Instructor/Teacher's Guide? Let me know what you would like, and please send exercises, assignments, etc., which have been effective.
We hope to include more on films and music, since it's an easy way to engage kids. Many teachers have used Bowling for Columbine, but there are actually two much better films: April Showers and Zero Day. I highly recommend them.