Beacon Press: Teachers' Guides
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Teachers’ Guides

Beacon Press has developed a selection of teachers’ guides with discussion questions and suggested classroom activities. Titles are organized by fiction/nonfiction and alphabetized by author's last name within those categories. Please note that we also have a number of reading guides available for our titles which can be found on the book page, under the ‘Reading Group Guides’ tab.

We also offer discussion guides for Unitarian Universalist congregations.


Octavia Butler
Teacher's Guide: Kindred

Judith Ortiz Cofer
Teacher's Guide: The Meaning of Consuelo

Ruthanne Lum McCunn
Teacher's Guide: The Moon Pearl
Also available - Reading Guide: Thousand Pieces of Gold


William Ayers
Teachers' Guide: A Kind and Just Parent

Geoffrey Canada
Teachers' Guide: Fist Stick Knife Gun

Viktor E. Frankl
Teachers' Guide: Man's Search for Meaning

Rena Kornreich Gelissen and Heather Dune Macadam
Teachers' Guide: Rena's Promise

Kevin Jennings
Teachers' Guide: Mama's Boy, Preacher's Son

Martin Luther King, Jr.
NEW! Teacher's Guide: A Time to Break Silence (aligned with Common Core)
Teachers' Guide: Stride Toward Freedom
Teachers' Guide: Why We Can't Wait (PDF or HTML)

Michael Patrick MacDonald
Teachers' Guide: All Souls (PDF or HTML)

Danielle Ofri
Teachers' Guide: Singular Intimacies: Becoming a Doctor at Bellevue
Teachers' Guide: Incidental Findings: Lessons from My Patients in the Art of Medicine

Henry David Thoreau
Teachers' Guide: Walden

Linda K. Wertheimer
Teacher’s Guide: Faith Ed

Robin DiAngelo
Teacher’s Professional Development Guide: White Fragility

Paul Ortiz
Teacher’s Guide: An African American and Latinx History of the United States

Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz, adapters Debbie Reese and Jean Mendoza
Lesson Plan for Indigenous Peoples’s Day: An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People
Teacher’s Guide: An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People
Lesson Plan for Thanksgiving An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People