Looking for materials for your classroom? Agate is now offering educator resources to accompany some of our titles! These standards-based guides include questions to gauge student comprehension along with prompts for writing and discussion, connections to creative projects and social emotional learning, and suggestions for additional reading.
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (for grades K-5)
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut is a high-spirited, engaging salute to the beautiful, raw, assured humanity of black boys and how they see themselves when they approve of their reflections in the mirror.
Much Ado: A Summer with a Repertory Theater Company (for grades 9-12)
Much Ado, written by award-winning journalist Michael Lenehan, gives readers an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at the lauded American Players Theatre’s 2014 production of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.
Lenehan weaves together firsthand observations and literary analysis with interviews with key members of the APT’s artistic ensemble and production staff, painting a remarkable portrait of one of our most treasured artistic institutions.
State (for grades 9-12)
Set against a backdrop of social change during the 1970s, State is a compelling first-person account of what it was like to live through both traditional gender discrimination in sports and the joy of the very first days of equality—or at least the closest that one high school girls’ basketball team ever came to it.
With the intimate insights of the girl who lived it, the pacing of a born storyteller, and the painstaking reporting of a veteran sports journalist, Isaacson chronicles one high school team’s journey to the state championship. In doing so, Isaacson shows us how a group of “tomboys” found themselves and each other, and how basketball rescued them from their collective frustrations and troubled homes and forever altered the course of their lives.