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FALL 2017 ~ One Book, One College - Breath, Eyes, Memory: Faculty Resources

One Book, One College selection for Fall Semester 2017

For Faculty - Class Preparation Guide

We are honored to have the author, Edwidige Danticat visit Massasoit on November 7 & 8, 2017.

This class preparation guide is meant to help you navigate her body of work. Please invite your students to the event, and please consider teaching Breath, Eyes, Memory, or one of her interviews, short stories, children’s books in your classes!  I've created the class preparation guide below to assist you.  If you have any questions or need help brainstorming ways to incorporate her work into your class, please contact Dr. Daniel at 

Thank you,

Rachel Jessica Daniel, Ph.D.

Canvas - Library Course for Breath, Eyes, Memory

Historical Background

Book Themes

  • Haiti and Haitian culture
  • Immigration and emigration
  • Grit and determination
  • Personal identity
  • Empowerment
  • Resilience
  • Haiti - social conditions
  • Gender differences
  • Traditional role of women
  • Mother/Daughter relationships
  • Voudou religion

A Reading Discussion Guide

This document and guide was put together by the Massasoit Librarians.  It is a tool to use as a Reading Discussion guide for book discussion in your classes and/or informal book groups.  We've found that many times book discussions "run themselves" but it is often helpful for the teacher, leader, or facilitator to have some questions to keep things focused or start the conversation.  Enjoy!                                                                                                     

Author Interviews