Resources for Teachers

I enjoy interacting with all readers, but especially with young readers. Book talks are the best possible way to dive deeply into books. I make that claim based on decades of classroom experiences with many ages. I am proud to provide teaching guides for the three titles in the Norway trilogy here, as well as an adaptive guide for readers/learners needing more support.

Please do NOT consider the content of these guides as “assignments.”  Ideas included are offered as suggested starting points and should be used, ignored, or adjusted to meet needs of individual readers.

Just click on the downloadable PDF file for the material you want to consider.

For a short description of some programs I offer, click on the file below. I can customize programs to support education or organizational interests and objectives, but this provides a good starting point.

Visits and programs (PDF)

I welcome suggestions for other discussion possibilities and encourage teachers to share activities they’ve developed. Please click here to contact me. Before your ideas are shared here or in programs, I will contact you for your permission and provide full credit.


Standards develop from grade to grade, but the ELA Literacy Standards for fourth and fifth grade provided in the guides reflect the nature of the standards that are addressed in the above study guides and are well-suited to students in higher grades.

Suggested content and readability levels for ODIN’S PROMISE, BJORN’S GIFT, and MARI’S HOPE are grades five through eight, although they may be well-suited to individuals younger and older, including adults. The ability to read and engage with the stories depends, to a great extent, on background and interests. Occasional Norwegian and German expressions are supported by context but language-specific glossaries are provided in back matter in ach book.

Estimated readability for each title was established using this source.