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This page offers a Teacher Toolbox, a set of materials on the current KCC Reads book teachers can use, adapt or be inspired by: course syllabi, classroom exercises, assignments, exams, etc. In the English department, we have developed a number of such toolboxes that are used by members of our faculty—when teaching a course for the first time, for example, or when newly hired, and thus needing to familiarize themselves with assigned courses and with Kingsborough practices.

In connection with KCC Reads, we assemble this Teacher Toolbox for similar reasons. Many faculty adopting the book are teaching it for the first time. And so, this set of teaching materials can be most helpful.

Please read through the material below and use or adapt whatever parts are useful for your class. Know that this page is a work in progress. Any questions or ideas, suggestions for improvement, and, most especially, any additional teaching materials you have for inclusion in the Toolbox for Eating Animals would be very much appreciated. If so, please send them to us at:

KCC Reads

 Teacher Toolbox:  Just Kids

Class Materials  |  Online Resources  | Video Files  |  Audio Files  |  LINKS


~Teaching Materials & Readings: Individual Teachers & Classes~


A Listing of Themes and groups of themes in Just Kids put together by the KCC Reads Cohort -- in two formats:


Prof Maureen Fadem will use the following materials in connection with teaching Just Kids:

Readings on New York City to pair with Just Kids -- Course Packet used for Intro to Literature:

Readings on New York City to pair with Just Kids -- Course Packet used for Eng 93 (Developmental Comp):

Syllabus for Intro to Literature class:

New York City group of poems:

Langston Hughes group of poems:


Prof Meg Feeley has used the following essay prompts on Just KIds in her English 12 classes:


Prof Kieran Howard recommends using the following article in teaching Just Kids:


Prof Denise Lewis is using the following Discussion Questions on Just Kids in her English 91 class:

Helen-Margaret Nasser recommends an article on photography to be taught with Just Kids:


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~Online Teaching Resources~
"What Patti Smith Can Teach Us About Creative Courage," by Kyra Maya Phillips:

Patti Smith in Conversation on Just Kids, PBS News Hour:

Some Reviews of Just Kids:


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~Video File Teaching Aids~

'Just Kids': Punk Icon Patti Smith Looks Back, Fresh Air:

  Punk-poet Patti Smith reads from her new book 'Just Kids' before performing 'Because The Night'

Videos re: Patti Smith and Just Kids winning the National Book Award:

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~Audio File Teaching Aids~


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The Patti Smith
The GoodReads Page on Just Kids
The NPR Artist Page on Patti Smith:
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This Teacher Toolbox is always under construction -- please send us your materials, resources or suggestions!



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