Teaching Resources

Students in class

In tandem with developing a shared reading and conversational experience for students, the One Book Program also encourages a collaborative teaching community. Learn more about the themes and experiences described in the book.

In addition to the Teaching the One Book Program Brown Bag offered by the Center for Teaching and Learning, we have collected ideas from faculty across campus to offer a launching pad to generate ideas for your courses below.

The following are a few resources to go beyond the book, including discussion questions, classroom resources, links, and cultural resources.

If you create an assignment that proves to be effective for your class and would like to share it, please send it to Hellen Lee at onebook@csus.edu. We'll post it among the resources below!

Also, please check back on this page regularly since more information will be added as materials are developed and become available.

Center for Teaching and Learning Brown Bag: Teaching the One Book

Faculty are invited to a Brown Bag on “Teaching the One Book,” on Friday, September 12 at noon in the CTL conference room.

The Sacramento State University One Book Program has selected Sherman Alexie's Blasphemy (Grove, 2012) its 2014-2015 One Book. Alexie show­cases his many talents in the collection, where he unites fifteen beloved classics with fifteen new stories in one sweeping anthology for devoted fans and first-time readers. Included here are some of his most esteemed tales, including “What You Pawn I Will Redeem,” in which a homeless Indian man quests to win back a family heirloom; “This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona,” a road-trip morality tale; “The Toughest Indian in the World,” about a night shared between a writer and a hitchhiker; and his most recent, “War Dances,” about a man grappling with sudden hearing loss in the wake of his father’s death. Alexie’s new stories are fresh and quintessential, about donkey basket­ball leagues, lethal wind turbines, a twenty-four hour Asian manicure salon, good and bad marriages, and all species of warriors in America today.

The Brown Bag will be an opportunity for faculty members to learn about and share ways to incorporate the One Book into their courses as required or recommended readings or for for extra credit assignments.

Date: Friday, September 12, 2014
Time: noon
Location: CTL Conference Room, 4th floor, University Library

Students in class

Other Links and Resources

Here are a few links to get you started in developing your classes and lesson plans. If you come across other helpful links, please send them to onebook@csus.edu so that we can add them to the list!

Resources available at the University Library
  • Library Information and Resource Guide will be available soon
  • Multiple copies of the One Book are available through the University Library.

For more information

The following sites contain further information. The One Book Program does not necessarily endorse, support, or disagree with any of the sites included below. They are provided only as a point of departure for your own research as you prepare your classes.

Interviews and Readings


Blasphemy will be available in accessible formats from the office of Services to Students with Disabilities High Tech Center (SSWD). Please contact SSWD at sswd@csus.edu or (916) 278-6955 or (916) 278-7239 (TTY) for assistance.