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One Book Program

Teaching Resources

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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.

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 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.

September 10-October 15, 2014

DINE AND DISCUSS: Discussion Groups in the Dining Commons

Students in class

Do your students need a little extra time with the stories? Residential Life, First Year Experience, and One Book Program are joining together to provide opportunities for students to discuss this year's One Book, Weed Land, during the dinner hour. Each week until Author Day, September 30, Hellen Lee, literature faculty in the English Department, and student volunteers will be available to discuss individual stories. There will be time at the end of the hour to discuss other stories. This is open to all students; the only cost is for dinner at the Dining Commons.

Date: Wednesdays, September 2-October 15, 2014
Time: 5-6pm

Location: Dining Commons, small meeting room

Schedule of readings:

September 2, Weed Land, “The Way It Was Supposed to Be” and “Oaksterdam”
September 9, Weed Land, “Kush Rush” and “Reefer Research,” and “The Pot Docs”
September 16Weed Land “L.A. Excess,” “Wafting Widely,” and “Courting Compassion”
September 23Weed Land, “Martyrdom for Missionaries,” “Campaign for Cannabis,” and “A Mile High and Beyond”
September 30Weed Land, “Cultivating Trouble,” “Return of the Feds,” and “Back to the Garden”

For more information, please contact any Residential Life Coordinator or Assistant Director of Programming at Housing and Residential Life.

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 so that we can add them to the list!

Teaching Guide


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.

Author's Page



All author day events are accessible for wheelchairs and other mobility devices. The public evening lecture is accompanied by a sign language interpreter.

Weed Land is available in accessible formats. Please contact the High Tech Center of Services to Students with Disabilities (SSWD) at 916-278-7915. Please note that SSWD is only able to give access to alternative media for the One Book under certain conditions. Students must be registered with SSWD and be approved for alternative media accommodations at the High Tech Center. The One Book must required reading material and the student will need to provide proof of purchase. For more information, please contact SSWD at or (916) 278-6955 or (916) 278-7239 (TTY) for assistance.

The One Book is also available through the University Library. You may also purchase the book at the Hornet Bookstore and through major booksellers.