World of Wonders educator resources
World of Wonders in the classroom
On this page, you’ll find links to request a desk copy, educator praise, discussion questions, information to request an Aimee Nezhukumatathil visit to your school, a sample curriculum, coloring pages, and video readings and events.
The forthcoming paperback of World of Wonders (publishing 4/16/2024) includes an interview with Aimee Nezhukumatathil and Ross Gay, Wonder Prompts, Suggested Essay Prompts, and Discussion Questions.
World of Wonders has reached thousands of students at over 120 schools through Common Read selections, as well as elementary, middle, high school, and higher education classes. Courses include Creative Writing, Reading and Writing, Ethnobotany, Biology, Honors Seminar, Environmental Justice, Creative Nonfiction, Environmental Literature, Human Identity and the Natural World, Literary Landscapes, Environmental Studies, and Personal Essay and Memoir.
From beloved, award-winning poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil comes a debut work of nonfiction—a collection of essays about the natural world, and the way its inhabitants can teach, support, and inspire us.
Sample discussion questions and essay prompts
Nezhukumatathil writes about her identity as an Asian American woman—often seen as an outsider by those around her. In what ways does she come to terms with feeling the pull to ‘blend’ in with her white classmates and friends?
World of Wonders speaks to the beauty and surprise of the natural world, along with the responsibility we hold toward it; Nezhukumatathil emphasizes the dangers facing nature as she wrestles with humanity’s impact on it. Where does her concern stem from? In what ways do you connect with her message?
Based on “The Potoo” Essay: When would you say is a time that you feel most “seen,” for who you are? When you need to “slow down,” or “be still,” what do you find helps you? What benefit can come from doing less, being still, looking inward, or taking a step back?
Do your own research on an animal or plant in nature and craft a personal essay that connects your own life to something about that plant or animal, while also paying careful attention to narrative and figurative language.
Thanks to Cliff Burke and Cristina Veresan at The Nueva School, we’re pleased to offer this World of Wonders curriculum, for grades 6-12. The “Wonder Essay Project” includes the full unit plan, chapter-by-chapter lessons, and classroom-ready supporting documents.