Teacher Resources


Natalie Lund taught middle and high school English in Houston, Texas for several years before pursuing a career in writing. As a teacher, she loved when authors and publishers provided book discussion guides because they made it one step easier for her to facilitate literature circles, book clubs, and Socratic seminars. She asked her friend and former colleague, Sarah Murphy Traylor, to develop a teacher resource guide for We Speak in Storms. Below, you can download this guide, which includes projects and activities; discussion and reflection questions; and additional resources on sexual abuse, bullying, social justice, and more. You’ll also find a bonus playlist to accompany the novel.

About the creator of the We Speak in Storms Teacher Resource Guide

Sarah Murphy Traylor taught middle school English for six years. She now coaches teachers and manages instructional coaches through Teaching Excellence, a teacher preparation and certification program at YES Prep Public Schools in Houston, Texas.


School Visits and Library Events

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Natalie was a wonderful speaker who had the kids (and adults) engaged in every word she said. The photos were especially powerful in this visual-driven world. Her stories behind the novel were so satisfying to those of us who read the book and tantalizing to those who hadn’t yet. She was so open and genuine about her experiences—truly inspiring!
— Jen Schanz, Oak Forest High School
Natalie had the students riveted! It is such a pleasure to see an author using her teaching experience to work the crowd. I spoke with several students afterward who appreciated that she shared her real life experiences with the publishing process.
— Cheryl Harris-Sumida, Oak Forest High School