Author Feature-Mary Lindsay



Spirit of Texas Reading Program-High School

Featured Author

Mary Lindsey 

Mary Lindsey

Shattered Souls & Fragile Spirits


Mary Lindsey says that writing is a natural expression of her love of reading and her fascination with the flexibility of the human imagination. Having received a B.A. in English literature with a minor in drama from the University of Houston, she currently teaches acting to children and teens at a private studio in Houston, Texas. Mary lives with her husband, three kids, two dogs, her daughter’s pet rats, an Australian bearded dragon and dozens of Madagascar hissing cockroaches.

 

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Book Quiz/Discussion Questions

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Shattered Souls (Book 1) by Mary Lindsey

 

  1. What would you have done in the situation where Lenzi is at the graveyard with Zak?
  2. Do you believe we have a soul?
  3. If so, how would you define “soul?”
  4. Would you rather be a speaker or protector? Why?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fragile Spirits (Book 2) by Mary Lindsey

 

  1. Do you think it is alright/ a good idea that Paul and Vivienne start a romantic relationship?
  2. What do you think about Cinda freezing up when Smith attacks Lenzi?  Do you think Maddi’s reaction is justified?
  3. Do you believe in ghosts? What about heaven or hell?
  4. What would you do if someone told you that they knew you in another life?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Academic Programs

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Research Journal


 

Activity 1: Galveston Storm of 1900 Narrative

 

Introduction

Shattered Souls and Fragile Spirits make several references to the Galveston Storm of 1900. Students will research and create a fictional, but historically accurate first person point of view narrative of what it would have been like to live and/or die in the Galveston Storm.

They should consider:

The effects of the storm in relation to the residents of Galveston;

The before, during and after preparation, survival methods;

What happened to those who could not get to safety;

The aftermath.

 

TEKS

English 1 - 8, 10 A, 11 B, 12 A-D, 13 A-E, 14 A-C, 15 C, 17 A-C, 18 A-B, 20 A-B, 21 A-C, 22 A-C, 23 A-E, 24 A-C

World Geography Students – c(8)Geography(B)

 

Books to Display

Horrors of History: City of the Dead: Galveston Hurricane, 1900 by T. Neill Anderson

Galveston and the 1900 Storm by Patricia Bellis Bixel and Elizabeth Hayes Turner

Story of the 1900 Galveston Hurricane edited by Nathan C. Green

Through a Night of Horrors: Voices from the 1900 Galveston Storm edited by Casey Edward Greene and Shelly Henley Kelly

Dark Water Rising by Marian Hale

Isaac's Storm: a Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History by Erik Larson

Galveston: A City on Stilts by Jodi Wright-Gidley and Jennifer Marines

 

Supply List

Access to computers for word processing and research

Notebook paper

Writing utensil

Student Research Journal

 

Detailed Description of Activity

Students will research the Galveston Storm of 1900. Through the use of informational/nonfiction texts, scholarly journals, news articles, websites, and subscribed databases through the school/public library students will look for details of life before the storm, what it was like during the storm, and how the populace and city endured afterward.

 

Using the research acquired, students will write a first person narrative as though they lived through the storm; using specific details of the time period.

 

Specific guidelines can be established by the classroom teacher or school librarian.

 

Activity Resources

Websites students can use to begin their research:

Texas State Historical Association: https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/ydg02

The 1900 Storm : http://www.1900storm.com/

NOAA History: http://www.history.noaa.gov/stories_tales/cline2.html

Student Research Journal

 

Activity 1: Resources for Teens, Teachers & Librarians

Teens, Teachers and Librarians can utilize pre-made rubrics to assist in writing/grading/evaluating:

 

Student Friendly Rubric:

https://www.killeenisd.org/departmentDocs/c960/documents/StudentFriendlyRubrics.pdf

 

Teachers/Librarians:

Common Core Writing Rubric: 

http://www.schoolimprovement.com/docs/Common%20Core%20Rubrics_Gr11-12.pdf

 

Texas STAAR Writing Rubric:

http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/staar/writing/

 

Activity 2: Killer Research

 

Introduction

After reading the duology, students will conduct research on a convicted serial killer.

 

TEKS

English 1 - 8, 10 A, 11 B, 12 A-D, 13 A-E, 14 A-C, 15 C, 17 A-C, 18 A-B, 20 A-B, 21 A-C, 22 A-C, 23 A-E, 24 A-C

 

Books to Display

Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender

The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender

Diviners by Libba Bray

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Harmony House by Nic Sheff

The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

Liv, Forever by Amy Talkington

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

 

Supply List

Access to computers for word processing and research

Notebook paper

Writing utensil

Student Research Journal

 

Detailed Description of Activity

Students choose a convicted serial killer to research.

The following must be included:

Biographical information

Criminal activity

Characterization of the serial killer they have chosen

Bibliography of sources used (teacher/librarian can ultimately decide how many of what type of resource are required)

Final product can be a research paper, MS PowerPoint, Prezi, etc. (teacher/librarian can determine the length of the paper or the total slides for other presentations)

 

Activity Resources

Student Research Journal

 

Resources for Teens, Teachers & Librarians

Teens, Teachers and Librarians can utilize pre-made rubrics to assist in writing/grading/evaluating:

 Student Friendly Rubic: 

https://www.killeenisd.org/departmentDocs/c960/documents/StudentFriendlyRubrics.pdf

 

Teachers/Librarians:

Common Core Rubric:

http://www.schoolimprovement.com/docs/Common%20Core%20Rubrics_Gr11-12.pdf

 

Texas STAAR Writing Rubric:

http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/staar/writing/

 

 

Activity 3: Revenge…What’s the point?

 

Introduction

In response to the act of revenge carried out by the malevolent spirit in Fragile Spirits, students will write a persuasive essay expressing what they believe in regards to the purpose of revenge and whether they consider it reasonable.

 

TEKS

English 1 - 8, 10 A, 11 B, 12 A-D, 13 A-E, 14 A-C, 15 C, 17 A-C, 18 A-B, 20 A-B, 21 A-C, 22 A-C, 23 A-E, 24 A-C

 

Books to Display

Diviners by Libba Bray

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Harmony House by Nic Sheff

The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

Liv, Forever by Amy Talkington

 

Supply List

Access to computers for word processing and research

Notebook paper

Writing utensil

Student Research Journal

 

Detailed Description of Activity

Students will write a persuasive essay in response to what they believe is the purpose of revenge and whether they consider it reasonable?

 

Students will also research and include examples of revenge from current events, novels, and their personal life.

 

Activity Resources

Student Research Journal

 

Resources for Teens, Teachers & Librarians

Teens, Teachers and Librarians can utilize pre-made rubrics to assist in writing/grading/evaluating:

 

Student Friendly Rubric:

https://www.killeenisd.org/departmentDocs/c960/documents/StudentFriendlyRubrics.pdf

 

Teachers/Librarians:

Common Core Rubric: http://www.schoolimprovement.com/docs/Common%20Core%20Rubrics_Gr11-12.pdf

 

Texas STAAR Writing Rubric:

http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/staar/writing/

 

 

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Active Programs

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Supplemental Documents

Origami Example

Tarot Example

 

Activity 1: Introduction to Origami

In this craft project, teens follow directions on how to create various origami pieces.

 

Books to Display

Start Origami: All the Techniques and Tips You Need to Get Started by Mark Bolitho

Origami Masters Class: Flowers by Sherry Gerstein

Origami Explosion: Scorpions, Whales, Boxes, and More! by Christopher Harbo

Origami Palooza: Dragons, Turtles, Birds, and More! by Christopher Harbo

3D Origami Fun! by Stephanie Martyn

Origami Flowers by Soonboke Smith

 

Supply List

Enough sheets of origami paper for each teen to create at least three pieces

 

Detailed Description of Activity

In Shattered Souls, origami was an important part of Rose’s identity. Throughout all of her cycles, she always created origami as a way to calm herself. Give each teen the opportunity to try various origami creations. Origami paper is preferred, but any paper can be substituted.  You can get the instructions from any of the books listed to be displayed, or any of your collection’s books on origami. You can also use the websites below to find basic instruction on the art of origami.

 

Activity Resources

Origami Examples

 

Resources for Teens, Teachers & Librarians

Basic Origami for Beginners. http://www.origami-fun.com/basic-origami.html

Origami Instructions. http://www.origami-instructions.com/

Origami Spirit. http://www.origamispirit.com/

 

Activity 2: Read-Along

In this activity the teens read to the younger children a variety of picture and beginner books.

 

Books to Display

Fly Guy’s Amazing Tricks by Tedd Arnold

Mustache! by Mac Barnett

I’m Bored by Michael Ian Black

I Dare You Not to Yawn by Helen Boudreau

Skypig by Jan L. Coates

There was an old lady who swallowed some books! by Lucille Colandro

Kindergarten Rocks! by Katie Davis

Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses by Kimberly and James Dean

Llama llama and the bully goat by Anna Dewdney

Nobody Likes a Goblin by Ben Hatke

Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff

Big Bob, Little Bob by James Howe

The Black Rabbit by Philippa Leathers

20 Big Trucks in the Middle of the Street by Mark Lee

Louise Loves Art by Kelly Light

If You Give a Pig a Party by Laura Numeroff

Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor

The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli

Carnivores by Aaron Reynolds

Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds

Mr. Putter & Tabby Dance the Dance by Cynthia Rylant and Arthur Howard

The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

One fish two fish red fish blue fish by Dr. Seuss

No, David! by David Shannon

Round is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes by Roseanne Greenfield Thong

Max the Brave by Ed Vere

The Three Pigs by David Wiesner

Can I Play Too? by Mo Willems

Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas by Natasha Yim

How do Dinosaurs go to School? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

 

Supply List

No additional supplies are needed, just the books to read!

 

Detailed Description of Activity

In Fragile Spirits, one of Vivienne’s activities was teaching disadvantaged children to read. She did it one time as a resolution, but enjoyed it so much she kept going back. In this activity, the teens will partner up with a younger child and read together. This can be done easily with a middle or high school visiting a local elementary school. This can also be done in a public library with teen volunteers assisting during a special storytime.  Reading together is both fun and beneficial for everyone involved. You can use a wide variety of books, the displayed books are merely a suggestion.  

 

Activity 3: Tarot Soul Card        

This craft activity allows teen to create their own tarot card.

 

Books to Display

Teen Tarot: What the cards reveal about you and your future by Theresa Fancis-Cheung and Terry Silvers

The Creative Tarot: A Modern Guide to an Inspired Life by Jessa Crispin

Fortune-Telling by Stuart A. Kallen

Tarot Interactions by Deborah Lipp

It’s All in the Cards: Tarot Reading Made Easy by John Mangiapane

A Magical Course in Tarot by Michele Morgan

The Big Book of Angel Tarot by Doreen Virtue and Radleigh Valentine

 

Supply List

Cardstock

Scissors

Markers, Crayons and/or Map Pencils

Crayons

Glitter

Glue or glue sticks

 

Detailed Description of Activity

Vivienne’s grandmother, Tibby, is a fortune teller and tarot card reader.  Smith desperately tries to give everyone their own tarot card during his possession of Tibby.  This is when Vivienne takes over and does it correctly.  Have the teens design their own tarot card.  They can use examples given in the display books, or come up with their own original design. 

 

Activity Resources

Tarot Soul Card Examples

 

Resources for Teens, Teachers & Librarians

9 Sure-Fire Ways to Select a Tarot Deck That’s Right for You. https://www.biddytarot.com/selecting-a-tarot-deck/

The History of Playing Cards and the Tarot. http://www.druidry.org/library/history-playing-cards-and-tarot

 

 

 

 

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Passive Programs

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Supplemental Documents

Stat 1

Stat 2

Stat 3

Stat 4

Stat 5

Activity 1: Texas Drunk/Drugged Driving Awareness

 

Drunk driving is an ongoing problem, especially in the state of Texas. This display is meant to show how Texas compares to the national averages involving drunk driving and what teens can do to help prevent more casualties involved.

 

Books to Display

H.E.A.R. by Robin Epstein

Looking for Alaska by John Green

The Sweet Dead Life by Joy Preble

Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly

Reincarnation by Suzanne Weyn

 

Activity Supply List

Billboard Paper

Scissors

Markers

Stapler

Staples

 

Detailed Description of Activity

Put up your billboard paper in your display area. If you want, you can make it more eye-catching by cutting the paper into the shape of Texas. Print out the attached statistics relating to Texas and put them on the billboard using a stapler. On the top of the bulletin board write “How can you prevent drunk driving?” Next, have the teens use markers to write how they can help prevent future drunk driving. You can start the display by writing “I will not get in a car with a person who has been drinking.”

 

Activity Resources

Stat1

Stat2

Stat3

Stat4

Stat5

 

Activity Resources for Teens, Teachers & Librarians

 

Websites

 

State Map: https://responsibility.org/get-the-facts/state-map/state/texas/

Underage Drinking Statistics: http://www.madd.org/underage-drinking/underage-drinking-statistics.html

Drugged Driving: https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/drugged-driving

Texas Adolescent Substance Abuse Facts: https://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/adolescent-health-topics/substance-abuse/states/tx.html#

 

Activity 2: Texas Haunts Display

 

The state of Texas is known for several haunted cemeteries. This is a display designed for showcasing Texas haunts. Make sure to incorporate your own local ghosts!

 

Books to Display

Ghosts in the Graveyard: Texas Cemetery Tales by Olyve Hallmark Abbott

Haunted Texas: Ghosts and Strange Phenomena of the Lone Star State by Alan Brown

Unsolved Texas Mysteries by Wallace O. Chariton, Charlie Eckhardt and Kevin R. Young

Texas Ghost Stories: Fifty Favorites for the Telling by Tim Tingle and Doc Moore

Ghosthunting San Antonio, Austin, and Texas Hill Country by Michael O. Varhola

Ghosts Along the Texas Coast by Docia Schultz Williams

 

Supply List

Designated Area or Billboard for Display

Stapler

Staple

Scissors

 

Detailed Description of Activity

Designate an area to use or create a display area by putting up billboard paper. Print the selection of pictures you choose listed under the Activity Resources. Print the Summary of Cemeteries.  Make sure to include the citations on the display. You should also include your local ghost or haunted cemetery if applicable.   

 

Activity Resources

Baby Head Cemetery Llano Texas Picture

Baby Head Cemetery Llano Picture 2

Bittick Cemetery Liberty Hill Gravestone Picture

Bittick Cemetery Liberty Hill Picture

Black Jesus Statue Picture

Evergreen Cemetery Paris Picture

Forest Lawn Cemetery Beaumont Picture

Galveston Cemetery Picture

Lona China Cemetery San Antonio Picture

Lona China Cemetery Picture 2

Madge Ward Gravemarker Rose Hill Cemetery Picture

Mills Cemetery Garland Picture

Mills Cemetery Smiley Grave Picture

Oakwell Cemetery Huntsville Picture

Rose Hill Cemetery Tyler Picture

Summary of Cemeteries

 

Resources for Teens, Teachers & Librarians

 

Websites

 

Baby Head Cemetery:

http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/baby-head-cemetery

 

Black Jesus: http://www.weirdus.com/states/texas/cemetery_safari/black_jesus/index.php

 

Cemeteries and Mausoleums: http://parksandrec.cityoftyler.org/Facilities/CemeteriesMausoleum.aspx

 

Mills Cemetery’s Ghosts of Smile-Garland, TX: http://www.becksghosthunters.com/2011/08/mills-cemeterys-ghost-of-smiley.html

 

The Ghost of the Chinese Graveyard in San Antonio: https://ghostcitytours.com/ghosts-chinese-graveyard-san-antonio/

 

The Granite Grand: http://www.weirdus.com/states/texas/cemetery_safari/granite_grand_piano/index.php

 

The grave history of Galveston’s cemeteries:

http://www.click2houston.com/news/the-grave-history-of-galvestons-cemeteries

 

The Ten Most Haunted Cemeteries in Texas: http://backpackerverse.com/10-most-haunted-cemeteries-texas/

 

These 9 Haunted Cemeteries In Texas Are Not For The Faint Of Heart: http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/texas/haunted-cemeteries-tx-2/

 

Witches Grave: http://paranormalstories.blogspot.com/2010/05/witchs-grave.html

 

Activity 3: Ghost-Busting Books

 

Introduction

For readers that enjoyed the duology by Mary Lindsey, a book display of ghost dispensing books and book series are showcased. The focus for this display/program are books that deal specifically in the removal of spirits from the human realm, and students’ responses to the methods of ghost removal.

 

Books to Display

Shutter by Courtney Alameda

Bad Girls Don't Die (Book 1) by Katie Alender

The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender

Texas Gothic (Book 1) by Rosemary Clement-Moore

Name the Star (Shades of London Book 1) by Maureen Johnson

Harmony House by Nic Sheff

The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co. Book 1) by Jonathan Stroud

Liv, Forever by Amy Talkington

 

(Displaying entire series is optional.)

 

Supply List

Designated Area or Billboard for Display

Post-it notes

Pens

 

Detailed Description of Activity

Have students respond to the reading of the ghost-busting books by listing one way a ghost was dispelled including the book’s title and page number, then have the student rate (with a star rating 1-5) the success of the removal of the ghost(s).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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