Meet the Author: Jas Hammonds
Grades: 6 - 12

Video Description: New January 2023! Meet Jas Hammonds, author of the new young adult novel We Deserve Monuments. Learn what they love about literature, young adult novels, and the process of writing.

Type of Video: Profile*
Unique Video ID: Literature-287**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Provide the video to any student reading “We Deserve Monuments” by Jas Hammond to get more insight into the author and how the book was created.
  • In the video, Ms. Hammond describes the positive effects that reading books as a teenager had on her life. Have students respond to those thoughts in a journal entry or think/pair/share activity. What do books do for their life? What do they most like to read? Why?
  • Just after the 01:50 mark of the video, Ms. Hammond says “a big theme of the novel is giving yourself grace.” What do students think that means? Do they agree with her point of view on life as a young person and the importance of giving grace to one’s self? What about their own writing? Is there a certain theme they would like to explore in a short story? If they were to explore the theme of “giving yourself grace” what kind of story would they create?


*Profile videos use a first-person/first-hand approach to highlight interesting people doing interesting things in the area of study.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.