The Story Behind the Numbers

The wonderful animators at Kiss Me I’m Polish, who did the design and graphics for my book The Family, have also produced a series of short videos based on infographics from the text, under the title The Story Behind the Numbers. These are less than 2 minutes long and use just a few numbers, intended to spur reflection and discussion in conjunction with the details in the book — and I got to be the narrator:


  • A Changing Law feature (PDF), updating the book after the Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision affirming marriage equality in June 2015.

Instructional video

  • I experimented with a how-to video explaining the total fertility rate, and showing how you can calculate it yourself using free Census data: It’s 9 minutes on Youtube (captioned)

Good teaching pieces, by topic


Research methods

Graphics and statistics



If you are an instructor who is using or considering The Family, I invite you to join this Facebook group for a teaching discussion.

5 responses to “Teaching

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  3. Megan McDrew

    Hello! I am using your book in two of my community college marriage and family classes. Do you have a sample syllabus for your book at the community college level? Also I would love ideas for activities on the first few days of class while students buy the book. Thanks!


    • I hope you are logged in as an instructor on the Norton site, here: http://books.wwnorton.com/books/webad.aspx?id=4294986077. If you need to get access, you can contact your Norton representative there (or email me). I don’t have a community college syllabus, but the Norton folks might have one. Also, there is a DVD with short videos that you might be able to use to get discussion going before they have started reading. Or you could pick a short blog post and use that to get started (see the links above). Folks in the Facebook group also might have some ideas. Good luck with the course – I hope you’ll stay in touch.


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