All of the other guiding questions, additional material, etc. contained on these pages are meant to give you tools to help you understand, or go deeper into, your book and prepare you to discuss it in relation to our school theme.
Consider these questions as you are reading your book. Having answers to them, with quotations from the book (cite the page number) as supporting evidence will be very helpful when it is time to discuss and assess your reading.
There are 6 books to choose from this year, including Short Fiction, Graphic Memoirs, Essays, and a Novel, in hopes that by letting you pick your book, you'll be more likely to enjoy it. Ask around (Librarians are a good choice) if you want a recommendation. If you like what you pick, you won't need the rest of this list.
Of course, for some of you, even a book entitled Book that is About Your Exact Favorite Thing in the Entire World is going to seem like homework (or a chore, or a punishment). In that case, read on...
I mean, yes, we are asking you to read a book, and that may not be a choice you'd normally make for vacation, but simply having a positive mindset about doing it will make it less painful.
If you have any questions at all as to WHY we want people to read over the summer, just ask.
Rather than trying to read the whole anthology at once, try to read a story per week.
If reading's not your favorite, try to spread it out over time; read a little bit each day instead of putting it off and having to do it all at once. 5 pages (or 15 - 20 minutes) per day will get most readers through any book on the list.
If reading isn't a normal activity for you, find a comfortable "reading spot" and associate that place with the activity of reading.
If visual reading is a struggle, listen to an Audiobook, or have a friend do a read-aloud.
If you can overcome Phone Separation Anxiety, set your mobile devices aside (unless you're reading on one, in which case, do your best to prioritize reading and minimize other features that may be distractions). If you really want to involve your device, there are lots of links on this site to help you with your book.
Reading doesn't have to be a solitary activity. Even if you aren't reading the same books, you might be able to share ideas about the themes, or someone may be able to help you understand what you are reading. You, and your friend, will get more value out of a discussion than you would if you just Schmoop. Another option: engage via GoodReads.
On that note (ha ha... puns), here's some suggestions about annotating (the additional act of taking notes on your text as you read...
WHERE do you annotate?
WHAT should you annotate?
HOW do you annotate?
WHEN should you annotate?