2019 POP Summer Reading
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
While you are reading The Last Lecture, take time to reflect on the various unique thoughts or quotes in the book. Keep journals recording your 1/2 page responses. ENJOY!
- pp. 9-10 What makes you unique? What do you alone have to offer others? How would you define yourself?
- p. 23 “Just because you’re in the driver’s seat doesn’t mean you have to run people over.” Find examples of leaders who do and do not run others over and give specifics from their behavior. (Answer may be combined with question #5)
- Chapter 5 describes Randy’s bedroom. Speak about your own room and the special things that are in it.
- pp. 36-37 “When you’re screwing up and nobody says anything to you anymore, that means they’ve given up on you. . . your critics are often the ones telling you they still love you and care about you, and want to make you better.” Think of a time that you were criticized by someone whose opinion mattered to you. Did you realize at the time that the criticism indicated caring?
- pp. 44-45 Read the paragraphs in which Randy discusses leadership qualities (p. 44 starting “I learned so much . . .” and p. 45 “But I was hugely impressed . . .”). Pick a leader whom you know personally and evaluate him/her according to these criteria. What do you think of Randy’s criteria about being in charge of morale?
- p. 79 “Brick walls are there for a reason, they give us a chance to show how badly we want something.” Discuss a “brick wall” that you have encountered and how you overcame it.
- p. 141 “ . . . a substantial fraction of many people’s days is spent worrying about what others think of them. If nobody ever worried about what was in other people’s heads, we’d all be 33 percent more effective in our lives and on our jobs.” Do you agree or disagree? Why?
- p. 148 “Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.” Tell about a time in your life when you did not get what you wanted and how it affected the rest of your life.
- Why do you think The Last Lecture has appealed to so many people?
- What did you learn from reading The Last Lecture?
Biography / Autobiography of your choice
After reading, The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch, find a biography or autobiography on someone you are interested in learning about. Strong themes evident in The Last Lecture are perseverance, perusing dreams and reaching goals. Choose a person who overcame an obstacle, made their dreams come true, or worked hard to reach their ultimate goal.
There is no written assignment with this novel. However, be prepared for an assignment involving your novel choice the second week of school.
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