I used this with my advanced students in lieu of a traditional study guide. The students were expected to annotate in their books for the development of these nine themes as well as write paragraphs discussing the themes in each of the reading sections. They would then use their notes and annotations for class discussion. I've used this three times now and it has worked VERY well all three times. If you are looking to get away from boring, traditional study guides, this just might be exactly what you need.