One of LitWeaver's strongest short story Reading Guides, with many CCSS-ELA in RL for grades 9-12. Here's a sample of the guide:
Introductory Activity 2: Class Discussion
In small groups or with the full class, discuss what the following statement may mean: “I can control what I do with my body. I can’t do a thing about how others perceive me.” What do you think this means? How can this statement apply to a typical teenager’s life? What examples can you think of where this statement may be particularly true?
Small Group/Full Class Discussion Questions
1. The author tells this story entirely through Bernie’s eyes. Based on what you know of him from his thoughts and the things he notices, describe him. What kind of a kid do you think he is?
2. Do you think the coach was right in giving Bernie a spot on the team? Why or why not?
3. Using examples from the text, explain Bernie’s feelings about the other people in his life: the two girls he’s interested in, the coaches he’s worked with, his mother, his father, etc.
4. Read through the scenes where Bernie describes playing basketball. How are the sentences Wallace uses different than those in the other sections of the text? Why do you suppose they are different? What is the effect on the action of the story?