83 pages 2 hours read

James Clear

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones

Nonfiction | Book | Adult | Published in 2018

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Discussion/Analysis Prompt

How does Clear’s work clarify, expand, or subvert what you’ve previously understood about habit formation? Which aspects of his work intrigue you? Consider both the information itself and the presentation of the information (examples, anecdotes, research, quotes). How effective are Clear’s arguments about the importance of systems, improving by 1%, and leveraging the habit loop to create habits that stick?

Teaching Suggestion: This post-reading discussion allows teachers and students to examine both the information presented in Clear’s text and the craft of non-fiction writing that Clear uses to make his complex topic accessible to laypersons. Teachers should feel free to emphasize the aspects of the discussion that are most pertinent to student learning. There are many opportunities for students to make personal connections and reflect on the work from the perspective of writers.