How To Participate In Our
History Reading Groups
Everyone is encouraged to post their favorite or most meaningful quote from the chapter (about a paragraph with page number/location) in the comments for the Facebook post covering the title/chapter. This is an easy, no pressure and meaningful way to express your thoughts on a chapter and is also a great way for individuals to go back and look at what others found meaningful. It keeps the focus on the authors works rather than an opinion.
Comments about the chapter or book are welcome as long as they are polite, respectful, relevant, non-partisan and constructive and focused on the author's work not someone else’s comment. A helpful guideline is that you are always addressing the group, not just a single individual when you write. If you enjoy or agree with a post, liking their comment is a meaningful way of engaging the group.
Of course if you don't want to post a quote or comment, you're still welcome to read along with us.
The Thought Questions and Response Quotes can be answered with quotes from the book we are reading or another author from a well known publisher, a link to a recognized historical society or organization, or a polite and respectful comment.
- Be good. Don't be evil.
- Be constructive. Don't be destructive.
- Be Respectful of Everyone. Do not response to those that choose to be otherwise.
- Have an open mind. Don't behave like you know everything.
- Be Encouraging. Refuse to Discouraging.
Please before you comment, remember others here are good people with feelings. Using second person pronouns should be used with caution (you, your, you’ve) and used in a sparing and respectful way in replies. Everyone is expected to interact with others like they would in a normal classroom or business setting among colleagues and friends. The antisocial behavior common on the internet is not tolerated here. Regardless of the intent, politically partisan or inflammatory comments are not permitted. This is a group about History, not 21st century current events. I am very serious about this point.
Individuals who understand English as a secondary language are welcome to participate. Please do not worry if your English is flawed, you are among friends who want you to be here. It’s wonderful you are interested in learning about history with us.
The books come in at least one accessible format, so if you use text to speech for a vision impairment this will not be a problem. Many will be available in Audible and all have Kindle Text to Speech enabled (on Kindle Fire Tablets). The books are available through the National Library Service for the Blind. All are available in print from your local public library (possibly through inter-library loan).
Thank you for participating