The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian

Arnold, aka Junior, introduces his hardscrabble life on the Spokane Indian reservation in the first chapter called The Black-Eye-of-the-Month Club. Through his “absolutely true” diary, Arnold describes his impediments and vulnerabilities, the biggest of which is living on a reservation where he is a zero with a zero future. A pivotal conversation with a teacher spurs Arnold to make a daring life choice—to attend an all-white school miles from the reservation.

His rocky start there, riddled with stereotypes and misunderstandings, slowly develops into surprising friendships and successes in academics and basketball. Meanwhile, his family life is shattered by deaths, poverty, and alcoholism. Through it all, Arnold survives with a new confidence in himself and hope for the future.
Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is based on Sherman Alexie’s own experiences growing up on the reservation. The text is coupled with poignant drawings by acclaimed artist Ellen Forney; together, they chronicle the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.

Our summer reading discussion will take place in our google classroom.

You can find all the project options and information about our summer reading book. Another component of the summer reading grade will be the discussions we will have in our

google classroom. Discussion questions will be

posted every Friday. Students have one week to post a response to the discussion question. You can answer the question directly or bounce an idea off another

student's response.

Summer Reading Book Club Requirements:

1. Post to discussion once a week. Starting on Friday June 26th.

2. Fill out a plot sheet (can be found on edmodo group page) while reading the novel.

3. Select a project of your choice. DUE AUGUST 22nd!

  • Create your own comic strip
Study the comic on page 88 titled “Junior Gets to School.” Describe the way the comic is structured, its topic or theme, and how the theme is communicated. You can type this part in paragraph form. Using the comic strip attached and then draw your own comic to tell a narrative about your life (school, home, friends, etc). Comic must be your OWN drawings and captions, in color.

Two action-packed scenes from the book are the basketball games between Reardan and Wellpinit. Choose one of the games and create an oral sports broadcast of the game or a newspaper article about the game. Use technology to either make an audio recording of their broadcast or a formatted digital newspaper article.
  • Book Blog

    Would you recommend The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian to other readers? Answer that question, supporting their opinions with reasons based on text evidence. Create a google doc blog and post your reasons why you would recommend this book and use text support to back up your analysis. Begin your review by giving the book a star rating (one through five), stating their opinion, and backing it up with at least four text-based reasons with explanations. OR Create a poster to "sell the book" use pictures, quotes, analysis and 4 star rating to entice other readers to choose this book.

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