Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1: "The Black Eye of the Month Club")
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is an award-winning young adult novel written by Sherman Alexie and illustrated by Ellen Forney. The novel falls into the genre of Bildungsroman, or coming-of-age story, in relating the struggles of Arnold Spirit, Jr. (called “Junior”) as he transfers to a white, suburban school from within the Spokane Indian Reservation. In this lesson, students will research author Sherman Alexie and illustrator Ellen Forney, define and discuss the novel’s genre, and analyze the narrative style established in Chapter 1: "The Black Eye of the Month Club."
Research Activity: Conduct research on author Sherman Alexie and illustrator Ellen Forney, and the publication and critical reception of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. When was the novel published? What awards has it earned? Develop a presentation for the class detailing your findings.
Class Assignment: As a class, define...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Reading: Literature RL.9-10.10, 11-12.3, 11-12.10
- ELA-Writing W.9-10.7, 11-12.7
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