In our book, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian, there is a drawing entitled “Who my parents would have been if somebody had paid attention to their dreams.”
Even though he gets beat up every day, Junior is excited about the start of school and being able to take Geometry. He loves isosceles triangles. He’s excited that is, until he opens his text book, when it turns out to be the exact same book his mother had when she took Geometry. The exact same book! There is her name right in it. Her name before she married his dad. The book must be 30 years older than Junior! So he does what any passionate geometry student would do he goes off. He gets suspended, which gives him time to think. He realizes he has to leave the rez if he wants to get a decent education. He enrolls in the all white farm town school 22 miles away. Thus begins his career as a part time Indian. Find out how Arnold (his off reservation name) does at Reardon High. Read Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.
That photo was taken from . The blog itself was clearly made for a classroom unit done in 2011 on The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian, which was what I could infer as I was unable to find much else on their school or the teacher involved. This did however, show me an excellent way to get adolescents firmly involved in their school work. MAKE THEM DO IT ONLINE! This individual piece was an artistic rendering by a student depicting their view of Junior(Arnold)’s struggle. There are many more pictures, posts, assignments, and the like regarding this particular class’ full unit on this story. Giving me an excellent idea of how to incorporate classroom blogging and computer use, to better kids’ involvement and understanding in the reading of a story and the presentation of that knowledge.
This is the blog I will be using to report my feelings, findings, and fancies of the YA book, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie. I have read The Toughest Indian in the World, and absolutely fell in love with his prose and style. Furthermore, I have heard nothing but positive enthusiasm toward this book, so very much look forward to reading it and sharing my findings with you.