We began our unit on The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian with a few different anticipatory activities, including a general discussion of Native Americans, an agree/disagree activity, and defining some key vocabulary. Students received photocopies of the first chapter of the novel which they annotated while I read out loud. We discussed these annotations to wrap up class. Homework: read and annotate the second chapter, provided at the end of class, for next time.
This class is an opportunity for students to develop and practice their skills in reading and analysis of literature as well as writing. Our various texts will be the vehicles through which they will hone their critical thinking abilities, and our writing exercises will be an outlet of expression for these abilities. We will be reading poetry, short fiction, novels, and dramatic texts. Our objectives are to master the elements of literature, practice the writing process, and improve organization of writing.