Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie⚡
Sherman Alexie's National-Book-Award-winning novel, is a powerful and provocative rite-of-passage novel perfect for every type of high school student! This comprehensive unit bundle includes 172 pages and 4-6 weeks of scaffolded and student-tested activities and materials.
Each bundle component now has a Common Core guide.
✅ NEW Comprehensive Instructional Guide
The instructional guide provides essential questions, overarching skills, overarching themes, and assured experiences along with a possible lesson sequence that includes timing and implementation tips.
✔ Allusions, References, and Non-Fiction Connections
This packet provides a detailed description of 18 non-fiction references from throughout the novel. Each reference offers context and depth to the text and cultivates connections between the characters and historical figures, items, locations, and events.
✔ Analytical Notes Strategy
Analytical Notes can help your students take better notes by providing a simple system for recording notes. Additionally, they help students “think” about what they have read.
✔ Annotation Organizer: Active Reading Strategy
The Annotation Organizer: Active Reading Strategy supports close and active reading. Students use questions to guide the annotation process.
✔ Body Biography: Creative Summative Assessment
The Body Biography is powerful project that guides students through creating a visual and written portrait illustrating several aspects of a character's life within a literary work.
✔ Character Analysis Organizer
The Character Analysis Organizer is a specialized graphic organizer that guides students to identify direct evidence from the text related to characterization, symbolism, and conflict for each main character in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.
✔ Grammar Matters: Comma Rules!!
This grammar lesson focuses on the use of commas with coordinating conjunctions, parenthetical information, and introductory phrases, and incudes practice exercises for students.
✔ Quick Picture Strategy for Poetry
The Quick Picture Strategy is a powerful method for stimulating recall and promoting critical thinking. After reading and annotating Sherman Alexie’s poem “Evolution,” students generate quick images of ideas supporting a teacher-generated “area of focus.” The images the students produce help them make and reinforce connections with the text.
✔ Keyword Strategy with Non-Fiction Connections
The Keyword Strategy is a simple step-by-step annotation method to help students maximize their reading comprehension and proficiency.
✔ Non-Fiction Articles
These articles, some by Sherman Alexie and others related by novel topics, allow students to connect events from the novel with related non-fiction topics. The articles are embedded in our Side-by-Side Annotation Organizer, and use the Keyword Strategy for increased comprehension.
✔ Picture Analysis Mini Lesson
This mini lesson is based on the Quick Picture analytical sentence starters and has students analyze an illustration from the novel. A modifiable version is included that allows you to select your own illustration from the novel for your students to analyze.
✔ Quizzes - Vocabulary, Analysis, and Grammar
Two quizzes testing three other The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian bundle components: Vocabulary and Etymology, Grammar Matters: Comma Rules, and the Quick Picture Analysis method.
✔ Short Essay Test Response Strategy Using Analytical Notes
This is a four-step method, with a detailed instructional guide, for writing short answer responses to test questions.
✔ Vocabulary and Etymology
Student worksheet containing sixteen vocabulary words from the novel. Each word includes etymology and a direct quote from the novel with citation. Students use context to determine word meaning and generate their own illustrative sentences using the vocabulary words. (Good practice for the New SAT.)
✔ BONUS Comparative Short Stories
short stories from our Short Story Collection to use for comparative analysis.
“The Ransom of Red Chief” by O. Henry - Can be analyzed for its prejudicial
propagation of Native American stereotypes, a common theme in Sherman Alexie's
provocative and award-winning novel.
“Marigolds: by Eugenia Collier - addresses poverty's impact on family and a tragic loss of
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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian materials are Common Core Aligned.