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My students LOVE this chapter from Sherman Alexie's novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian. For any language concerns, it does switch out the curse words for "school appropriate" words. The title (and my choice of images) is perhaps misleading, so be aware that the story is actually about a high school boy and the "monsters" he fights (prejudice, new school, bullies, etc.). We read it in class together and then do the two assignments attached:
1. A plot and theme worksheet that has students create a plot diagram, develop topics and themes for the short story, and even has them draw the climax of the story.
2. Identity mapping: We take this time to discuss identity, stereotypes, and belonging. These conversations are powerful, and the identity mapping helps them focus on themselves and what their high school experience is like. I teach all freshmen so their identity is always on their minds and they're trying to figure out where they belong.
3. I've included a PDF of the text.