Look past someone’s race and background to discover their value.
This resource meets the high school reading skills and serves as enrichment activities. Find reason behind Mr. Dodge’s treatment of Junior. Guess what advice Rowdy may have to offer about Junior’s relationship with Penelope. Students elaborate on Junior’s struggles playing basketball for Wellpinit High School. Identify key events surrounding Junior’s experiences with death and loss. Create a word cloud to depict important moments in the story. Recall the many themes that are central to the plot on a theme tree graphic organizer. Aligned to your State Standards and written to Bloom's Taxonomy, our worksheets incorporate a variety of scaffolding strategies along with additional crossword, word search, comprehension quiz and answer key.
About the Novel:
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian follows Arnold Spirit Jr. as he balances life within two worlds. Arnold lives on the Spokane Reservation with his family, where everyone calls him Junior. Life on the Reservation is constrained. People don’t leave the Reservation. They live their entire lives there and amount to working at the casino. Junior is different. He is smart and has dreams. He decides to go to high school in a nearby town that will grant him bigger opportunities. There, everyone calls him Arnold. On the Reservation, everyone hates him for abandoning them. He is commonly referred to as a traitor. At his new school, everyone hates him for being different. Junior feels stuck between two worlds, not really belonging to either one of them. As the story unfolds, Junior struggles with being an adolescent, on top of trying to fit in. These struggles eventually lead him to discovering who he is and where he truly belongs.