HS ELA | The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

HS ELA | The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

In this unit, students will read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian while meeting the learning targets of theme, character development, conflict, and use of literary devices. They will apply their knowledge by creating several artifacts to represent their learning.

This unit was developed by Mary Gregoski as part of the Nebraska ESUCC Special Project for BlendEd Best Practices.

Content Area Skill(s):

ELA

Writing

Multiple Literacies

Digital Age Skill(s):

Creative Communicator

Empowered Learner

20 days

Overview of Unit:

In this unit, students will read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian while meeting the learning targets of theme, character development, conflict, and use of literary devices. They will apply their knowledge by creating several artifacts to represent their learning.

Empower Learner Activity:

Detailed Description:

1. Students will take a pre-assessment over the learning targets.

2. Students will complete an admit slip about their perception of the title, specifically “Part-Time Indian.”

3. Students will self assess each student-friendly learning objective using a Likert scale.

4. Students will set goals for the unit based on the learning targets and pre-assessment data.

Knowledge Application:

BookSnap

Detailed Description:

Students will follow the attached step-by-step instructions to create the book snap. Students are expected to locate a sentence, paragraph, short passage of a piece of text that reflects a theme in which they can connect.

Content Area Skills

LA 10.1.6.d

Summarize, analyze, and synthesize the themes and main ideas between literary and informational work (print, digital, and/or other media).

Digital Age Skills

ISTE 1C

Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.

Artifact Profile:

Flipgrid or Podcast

Detailed Description:

Students will create a Flipgrid or Podcast sharing information about how the author’s real life is recognized in this novel. Students will use specific examples from the novel text to connect the two pieces of literature.

Content Area Skills

LA 10.1.6.g

Cite specific textual evidence to analyze and evaluate the effects of historical, cultural, biographical, and political influences of literary and informational text written by culturally diverse authors, to develop a regional, national, and international multicultural perspective.

Digital Age Skills

ISTE 1C

Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.

ISTE 6A

Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.

Podcast Rubric

Knowledge Deepening:

Task 1: Limitations of Individuals and Finding Hope

Each task has a correlation to a standard listed.

Task 2: Stereotypes and Native American Mascots

Write an argumentative paragraph discussing stereotypes placed on individuals, OR write an argumentative paragraph discussing how Native American mascots should be removed completely.

Resources:

See above.

Lesson Plan by Jaclyn Ippolito; 2011 One Book One Philadelphia Lesson Plans