excited to kick off the first school-wide event of the 2011-2012 school year
with the first ever Young Writers’ summer reading project based on the first
six chapters of Sherman Alexie’s humorously poignant, award-winning novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time
Indian. (Click here to download the pages students are expected to read. Be patient, it may take a moment to download.) When we return to school in September each advisory will use this
book as a touchstone for discussions, activities, and ultimately to help us
plan the first Young Writers community event of the new school year.
you arrive to school in September your advisor will expect all the students in
your advisory to be prepared to discuss these chapters and share their written
responses. After you complete the
reading and written responses you will receive your very own copy of the book
to keep, forever!
The Assignment: Read the enclosed
chapters and choose any 4 of the
following questions to respond to as you read:
a line from the reading that you really like, explain what it means to you and
why you like it. (Include the quote & page number)
that you are friends with one of the characters in the book who is dealing with
a difficult situation. Write a letter of advice to him/her describing what you
would do in his/her situation.
similarities or differences you have with one of the characters. Be specific:
in what ways are you alike or different from this character?
at the illustrations on pages 5, 6, 12, 27 and 29. Each of them represents not
just what the characters look like, but important aspects of their
personalities (their desires, goals, fears, etc.). Choose an important person
in your life and create a similar
kind of illustration that shows who this person is.
how a character or something in the story reminds you of something happening in
the world today. Be specific about what happens in the story and the connection
to the larger world.
page 31, Arnold asks, “What do you do when the world has declared nuclear war
on you?” Why is he so upset at this point in the book? Think of a time when you
felt “the world has declared nuclear war on you.” Describe that time and
discuss how you responded.
the themes and stories in these chapters. Why do you think we would choose this
text to read as a school in preparation for the new school year? How do you
think this reading might be relevant to discuss as a community at the beginning
of the school year?
Response Guidelines: Make sure that
each of your 4 responses:
- Has a heading with your first and last name and the question you
- Is completed on a piece of loose
leaf or is typed and printed so that you can turn it in to your advisor.
- Is approximately one-page in
lenth. Go into as much detail in each response as you can!
- Includes specific evidence from
the text and from your personal experience.
- Is written in complete
look forward to starting the school year with great discussions about this
shared text and to seeing you and your families at the first community event
for the 2011-2012 school year!
Young Writers Adviors