Alexie Lesson Plan

Deranda’s lesson plan offers plenty of varied exercises to keep students interested. I love the joy list handout.

Lesson Plan:

The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part – Time Indian

Day 1:

Basic Information:

Deranda Butler

8th Grade English (60 minutes)

Concept/content presented:  Learning vocabulary, Relating themselves to the text, and an assessment.

                                                                                                                              

Lesson Objectives:

Pages 1- 47

  • To help students identify and understand the vocabulary words pulled from the text or words relating to the text, in order to better digest the reading and expand their vocabulary.
  • To enable students to immerse themselves in the text through a creative activity by drawing comics just like the main character does in the novel.
  • To discuss the book and assess the students knowledge of the current assigned readings.

Materials: vocab sheets, art utensils, common writing utensils, paper and prepared quizzes

Teaching Procedures:

  • Vocabulary Assignment
  • Creative Comic Activity
  • Assessment
  • Homework Read Pages 48-81
Timing Procedures Talking points, Questions, Notes
25 mins Vocabulary AssignmentGive students vocab words to understand and use while reading the novel and afterwards. Vocabulary Words: Susceptible (Pg. 3), Poverty (Pg. 8) Stereotype, Alcoholism Grief and Aspirations.

Have students complete a vocabulary worksheet by getting into groups and defining a word, drawing a picture, using it in a sentence, a song or movie that reminds them of the word and finally a synonym for it.

 

15 mins Vocabulary Worksheet Presentations Have students stand up in groups and present their word to the class. Other students should copy down the information in order to complete the vocab sheet for that word and grasp a complete understanding of the word for future use.
10 mins Creative Comic Activity Have students create a comic like Junior’s based upon a time in their life and describe the picture in one paragraph. Refer to pages 5, 12, 19, 23 and 69 for examples in the text. Extra credit will be given to any student who uses a vocab word in their paragraph.
10 mins Quick Quiz Students will be given a quiz based upon the section of the book that they have already read. It will be composed of 10 multiple-choice questions.

Day 2:

Basic Information:

Deranda Butler

8th Grade English (60 minutes)

Concept/content presented: Understanding Stereotypes, Learning about the Spokane Indians and an open discussion

 

Lesson Objectives:

Pages 48- 81

  • Students will understand the concept of stereotypes and apply this knowledge to the story in order to better understand the main character as well as their own life and the world around them.
  • Students will also learn about the Spokane Indians in order to be more immersed into the novel and understand Junior’s point of view.

Materials: Large pieces of paper, markers, tape, writing utensils and technology.

Teaching Procedures:

  • Stereotype Activity
  • Journal Entry
  • Spokane Indian Presentation
  • Homework: Read pages 82- 117
Timing Procedures Talking points, Questions, Notes
20 mins Stereotype Activity Students will be placed into groups and I will hang the names of certain groups of people up on a wall: African American (Black), Native American (Indian) Caucasian (White), Middle Eastern and Asian. In groups students will have time to travel to each different station and just list stereotypes they know about each group of people.
15 mins Journal Entry Students will write in their journal about how they feel about the activity, how it relates to junior and if they’ve ever experienced racial stereotyping. 
15 mins Class Discussion The class will gather around in a circle to discuss the class activity and journal entry on stereotypes.
10 mins Spokane Indian Presentation I will present an interactive PowerPoint to the class about the Spokane Indians in order to help them better understand where Junior comes from and be able to relate the text to the real world a bit more.

Day 3:

Basic Information:

Deranda Butler

8th Grade English (60 minutes)

Concept/content presented:  Comparing and contrasting, oral reading and matching.

Lesson Objectives:

Pages 82 -117

  • Students will compare and contrast the main character in the book in order to assess their progress and make sure they are reading and comprehending the material.
  • Have students read out loud in order to work on oral literacy skills within the classroom as well as expedite the completion of the novel.
  • Students will be assessed based upon the quote/passage activity where they will be responsible for identifying 6 quotes or passages from the text and elaborating on them.

Materials: Certain worksheets for today’s tasks, writing utensils, and the novel.

Teaching Procedures:

  • Compare and Contrast Assessment
  • Read Out Loud
  • Quote/Passages activity
  • Homework Read Pages 135 – 179
Timing Procedures Talking points, Questions, Notes
10 mins Compare and Contrast Assessment. Students will compare and contrast the differences between Junior and Arnold on a piece of paper as a form of assessment (Use the comic on page 57 as a guide). 
30 mins Read Out Loud Students will read out loud in order to improve oral reading skills and move along throughout the novel. Pages (118-135).
20 mins Quote/Passages activity Students will be given 6 quotes or passages from the story and they have to identify who said what and why the quote or passage would be considered significant to the novel. Books will not be permitted during this assignment. Students must respond to 4 of the selected passages.

Day 4:

Basic Information:

Deranda Butler

8th Grade English (60 minutes)

Concept/content presented:  connecting with the text, learning to think critically

Lesson Objectives:

Pages 135- 179

  • Have students express themselves and connect with the main character of the novel in order to develop a deeper understanding of the main character and themselves.
  • Students will engage in some critical thinking skills as they debate though one of the imperative issues of the book.

Materials:  Joy List hand out, the novel and writing utensils

Teaching Procedures:

  • Text To Real World connections
  • Debate and developing critical thinking skills
  • Homework Read Pages 179-230
Timing Procedures Talking points, Questions, Notes
15 mins Create 5 Joy Lists Students will create “Joy Lists” like the ones Junior made on pages 176-178.
10 mins Share Joy Lists Some students will share one of their “Joy Lists” with the rest of the class.
35 mins  Debate The class will divide into two groups and debate on a topic pertaining to the novel. Should personal progression be put before the community’s expectations? Half of the class will find support to agree and one side will support reasons to disagree and a debate will occur.

Day 5:

Basic Information:

Deranda Butler

8th Grade English (60 minutes)

Concept/content presented: Review of the novel and interactive learning.

Lesson Objectives:

Pages 179- 230

  • To assess the students knowledge of the novel and also give them a chance to express reactions to the book by letting them write in their journals.
  • To allow students to express themselves in the arts and literally place themselves in the character’s shoes by getting in groups and acting out their favorite scenes. This will also bring the book alive as they engage in interactive learning.

Materials: Journal, writing utensils

Teaching Procedures:

  • Journal entry
  • Act it out
Timing Procedures Talking points, Questions, Notes
15 mins Journal entry Give students a chance to either write a reaction to the book or respond to one of the 3 questions:1. Mr. P and The Basketball Coach ultimately encourage Junior to do well. Who are some mentors in your life? What have they encouraged you to do?

2. Which one of the cartoons throughout the book is your favorite? Why?

3. This entire novel seems to be about hope and self-progress. What are some of your aspirations?

45 mins Act it Out Students will be put in groups of 4 or 5 and they will select a scene from the book that they like they most. Afterwards they will perform the skits in front of the class.  They will be allotted about 20 minutes to get a scene together and 25 minutes to present each group getting about 5 minutes to perform.

Name: ________________________________

Grade ________________________________

Period ________________________________

Date: _________________________________

Joy Lists

People who give me the most Joy:                             Songs that give me the most Joy

1.                                                                                 1.

2.                                                                                 2.

3.                                                                                 3.

4.                                                                                 4.

5.                                                                                 5.

Foods that give me the most Joy                                Books that give me the most Joy

1.                                                                                 1.

2.                                                                                 2.

3.                                                                                 3.

4.                                                                                 4.

5.                                                                                 5.

Colors that give me the most Joy                                Places that give me the most Joy

1.                                                                                 1.

2.                                                                                 2.

3.                                                                                 3.

4.                                                                                 4.

5.                                                                                 5.

Movies that give me the most Joy                               Games that give me the most Joy

1.                                                                                 1.

2.                                                                                 2.

3.                                                                                 3.

4.                                                                                 4.

5.                                                                                 5.

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