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Free Resources for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian (Post 2 of 2).

Updated: Mar 13, 2022

This post continues detailing my lessons for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian. The first post. for days 1-8, can be found here. Days 9-20 are below. I hope you find something helpful to you.

Day 9

Today I started with a journal. I gave students a choice of two prompts:

Prompt 1: In this chapter, Junior/Arnold’s discusses his dual personality. In one paragraph, write about a time when you were caught between two worlds or someone whom you know was caught between two worlds.

Prompt 2: I read somewhere recently that we have many identities that serve us in different parts of our lives. Write about your different identities.

Next, I asked students to complete the partner essay on their Absolutely True Diary Reading Guide for Pages 100-117. The essay prompt was: What are some healthy and unhealthy ways to deal with stress? Do the characters in The Absolutely True Diary deal with their stress in a healthy manner or an unhealthy manner?

First, I had the kids get with their assigned partner and brainstorm ideas & outline for 10-15 minutes. Next, I called them back together as a class and did a mini lesson on introductory paragraphs (paid product). Then I released them back to their partners and had them write a hook and book summary for their intro paragraph.

For homework, I asked students to catch up on their reading.

Day 10

Today we continued with the partner essay. I reviewed the elements of an introductory paragraph and then had the students try and write a thesis statement with their partners.

Once the kids had good thesis statements, I did a whole class mini lesson on how to write body paragraphs, and then asked the students to work together and to try and write two body paragraphs.

Once they completed the body paragraphs, I reviewed the elements of a conclusion paragraph and had the kids attempt their own conclusions in order to finish up their partner essays.

For homework, I asked kids to catch up on any reading they were behind on.

Day 11

Once we finished the partner essays, we went back to doing a bit of informal writing. For today’s prompt, I posted quotations from the previous night’s reading and asked students to reflect on one of them OR to write about a connection they made to one of them.

Here were the quotations I chose:

Page 129: “If you let p