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DIRW 0310 - Shani Suber: Novel

Integrated Reading and Writing

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Book Cover

Available in the library. Request a copy

Many chapters also available free in Google Books

Learn about the author. See and listen to media clips 

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Additional Resources

Did you know that The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian was one of the top ten most frequently challenged books of 2014 in the US?

It was pulled from the Meridian (ID) high school supplemental reading list, challenged at the Cedar Grove Middle School in Wilmington (NC) and suspended from the Highland Park, (TX) Independent School District's approved book list by the school superintendent.

Reasons: anti-family, cultural insensitivity, drugs/alcohol/smoking, gambling, offensive language, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group, violence. Additional reasons: “depictions of bullying”

Learn more about Challenged/Banned Books

Reading Tips

Reading Tips:

  • Schedule a block of 15 minutes per day of reading time.See how many pages you read during this focused time.This will give you an idea of how many minutes you need to give yourself to complete the required pages in a timely manner. Sustained reading will also improve your ability to focus (work that brain muscle)!
  1. Carry your book with you and read during down time
    • Waiting for class to start
    • In the Dr.'s office
    • Waiting for your date to get readyJ
    • etc.
  2. Read with intention: Know what assignments are linked to the reading and annotate or take notes accordingly
    • Discussion Board Posts
    • Argument/Research Essays
    • Midterm and Final Exams, maybe?

Novel Reading Assignments

Week 1: Purchase the Novel

Week 2: Read pp. 1-47

Week 3: Read pp. 48-98

Week 4: Read pp. 99-149

Week 5 Read pp. 150-196

Week 6: 197-230:Complete the book!

Author Sherman Alexie

Topics for Discussion and Research

  • American Indians
  • Native Americans
  • Tribal Casinos
  • Indian Reservations
  • Indian Gaming
  • Tribal Sovereignity
  • Spokane Tribe
  • Coeur d' Alene Tribe
  • Ellen Forney, Illustrator
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Wellpinit, WA 
  • Stereotypes
  • Reservation Life, Health
  • Indian Country

Group Quiz Questions