Wednesday November 26

Have a happy and safe holiday!

Conflict and Cooperation: See HW guide from 11/24.  Last day for essays to present in January is Monday December 1.

Home and Exploration:

Read The Only Traffic Signal on the Reservation Doesn’t Flash Red Anymore p. 43-53. Answer the reading questions using quotations and page numbers and define the vocabulary words.

  1. Who is Julius? How can Victor relate to Julius?
  2. Describe what types of challenges Native Americans face on the reservation.
  3. What does the narrator Victor say about Indians and survival?
  4. What is the broken traffic signal on the reservation symbolic of? Explain.
  5. Vocabulary: vain (adj. p.44), vandalism (noun p.44), immortality (noun p.46)
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Tuesday November 25

Conflict and Cooperation:  HW for your book.  See HW guide from 11/24.

Monday November 24

Conflict and Cooperation: Books for Unit 3 were distributed with HW guides! Please see your HW guide for the HW. Heart of a Woman. Down These Mean Streets. Farming of Bones.

Home and Exploration:

Read Amusements p. 54-58. Answer the reading questions using quotations and page numbers and define the vocabulary words. Creative response extra credit.

  1. Who is Dirty Joe? What happens to him?
  2. How do Victor and Sadie betray Dirty Joe? Explain.
  3. What does Victor see when he looks at his reflection in the crazy mirror at the amusement park? How does he feel about what he has done?
  4. Vocabulary: lethal (adj. p.56), leverage (noun p.57)

Friday November 21

Conflict and Cooperation:  Final draft due Monday with 2 additional typed drafts.

Home and Exploration:

Read Because My Father Always Said He Was the Only Indian Who Saw Jimi Hendrix Play “The Star Spangled Banner” at Woodstock p.24-36. Answer the reading questions using quotations and page numbers and define the vocabulary words.

  1. Describe the photograph that was taken of Victor’s father during the protest of the Vietnam war.
  2. Why do you think Victor’s father weeps when he listens to Jimi Hendrix’s version of the national anthem from Woodstock? Why is Hendrix his hero?
  3. Why did Victor’s father leave the reservation? What happened to their relationship after he moved away?
  4. What did Victor do when he missed his father?
  5. Vocabulary: ferocity (noun p.27), reverberation (noun p.28), lacerate (verb p.33), assimilation (noun p.34).

Thursday November 20

Home and Exploration:

Read Indian Education p.171-180. Answer the reading questions using quotations and page numbers and define the vocabulary words. Creative Response due tomorrow.

1. What happened in the 7th grade between Victor and the white girl? Explain.

2. Why does Victor say “Sharing dark skin doesn’t necessarily make two men brothers?” (p.178) Do you agree/disagree and why?

3. Why is it ironic that Victor plays for a basketball team called the “Indians?”

  1. Throughout the chapter, what is the message about the value of education in the Native American culture? Why doesn’t Victor want to throw a high school reunion?
  2. Vocabulary: missionary (noun p.172), savagely (adj. p.174)

Wednesday November 19

Conflict and Cooperation: Keep writing!

Home and Exploration:

Read excerpt from the Introduction & Every Little Hurricane p. 1-11. Answer the reading questions using quotations and page numbers and define the vocabulary words.

Introduction:

  1. In the Introduction, what does Alexie say about his “alcohol-soaked stories?” According to Alexie, what does alcoholism have to do with the Native American culture?
  2. Give at least three examples from the author’s introduction that explains in what ways this book a memoir. In what ways does he say that the stories are biased?

Every Little Hurricane:

  1. Which members of the party get into a fistfight and why are they fighting with “such force?”
  2. What are the “tiny storms” in Victor’s family’s life? How does Victor’s mother respond these tiny storms?
  3. Why do you think the chapter is called “Every Little Hurricane”?
  4. Vocabulary: guttural (adj. p.2), epic (adj. p.3), whirlpool (noun p.7), debris (noun p.11)

Tuesday November 18

Conflict and Cooperation: Revise, write, then revise some more.