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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.


  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)
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