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Summer Reading Project: An Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian

My understanding of the book "An Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian" assigned for the summer reading project.

Finns S.

on 21 August 2011

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Summer Reading Project An Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian The story focuses on Arnold Spirit, known as "Junior", who is born on an Indian reserve. He faces a few medical problems and is often bullied. In other words, he wasn't born with a lot of luck... To pass time while staying indoors (away from bullies) Junior draws cartoons. The story takes place outside of the Spokane Indian reservation in which Junior grew up. The setting is an important part of the story and affects the events that happen. Throughout the story Junior faces many conflicts, just like any other person. But being prone to bullying, having a list of medical problems, and being poor makes life pretty hard. Before leaving the reservation the only protection Junior had was his friend, Rowdy. Character Setting Conflict Theme "I draw because words are too unpredictable." "I draw because words are too limited." -Page 5, Paragraphs 3 and 4 "So I draw because I want to talk to the world. And I want the world to pay attention to me." -Page 6, Paragraph 1 After he decides to get a better education outside of reservation he's known for all of his life, Junior's life changes. He is treated like a traitor back on the reservation, and is ignored at the all-white school he decides to attend. Despite all of the troubles Junior faces, he eventually fights back using intelligence along with some help with friends he makes at his new school. Junior finds that he can overcome problems, big or small, if he works hard enough. Despite that, Junior is determined and doesn't give up easily. He uses his brains to get himself out of problems, and finds a few new friends while doing so. In the end his actions lead him to overcoming his problems. Junior leaves the reservation in order to get a good education and find hope. He transfers to Reardan, a rich school located in a farmtown outside of the reservation. Fitting in is at school is hard, especially when Junior is the only Indian. Not so great education
Mostly Indian
No chance at accomplishing big dreams Good education
Better chance at accomplishing big dreams Either way Junior's still treated the same way. Junior doesn't notice it in the beginning, but in the end he realizes he has strength inside him that helped him get past all of the obstacles he faced. If it weren't for his courage he would've never even left the reservation. Junior had the decision to walk away from his fears, but instead chose to face them. In the end it all payed off. "Do you understand how amazing it is to hear that from an adult? Do you know how amazing it is to hear that from anybody? It's one of the simplest sentences in the world, just four words, but they're the four hugest words in the world when they're put together. "'You can do it,' Coach said". - Page 189, Paragraphs 5 and 12 "My sister is running away to get lost but I am running away because I want to find something." - Page 46, Paragraph 14 "'Where is hope?' I asked. 'Who has hope?'" "'Son,' Mr. P said. 'You're going to find more and more hope the farther and farther you walk away from this sad, sad, sad reservation.'" -Page 45, Paragraphs 10 and 11 Courage, in my opinion, is the strength to overcome a conflict that one sees as difficult to overcome. The book tells about many external and internal conflicts Junior faces. Courage - the ability to do something that frightens one. Courage Life on the reservation is almost the exact oppisite of what school at Reardan is like. Book Report by: Moi by Sherman Alexie, illustrated by Ellen Forney THE END. Yay! I finally finished this project!!! You have reached the end of this presentation. Congratulations! :D
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