Identity, Place, and Membership: Contemporary primary sources to accompany Absolutely True Diaries of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Subject area focus: 
English Language Arts
Grade level: 
9-12
Days to complete: 
4
Institute year: 
2015
School name: 
Boston International High School
School district: 
Boston public Schools
State: 
Massachusetts
Summary: 

This unit is intended to help students explore themes of identity, place, and membership in communities. This unit is nestled in our broader unit where students read The Absolutely True Diaries of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. In this mini-unit, students will use nonfiction texts in various mediums (poems, video, song, and text) to continue to explore how a person’s identity is composed of multiple components. Students will also be able to explain that many Native people continue to exist today and evaluate how places, language, and stereotypes can influence a person’s identity. Finally, students will write a letter to the Boston Globe arguing whether the paper should or should not include one of these sources in the paper in an effort to raise awareness about Native Americans today.