Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Part-Time Indian Photostory

Here is a "photo story" from the book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. As a way of making predictions about the book, show this image and have students put the pictures in order of events.  Encourage them to tell a story.  Almost all of them put the blonde with the biker.  It blows their mind that the blonde ends up with the kid that's getting picked on in the book.  

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Astrological Comparison

A Google discussion board posting designed to get students used to examining a text through an outside lens.  

This should be a fun activity.  I want you to choose a character from either The Catcher in the Rye, or The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian and infer their astrological sign based upon what you know about their personality from the events of your book.  Be sure to back up your claim with specific evidence from the book.  

Here's a quick guide to the signs:

ARIES - Assertive, aggressive, act quickly, needs adventure 
TAURUS - Stubborn, build slowly, expensive tastes, needs security 
GEMINI - Flexible, social, needs information & options 
CANCER - Indirect, emotional, needs a family 
LEO - Flamboyant, creative, egotistical, needs appreciation & self-expression 
VIRGO - Picky, careful, critical, needs things to make sense 
LIBRA - Social, wishy-washy, needs a relationship 
SCORPIO - Jealous, fight to the death, needs control 
SAGITTARIUS - Restless, philosophical, needs new horizons 
CAPRICORN - Executive, leader, needs to be boss 
AQUARIUS - Innovative, exciting, unconventional, needs to be independent 
PISCES - Sensitive, retreating, needs peace & quiet 

Friday, September 14, 2012

all right, all right... I give...

I'm alive and running!  Finished the Warrior Dash in under 40 minutes, and what a tough run that was.  I haven't stopped.  Four miles every other day.  I'm training for a leg in the Akron marathon, and my running life is alive and well.  I gotta give love to the trails at Silver Creek metro park in Norton, Ohio, and my brother in law, Brad.  You've both helped me define my life lately and, wow, what a lot of fun it is.  LOVE TO ALL!