Today's Learning Goal
Identify an overarching theme in Sherman Alexie's short stories (i.e. a theme that seems to bind all the stories together)
Review your group's google doc from yesterday's class and Ashley's comments.
1. All-class discussion
2. Gallery Walk Activity (5 groups)
Round 1: Identifying key quotes- 10 minutes per poster
Round 2: Move back to your original poster-- 15 minutes
3. Journal #4 work time
Theme: Finding an Identity as a Native Youth
Quote 1: "You see, the car looked mean. Mostly we just parked it in front of the Trading Post and tried to look like horsepowered warriors. Driving it was a whole other matter, though. It belched and farted its way down the road like an old man. That definitely wasn't cool" (13).
Analysis: In these quotes, the overarching theme is the struggle to find an identity as a Native youth amidst stereotypical and/or traditional roles for Native Americans and the reality of reservation life and the 21st century. For instance, in "A Drug Called Tradition" the boys are intoxicated by the visions of tradition but ultimately decide to throw the drug away and live in the present moment- not forgetting tradition but not clinging to it either. In "Crazy Horse Dreams" Victor and the women seem to seek out an authentic Indian in the other person only to be disappointed when she realizes Victor is not Crazy Horse. Also, in _______________________, __________________________________________________________________. Ultimately, it seems that Alexie is trying to show the challenges of walking between two worlds and how Native youth are influenced by stereotypes and tradition in forming their identity. He seems to argue that "walking with your skeletons" but living in the present, is the best way to overcome this struggle.
4. Ticket out the door:
Humanities 11 Teacher at Animas High School