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  • Independence High School
  • San Jose, CA
  • Half of students from low‑income households

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This year I was able to teach The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, and it made such a difference! While I am very fond of traditional books, such as Fahrenheit 451, teenagers are not always thrilled to be reading a novel that was published in 1953. Students in their first-year of high school, especially those who have never enjoyed reading, need to have a positive reading experience before they tackle more difficult texts likes Shakespeare's plays. My students say that The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is hysterically funny, while still tackling serious issues that they relate to. My 105 students this year all loved this book! Even while learning online, my students were very excited to see how Junior (the main character) would be able to survive his first year of high school while facing bullying, racial discrimination, poverty, and family alcoholism. This novel laid the groundwork for students to be open to the other books we read; they know that they can understand the text and actually have fun.

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This year I was able to teach The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, and it made such a difference! While I am very fond of traditional books, such as Fahrenheit 451, teenagers are not always thrilled to be reading a novel that was published in 1953. Students in their first-year of high school, especially those who have never enjoyed reading, need to have a positive reading experience before they tackle more difficult texts likes Shakespeare's plays. My students say that The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is hysterically funny, while still tackling serious issues that they relate to. My 105 students this year all loved this book! Even while learning online, my students were very excited to see how Junior (the main character) would be able to survive his first year of high school while facing bullying, racial discrimination, poverty, and family alcoholism. This novel laid the groundwork for students to be open to the other books we read; they know that they can understand the text and actually have fun.

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