The majority of my students come from low-income households. Many receive little to no help from parents for school supplies or moral support for school work. I have two classes of freshmen, each with about 25 students, at the College Preparation level. Almost all of my students fall into the category of low-income.
Without help from generous donors, my students may be severely lacking in terms of supplies needed for school.
My students need access to literature outside of their textbooks.
I was first introduced to Part-Time Indian during my teacher preparation program in college. Our focus was including diverse, young adult literature in the curriculum in order to allow marginalized students to "see" themselves in the literature and allow empathy to be built with all student readers. Alexie's relatable protagonist in Part-Time Indian allows both of those things to occur. The protagonist's unique voice and the novel's dynamic plot make for a novel study that significantly engages students in their ELA class.
The young adult novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie is a prime example of the intersectionality between race and poverty.
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