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Sophomore classes:

Term 2


The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian reading questions


pp. 14-24  "Revenge"


1.What are Rowdy's parents like?

2.What did the Andrus brothers do?

3. What did Rowdy and Junior do in revenge.

pp. 25-31 "Geometry"


1. What is different about Mary?

2. Why is Junior angry?


pp. 32-43  "Hope"

1. What is surprising about what Mr. P. tells Rowdy?

2. What secret does he reveal about Mary?

3. What does he predict about Rowdy?  Why?

pp. 44-47 "Go Means Go"

1.Why does Rowdy want to go to school in Reardon

2.What will be the reaction of other Indians to this decision--according to his parents?

pp. 48-53 "The Blues"

1. Why does Junior touch Rowdy?

2. Why does that cause Rowdy to hit him?  (Think!)

3. Why is Rowdy so angry about Junior's decision to go to Reardon High?

pp. 54-66 "How to Fight Monsters"

1. What is "the best thing" that Junior's father says?

2. According to Junior's illustration, what are three differences between and Indian and a white person?

3. Why do the students laugh at Junior's name?  What is his real name?

4. Under what circumstances must a Spokane Indian fight?  

5. Why does he hit Roger?

6. What about Roger's reaction surprises Junior?

pp. 67-73 "Grandmother Gives Me Some Advice"

1. What is the main point Grandma makes about Roger's response in the previous chapter?

2. Why are Junior's classmates impressed when he arrives at school?

3. What does Penelope think of Junior?  How do you know?

pp. 74-76 "Tears of a Clown"

1. Who is Dawn?

pp. 77-81 "Halloween"

1. What lie does Junior tell?

2. What advice would you give one of the characters?

pp. 82-98 "Slouching Toward Thanksgiving"

1. Who is Gordy?  What does he do for Junior?

2. How far must Junior walk when no one picks him up at the bus stop?

3. What is a tautology?

4. Why does Junior draw cartoons?  (See p. 95.)

pp. 152-158

1.  In what way are Indian parents better than white parents according to Junior?

2.  What is his grandmother's last act of forgiveness?

3.  Why didn't his grandmother drink?

(You can skip pp. 159-167.)

pp. 169-178

1. How does Eugene die?

2.  How does Bobby respond to this?  Junior's father?  His mother?  Junior himself?




Students will hereafter be using dialectical journals to improve comprehension and literary analysis and foster higher order thinking skills.  Training on this will begin after Christmas.


The Glass Castle reading questions


PP. 17-25

1.What are the lives of the Walls like?

pp. 28-28

1. Describe two ways in which Mom and Dad are different.

pp. 29-34

1. What happens to Jeannette?

2. What is disturbing about the behavior of the parents?

pp. 32-34

1. Why are Mom and Dad thrown out of the casino?

2. After the fire, where do they sleep?

pp. 35-38

1. Dad has virtues as well as serious flaws.  What does Dad do in this chapter that might have been good for the Walls children?

2. What does Jeannette learn from her mother at the end of this chapter?

pp. 39-41

1. According to Dad, what advantage do the Walls have over "rich city folks"?  Does he have a point?

2. What do you think of Dad's "gift"?  Is it a fine thing or a mean trick?

pp. 42-47

1. What example of blasphemy is provided by Dad?

2. What is the advantage of life at the LBJ apartments, according to Mom?

3. Why is Mom so guilty-looking when they pick her up at the hospital?  Explain.


1. According to Dad, the whole family--children included--might have gotten arrested on two occasions.  What are they?

2. What is the Prospector?

pp. 51-53

1. What is Mom's reponse to the piano mishap?

2. Provide an example of imagery from this chapter.  (Copy the whole sentence.)

pp. 54-57

1. What is the best thing about life in Battle Mountain?

2. What is the worst?

pp. 58-61

1. Think about Dad's response to Jeannette's attempt at selling rocks and then the "experiment" at the end of the chapter.  What does each incident tell us about Dad?

pp. 62-63

1. Win what way were the women "nice" to the men?

pp. 64-66

1. What do you think of the way Dad taught Jeannette to swim?  What did Jeannette think at the time? How do you know?

pp. 67-72

1. In your view, what is the worst thing that Mom does or says in this chapter?

2.  What is the worst thing Dad does or says?

pp. 73-75

1. In what way does Lori and the other children help Mom?

2. What does Mom do to Lori at the end of this chapter?  Why?

pp. 76-80

1. We learn that Dad inappropriately spends money on two things (or services).  What are they?

2. How is Dad's relationship with Jeannette different?

pp. 81-90

1. Why does Jeannette say that it was a mistake after all to have accepted Billy's ring?

2. Why must the family leave Battle Mountain?


Students will hereafter be using dialectical journals to improve comprehension and literary analysis and foster higher order thinking skills.  Training on this will begin after Christmas.


Honors and College Prep Essay Topic:Hysteria Sweeps Fall River

Write an account of an outbreak of hysteria in Fall River.Make sure you explain what gave rise to the outbreak and how it manifested itself.Hysteria does not usually have anything to do with witchcraft; teenage girls became hysterical when the Beatles or Elvis played, for example.There have been several instances of hysterical illnesses in high school students.You may use your imagination and come up with more unusual causes.Vivid language and perhaps appropriate quotes from bystanders will be welcome.Your account must be in the third person and be at least 300 words long for honors, 250 words for college prep.

1.There are many vivid details40 points

2.Use of language is rich, appropriate, and clear.40 points

3.Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are accurate.20 points



Term 3

Currently reading A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry


Current project: writing MCAS essay.


Choose a character who must make a choice and explain how the choice affects the story.


Essay must be written on Of Mice and Men.


Use the following mnemonic:


I is for ideas.  In your opening paragraph you must first write about the central idea of the writing prompt.  In this case it must be about choice.  Your last sentence is your thesis statement.  This is where you will  tell the reader what your essay is about.  You will include the character, the story you will discuss, and what choice he or she makes.  (Try and word the choice so that it will make some sense to a grader who has never read the book.)  For an especially smooth introduction, the sentence before before your thesis statement should lead smoothly up to it.  For example: "In literature as well as life, choices are also important."

T is for Tell the story.  Remember that your grader may not have read the book you will discuss.  If you don't know how to begin, try, "This is a story about . . . "  Make sure to mention the setting, preferably no later than your second sentence.  Provide plenty of detail in your T paragraph.  Brevity will not get you a good score.  Make sure that when the reader gets to the next paragraph, he will understand the choice your character has made.

A is for Answer the question.  Explain why the character chooses as he does.  You also need to explain how this affects the story.  (You can do this in two paragraphs if you prefer.)  Be as complete as you can.  This is the heart of your essay.

C is for Connection.  Your essay is much too short for a conclusion in which you merely ummarize.  Instead connect the character's situation to that of someone in real life or in another story.  Make one more smart observation!