Reflection: Student Self-Assessment Panel Discussion of Characters in "Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" - Section 2: Students Prepare for the Panel Discussion


It's important that the students show empathy for the characters that they study and for the characters on the panel discussion dais, in particular.  Thus, when the student wrote, "He's a nice old man who hates what he has done..." one can see that the student understands the complexity of the character and how the character functions in the story, in a sympathetic way. Additionally, the student sketch, also attached, is remarkably accurate and renders the absurdity of this character, a relatively powerless man who is trying to make amends in his life by steering Junior, the main character, in the right direction. 

By preparing this sort of character sketch, the student prepares emotionally rich, global observations about the character and his significance.  I observed that the students were able to infer into the character's personality, and this skill served the students well as they participated on the panel dais. 

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Panel Discussion of Characters in "Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian"

Unit 2: Metacognition and The Absolutely-True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Lesson 14 of 19

Objective: SWBAT question and respond to issues of characterization by participating in a panel discussion of characters in the novel.

Big Idea: Students interpret characters and themes more deeply when they portray and question those characters in class!

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