Teacher Guide

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Lesson Plan

Notes to the Teacher

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is one of the most frequently challenged books in the United States due to its use of profanity and references made to masturbation, violence, domestic abuse, substance abuse, racism, and other topics which readers may find unpleasant or uncomfortable to talk about. Put particular effort into creating an environment in which students feel comfortable discussing such material, and engage with your students if they express discomfort. The material may be particularly potent for middle- and high-school students in an open and engaged classroom.

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