Day 6

The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    What might Norma mean when she says Junior has the heart of a dancer?

    Norma might mean that Junior is free inside like a dancer. Alternatively, she may mean Junior has a particular self-awareness, or he is connected to the ancestors through his spirit. Throughout the stories, dancing is a way for the characters to connect to their American Indian traditions, oftentimes in spite of the effects of their generational trauma. It is also possible she is just trying to make Junior feel better for being a bad dancer. You might challenge students to provide textual evidence to support their opinions.

  2. 2

    Why does Norma name Junior Pete Rose?

    Norma renames Junior after...

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