Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Wheel of Dreams

Well, we've finished our first novel of the year. The Absolutely True Diaries of a Part-Time Indian was a rousing success. We debriefed what made this book so interesting. Some of you felt that it was the realistic language and the humor. Others thought that the comics were a great addition to the story. Thank you for your feedback. This helps me know what areas I should focus on the next time I teach the novel.

After reading the novel and collecting our thoughts, we used a poem by N. Scott Momaday to celebrate our connection to Arnold Spirit and the challenges/ successes he experienced in this novel. Momaday's poem is called "The Carriers of the Dream Wheel". In this poem, Momaday talks about the dreams of ancestors and dreams for the future. It is a beautiful poem. After taking this poem down from dictation and after having a short discussion over it, we created our own wheel of dreams.

We did not have time to share our dreams, but we'll start our next class and our next unit with this conversation. Thank you for your contributions to today's class.

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