All of the poems we're looking at today come from the book The Business of Fancydancing by Sherman Alexie. I chose three of his poems that I felt would help us establish the issues and problems that our main character in The Absolutely True Diary will face. They are:
For each of these poems, I asked you all to read silently, highlighting any words/ phrases/ lines that stood out to you as important. After reading these one or two times by yourselves, I asked you to write down some predictions or thoughts about the issues and problems our main character, Arnold, will face in The Absolutely True Diary. Here's a (pretty bad) picture of what you all came up with:
I was truly impressed at how well you gleaned the major issues/ struggles that our main character will deal with in this book. We will revisit these words and predictions as we read.