Lesson plans and teaching resources
Contemporary People: Sherman Alexie
This lesson plan focuses on biography and the importance of cultural diversity. Access requires Adobe Reader or compatible application.
Journeying to Create
This lesson, based on an episode of Now with Bill Moyers uses an interview with Alexie and others to explore where creativity comes from. A free transcript is available.
The setting for Ten Little Indians - photo and additional information.
Biography and critical commentary.
Biography, reviews, criticism.
A bibliography of online resources from the Internet Public Library.
Listen to an interview from 2003, follow links to other interviews.
Sherman Alexie Fuses Tribal and Western Culture
A 2009 video interview emphasizing poetry, 5:23.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
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Debunking the Myth of the American West
Using resources including The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven and Smoke Signals , students research the stereotypes of the American "Old West" and see it revealed more accurately through modern fiction.
Native American Literature -- A Paradigm Shift
This lesson plan uses Smoke Signals and works by other Native American writers to explore differences between traditional Native American thought and traditional European thought. It requires Adobe Reader or compatible application for access.
Watching, Writing, and Learning: Watching Film and Writing Film Essay as an Introduction to the Elements of Narrative Structure, Character Development, and Causal Logic
This extensive lesson plan includes Smoke Signals as a component.
Enrichment Activities: Sherman Alexie's "Reservation Blues"
An extensive list of activities to support reading.
"The Powwow at the End of the World"
Text of the poem.