2. Take vocabulary test on Tuesday, Aug. 16.
3. Read novel 10 minutes each day of class.
4. Watch film clip of old American Indian stereotypes.
5. Complete "So What" article response and submit to TurnItIn.com by Monday, Aug. 22
Class ID numbers:
Period 1: 4184067
Period 3: 4184069
Period 5: 4184072
Period 6: 4184073
Period 7: 4184074
Enrollment Password: chamblee
6. Watch Smoke Signals film while taking notes for the following essay questions. If you were absent for the film, find your assignment here: http://www.dinkypage.com/122310. Upload your answers to TurnItIn.com by Monday, Aug. 22.
(Standards #1, 2, & 3)
Essay Questions for Smoke Signals by Sherman Alexie:
Choose 5 of the following 10 questions to answer. Each answer should be AT LEAST 12 sentences. In order to earn 100%, your answers must include
--specific evidence from the film
--deep, critical observations/thoughts about the film
--connections to what you have experienced in your own life or what you already know about American history
--one of our vocabulary words (be sure to underline it!)
- What three things can you infer about Spokane Indian culture from this movie?
- What three themes (messages) does the film have?
- How and why do the following characters change?
- Thomas (How was he in the beginning? How did he change? Why did he change?)
- Victor (How was he in the beginning? How did he change? Why did he change?)
- Arnold (How was he in the beginning? How did he change? Why did he change?)
- Describe 3 flashbacks in the film and explain why those flashbacks were very important to the story.
- Key events in this story take on or around the American Independence Day holiday. On Independence Day, Thomas’s parents die, Victor tells his father that nobody is his favorite Indian, and Arnold hits Victor. Why does the writer Sherman Alexie choose Independence Day for these events?
- Thomas’s grandmother says to Victor’s mother at the beginning of the film that Victor is a good name because “It means he’s gonna win.” Do you think Victor is a “winner” in this story? Why or why not?
- What aspects of this film deal with situations unique to Indians? What aspects concern themes that are universal to all people?
- Near the beginning of the film, Thomas says, “You know, there are some children who aren’t really children at all. They’re just pillars of flame that burn everything they touch. And there are some children who are just pillars of ash, that fall apart if you touch ’em. Me and Victor—we were children born of flame and ash.” What does Thomas mean by this?
- Near the end of the film, Thomas asks Victor, “Do you know why your Dad really left?” Victor replies, “Yeah. He didn’t mean to, Thomas.” What didn’t Arnold mean to do? What does this exchange reveal to us about Victor and Thomas?
- This poem appears at the end of the film. How do you feel about the poem?
Maybe in a dream.
Do we forgive our fathers for leaving us too often or forever?
Maybe for scaring us with unexpected rage,
or making us nervous because there never seemed to be any rage there at all?
Do we forgive our fathers for marrying or not marrying our mothers?
For divorcing or not divorcing our mothers?
And shall we forgive them for their excesses of warmth or coldness?
Shall we forgive them for pushing or leaning?
For shutting doors?
For speaking through walls, or never speaking, or never being silent?
Do we forgive our fathers in our age or in theirs? Or in their deaths?
Saying it to them or not saying it?
If we forgive our fathers, what is left?