Junior, a Native American boy growing up on the Spokane reservation in Washington, decides to attend Reardan — an all-white school that’s located 20 miles away from home.
Below are some reading passages that we have hand picked to supplement this book. Be sure to read the passage summaries and our suggestions for instructional use.
This informational text details the final conflicts of the 300-year American Indian Wars and their devastating effects for Native Americans.
In “Life on Reservations,” Jessica McBirney discusses the history of reservations, as well Native American’s quality of life living on them today.
In “American Indian School a Far Cry from the Past,” Charla Bear discusses how Native American boarding schools today, specifically Sherman Indian High School, differ from boarding schools of the past.
In “Behind the Native American Achievement Gap,” Celeste Headlee interviews Anton Treuer, a professor of Ojibwe History and Language, about the education of Native Americans.
In Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s poem “An Obstacle,” she urges us to remain strong when facing everyday obstacles. Gilman was writing as a feminist during a time when it was not socially acceptable to identify as such.
This article summarizes the life of American general Benedict Arnold and how his name has become synonymous with treason and betrayal.
“ICU” is a poem that explores the difficulty of understanding the loss of a loved one.
In Ralph Fletcher’s “Funeral,” a group of boys have a funeral for their friend who is moving away.
Published in 1916, this poem is one of the most frequently cited and most misunderstood of Frost’s poems.
In “How Native Students Can Succeed in College: ‘Be As Tough As The Land That Made You’,” Claudio Sanchez discusses the obstacles Native American students face regarding college and how one particular program has helped.