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message 1: by Ms. Flagg (new)

Ms. Flagg One paragraph for each:

1.) How have expectations influenced Junior’s life?

2.) How are the expectations of the reservation kids different for those at Reardan?

3.) How does “In Like A Lion” apply to the chapter (remember the saying about the month of March—”In like a lion, out like a lamb).


message 2: by Max B (new)

Max B I think that expectations have influenced Junior's life in many ways. just in the part we read today, the outcome would've been completely different if nothing was expected from him. In the book today, Arnold is about to play the big game against Wellpinint. He isn't usually a starter but for the big game, coach has him starting and guarding Rowdy. Arnold is surprised. Then coach walks up to him and says, "You can do it." I think this can be an expectation set by coach. I think he thinks that Arnold can guard Rowdy and can win the game and Arnold rises to the occasion and does win, and guards Rowdy very well the whole game.

The expectations of the Reardan kids are very different than those of the kids on the rez. The kids at Reardan are expected to get good grades, not misbehave, and go to college. While the expectations of the rez kids are to do okay in school, not try so hard and not go to college. The expectations are polar opposites.

This saying could apply to the chapter because of the basketball game. Arnold gets very pumped at the beginning of the game and gets off to a great start. Rowdy tries to dunk on the opening play and Arnold jumps higher than Rowdy and grabs the ball right out of his hands. Then he runs it to the other side of the court and sinks a three pointer. But then, after crushing Wellpinint by 40 points, he feels bad and starts crying. He starts like a lion, big, tough and strong and ends like a lamb, small, weak and fragile.


Sebastianlikespie13 I think expectations have influenced junior's life because based on the expectations that other people have on him he is influenced to become what his expectations are. One example is when the coach had high expectations on Junior to guard Rowdy he did and met with the coaches expectations.

I think the different expectations from the reservation kids to the kids in Reardan is that they have less expectations on the kids on the reservation because they have no hope but the reardan kids do.


message 4: by Emily (new)

Emily Ravaschiere 1.) How have expectations influenced Junior’s life?

2.) How are the expectations of the reservation kids different for those at Reardan?

3.) How does “In Like A Lion” apply to the chapter (remember the saying about the month of March—”In like a lion, out like a lamb").


In The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, expectations have influenced Junior's life to make him try to continue to hope and then to try to make his dreams come true. First, even when Arnold (Junior) is talking in the beginning of the book about his family and how they gave up their hopes, he draws cartoons. When he draws cartoons, he gets to comment on what was great about what he sees, and what makes him so mad because it could be better. For example, he draws a picture of his parents. In his picture, his mom has a lot of books and is a teacher. His dad is a cool saxophone musician. Arnold sees what is possible. But also, he sees that his parents aren't these things, and he writes on the picture about how his parents are not these things because nobody paid attention to their dreams. Arnold continues to draw his cartoons, so he still has a little hope. Next, Arnold's teacher, Mr. P., sees that Arnold does not give up, and Mr. P. shows that he expects Arnold to do better than other people on the reservation. But that means that Arnold has to leave the reservation, so expectations change Arnold's whole life. The basketball coach at Reardan expects Arnold to play hard for his new school. This means that Rowdy hurts Arnold and Arnold really makes a mental break from his old school.

The expectations of the reservation kids are different from the Reardan kids. The reservation kids do not expect that they will do well in life. They do not expect that they will go to college, or be successful in something great that they will do as adults. The reservation kids see their adults being drunk, riding motorcycles, or doing actions that do not build for the future. So the Wellpinit kids goof around more. The Reardan kids expect that they will have a good life. For example, a Reardan girl tells Arnold that she wants to visit the Great Wall of China. Arnold tells her that these are big goofy dreams, but the girl says they are real to her. She has a plan and she expects it to come true. Therefore, Reardan kids expect to get their school work done and not goof around in school.

”In like a lion, out like a lamb" is an expression that people use to describe March. March starts out cold and stormy. The weather is "fierce" and "fierce" is how we also describe a lion. That is very hard to live with. Then, at the end of March, the weather gets more like spring. Spring is easier for people to get around and people are happy to get out of the difficult winter. A lamb is a gentle animal. It is weaker than the fierce lion. In the chapter "In Like A Lion," Arnold is getting recognized for playing great basketball. He will have to face his old friends from the reservation. This is so hard. And then Reardan wins! Instead of having joy, Arnold feels so bad because he won over his reservation friends and they had to lose. Arnold cries. His Reardan team thinks he cries because he is so happy to win. But Arnold is ashamed and that is really why he cries. So he is not fierce like a lion like at the beginning of the chapter, he is weaker.


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