Common Reading Program

Faculty Resources

Are you interested in affiliating a course with high first-year student enrollment? Please have a look at our frequently asked questions for more information on what that means.

Are you already affiliating a course with the Common Reading Program? Please join us on June 13, 2011 for an all-day workshop for faculty using the book in the classroom. We'll spend the morning discussing themes of the book, myth-busting, and providing information to complement your approach to teaching it. After lunch together we'll spend time building curricular elements. Continental breakfast and lunch provided; $300 stipend available to faculty for full-day attendance. Please RSVP to Christine R. Metzo by telephone (320) 308-2944 or

See Summer Assignments for a look at what students are asked to do during the summer while they are reading The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

Teaching Sherman Alexie: Suggested Resources for Faculty

Alexie, Sherman, and Nancy J. Peterson. Conversations with Sherman Alexie. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2009.

Berglund, Jeff, and Jan Roush. Sherman Alexie: A Collection of Critical Essays. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2010.

Berglund, Jeffrey. "Facing the Fire: American Indian Literature and the Pedagogy of Anger." American Indian Quarterly 27.1 (2003): 80-90.

Bird, Gloria. "The Exaggeration of Despair in Sherman Alexie's "Reservation Blues"." Wicazo Sa Review 11.2 (1995): 47-52.

Bruce, Heather E., Anna E. Baldwin, and Christabel Umphrey. Sherman Alexie in the Classroom: "This is Not a Silent Movie. Our Voices Will Save our Lives". Urbana, Ill.: National Council of Teachers of English, 2008.

Coulombe, Joseph L. "The Approximate Size of His Favorite Humor." American Indian Quarterly 26.1 (2002): 94-115.

Evans, Stephen F. "'Open Containers': Sherman Alexie's Drunken Indians." American Indian Quarterly 25.1 (2001): 46-72.

Grassian, Daniel. Understanding Sherman Alexie. Columbia, S.C.: University of South Carolina Press, 2005.

McFarland, Ron. "Teaching Sherman Alexie's "Reservation Blues"." Wicazo Sa Review 16.2 (2001): 139-147.

Copies of articles listed here may be found on the Common Reading Program SharePoint site.