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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

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What are some ideas for haikus about Junior, Mary Runs Away, Mr. P, and Junior's parents, using only details from chapter five, in the book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian?

Junior writes to his grandma about his struggles at school. In this chapter, Junior's mother tells him that she would like to move back to the Rosebud reservation. Mary Runs Away is a talented writer and has been published in many places. Mr. P wants Junior to leave the reservation for his own good and brings up Mary Runs Away as a shining star who has left the reservation.

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The fifth chapter of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is titled "Hope Against Hope," and in this chapter, Mr. P tells Junior that he needs to leave the reservation if he wants to have any chance of gaining opportunities in life. In order to write haikus about specific characters, consider the moments of reflection and acknowledgement that each character has—the "aha" moment. The haiku should represent a revelation. For example, Mary Runs Away is not an active character in this chapter, but Mr. P does mention Mary and how talented she is at writing. He says that she—and Junior—are "shining stars." A haiku might revolve around this idea and image. Similarly, Mr. P cries at the end of the chapter once he acknowledges and admits that he has been part of the loss of hope on the reservation, so a haiku might revolve around this idea and image as well.

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