Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Conflict/Resolution and Theme
I think that the theme of True Diary would be "Keep Fighting." I think that this is a fitting theme because Junior's hydrocephalus required surgery. Junior was not expected to live during the surgery. Later on, he throws a book at a teacher. The teacher has a talk with him. "You threw that book in my face because somewhere inside you refuse to give up." He said. "You've been fighting since you were born. You fought off that brain surgery. You fought off seizures. You fought off drunks and drug addicts. You kept your hope." The teacher is telling Junior that he is the only one left on the reservation who still has hope.
Another part which is essential to the book is during Reardan's basketball game against Wellpinit. Junior is deliberately injured to prevent him from playing. He has to be taken to the hospital. When talking with his coach, he says, "I would walk out of this hospital and walk all the way back to Wellpinit to play them right now if I could." This shows how determined he is to prove himself against Wellpinit, and this leads directly to what is, in my opinion, the best quote in True Diary. I think this is the best quote because it shows that no matter what, Junior will never give up. He has hope for the future, that it might be better.
Reliable Information Sources and Video
American Indians and Bullying in Schools
Ban the R-word Racial Slur
Video: Celebrities Against Bullying
Bullying Infographic: https://aboutproximity.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/bullyfree-infographic.jpg
True Diary Image: http://bookblog.kjodle.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/atd057.jpg
Change the Mascot: http://media.oneidanation.net/images/OIN-CTM-NCAI.jpg
American Indian Programs Target Bullying: Lee, Tanya. "American Indian Programs Target Bullying." Indian Country. Today Media Network.com, 30 May 2011. Web. 5 May 2016.
American Indians and Bullying in Schools: Campbell, Evelyn M. "American Indians and Bullying in Schools." Journal of Indigenous Social Development. University of Minnesota Duluth, 14 Sept. 2013. Web. 5 May 2016.
Ban the R-word Racial Slur: Barkin, Joel. "During National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, Change the Mascot Urges School Administrators Across America to Ban the R-Word Racial Slur." Oneida Indian Nation. Oneida Indian Nation, 23 Oct. 2014. Web. 05 May 2016.
"Celebrities Against Bullying": TryModern.com "Celebrities Against Bullying." YouTube. YouTube, 21 Apr. 2012. Web. 05 May 2016.