Differentiated Lessons for Teaching “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven” by Sherman Alexie
Informational texts and literature to accompany Sherman Alexie’s The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven
First published in 1993, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven is a collection of 24 short stories that follow protagonists Victor Joseph and Thomas Build-the-Fire (among others) through life on the Spokane Indian Reservation. With brutal honesty, Alexie paints a picture of lives on a reservation including drugs and alcohol, Indian heroes, sports, government housing, storytelling, and more. Following its release, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for Best First Book of Fiction and remains a prominent read in classrooms around the United States.
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