Writer's Notebook

Unofficial and Unwritten Rules

In Sherman Alexie's (2007) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, the narrator, Junior, a native American who relocated to an all-white school, shares the following unofficial and unwritten rules for fighting:

The Unofficial and Unwritten (but you better follow them or you're going to get beaten twice as hard) Spokane Indian Rules of Fisticuffs

Rule 1: "If somebody insults you, then you have to fight him."

Rule 2: If you think someone is going to insult you, then you have to fight him."

Rule 3: "If you think someone is thinking about insulting you, then you have to fight him."


Using Junior's list as a starting point, write your own list for something going on in your own life.


Open my example here


Scoring Guide:

10 rules = A 

7-9 rules = B

5-6 =C+

4-1 Keep working on it!