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These two lesson plans are designed to connect with the BirchBark House book. The journal activity is designed to allow students to write a five paragraph essay about the Ojibwa (Anishinabe and Chippewa) in a creative way. Students will use the following website to gather information about the Ojibwa.
This website is very student friendly. The student handout will guide students through the five paragraph essay format. The BirchBark book can also be used as a source of information. Each paragraph will focus on a different topic such as:
Government and daily life
Travel and housing
The assignment uses creative writing by allowing the students to take the role of an American missionary traveling through Ojibwa lands in 1847. A grading rubric is included for the teacher.
The second lesson plan is a webquest on the Ojibwa (Anishinabe and Chippewa).
Students will gain basic knowledge about the Ojibwa (Chippewa/Anishinabe) by completing an internet based worksheet. The following topics are covered in this webquest:
Food and resource gathering
Family roles and etiquette
Housing and transportation
The webquest contains twenty questions and is a great introduction to the Ojibwa or the BirchBark House in general.