*** I have recently added a lesson that goes with the picture book, "When We Were Alone" that also takes on the same subject of residential schools. ***
This is a unit to go along with your Social Studies or as a stand alone novel. It is a wonderful story to introduce the idea of Residential Schools in Canada to even young children. This unit includes printables for Summarizing, Questioning, and Predicting. I've included an answer key for possible answers. There is also a set of questions (3 per chapter that are "on the line", "between the lines", and "in your head" focused.
Finally, there is a Venn Diagram to do as a character who has shown transformation in her two years at Residential School. I have done this unit with as young as grade threes and I know that Middle Schools often do this novel. It is a great book that works well with BC's Revised Curriculum, and other provinces that study First Nations people.
A fun, culminating project was using Chatter Pix to speak in Olemaun's voice. This also showed comprehension in a different way instead of just through writing. It was powerful.