The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich is a low prep historical fiction novel study for 5th/6th grade students. The Birchbark House provides a look into the life of the Ojibwa Indians at the time that French settlers and fur traders were arriving in the area around the Great Lakes.
There are many reading activity pages from which to choose in this product.
CCSS 5th grade
Sample Pacing Chart to Organize and Plan Daily Activities
Reading Comprehension Questions
Character Charts (with text evidence)
Birchbark home diagram
Plural and Possessive Nouns
Procedural Writing-- how to tan an animal hide
Compare/Contrast Omakayas to the Bears
Figurative Language (similes and personification)
Cause and Effect
Context Clues (Ojibwa words)
Smallpox expository text
Parts of a Story
Traditional Ojibwa Story Comparison and Writing Activity
**Teacher notes, sample, or answer keys provided for all handouts except the vocabulary lists**
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Literature Unit, Novel Study, Reading Groups, Book Study, Historical Fiction, 5th grade Journeys, Ojibwa, Native Americans, French fur trade