The Birchbark House, by Louise Erdrich: Literature Unit

Grade Levels
4th - 6th, Homeschool
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257 pages
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200+ Page Common Core Aligned Literature Unit for The Birchbark House!

The Birchbark House Literature Unit Includes:

-Comprehension Packet (with Answer Key)

*This packet is organized by chapter. It features questions of all different levels, as well as several charts and drawing opportunities for students.

-43 Graphic Organizers

Author Study

Cause and Effect (2)

Challenges (2)

Characterization (4)

Comic Relief

Comparisons (4)

Making Connections (3)



Future Characters

Gifts (for Characters)



Natural Resources



Point of View


Problem and Solution




Setting (3)


Similes (3)

Summarizing (2)

Theme (2)


- Vocabulary Packet (Cut-Out Cards with Activity List and Organizers)

-Journal Prompts (34)

-Events and Quotations (Cut-Out Cards with Activity List and Organizers)

-The Birchbark House Book Test (with Answer Key)

Extended Response Writing Prompts (3)

- The Birchbark House Research Activities (4)

-List of Common Core Standards for The Birchbark House Literature Unit

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257 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6–8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


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