Louise Erdrich
Lesson plans for The Birchbark House, Love Medicine

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Biography and Background

Louise Erdrich
Biography at Wikipedia.

Lesson Plans for Specific Works

The Birchbark House
Comprehension questions, vocabulary words, and supporting activities. Adddresses third grade standards in E/LA and social studies.

The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich
This review from Carol Hurst summarizes the book and suggests some approaches.

The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich
Summary, analysis, and activities.

The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich
Summary, book talk, discussion questions, and related links.

Louise Erdrich
Photo, biography, criticism, and an online story, "Saint Marie."

Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
This article explores some of the issues that accompany this novel and suggests some strategies for approaching them.

Love Medicine Reading Group Guide
Background and 4 discussion questions.

The Painted Drum
A reading group guide of 10 questions. 1 page; Adobe Reader required.

"Saint Marie"
Text of the story.

"The Shawl"
Text of the story. Access requires Adobe Reader or compatible application.

"Two Languages in Mind, but Just One in the Heart"
In this essay Erdrich reflects on the impact of her effort to learn her Native American language, Ojibwe, stating, "to engage in the language is to engage the spirit." Compare with Amy Tan's essay, "Mother Tongue".



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