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The Birchbark House Novel Study

The Birchbark House Novel Study

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Level 2 Novel Studies are designed for 3rd to 6th graders. 

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The Birchbark House Novel Study contains:

  • 15 Paragraph-Level Writing Activities
  • Character Journal note-taking project & discussion
  • Vocabulary Journal & Vocab Words
  • Chapter by Chapter Discussion Prompts
  • 11 Discussion Questions
  • Book Club Activity Ideas
  • Links & Additional Book Suggestions to build Background Knowledge

This is a 4-week (or 16 day) novel study that includes paragraph-level writing activities, discussion prompts for each chapter, a guided note-taking project, a vocabulary journal, and ideas for a book club with further discussion questions about the whole novel. 

For 12 days, your learner will read, take notes, complete sentence and paragraph-level writing activities, and study vocabulary. On day 13, your student will select the prompt for their final project paragraph and brainstorm details for it. On day 14, you will discuss the note-taking project with your learner, and they will also outline and draft a paragraph. On day 15, they will revise and edit their paragraph to produce a polished final draft. On day 16, you can have a themed book club with further discussion questions, snacks, and activities.

We recommend doing 6 to 10 novel studies per year.

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 **This is a digital PDF for single-family use. If you are a teacher, you can purchase an extended use license here.**

About The Birchbark House:

"This National Book Award finalist by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Louise Erdrich is the first installment in an essential nine-book series chronicling 100 years in the life of one Ojibwe family, and includes beautiful interior black-and-white artwork done by the author.

She was named Omakayas, or Little Frog, because her first step was a hop.

Omakayas and her family live on an island in Lake Superior. Though there are growing numbers of white people encroaching on their land, life continues much as it always has.

But the satisfying rhythms of their life are shattered when a visitor comes to their lodge one winter night, bringing with him an invisible enemy that will change things forever—but that will eventually lead Omakayas to discover her calling.

By turns moving and humorous, this novel is a breathtaking tour de force by a gifted writer." - Amazon

The last half of this book is intense and I would not recommend reading it with kids younger than 9. That said, it ends on an uplifting note. If you want more details, please email me.

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