The Birchbark House Themes

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The Birchbark House - Theme

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Themes, symbols, and motifs come alive when you use a Storyboard. In this activity, students will identify a theme of The Birchbark House and support it with evidence from the text.


One theme is "the relationship between humans and nature”:

  • Omakayas calls the bear cubs her brothers and speaks to the mother bear, who leaves her unharmed.
  • Omakayas asks the bears to teach her about their medicines.
  • When Omakayas and her family are near starvation, Nokomis dreams of a dear. She speaks to Deydey about this dream, who then finds the deer, killing it for food.


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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that identifies a theme in The Birchbark House. Illustrate examples and write a short description below each cell.


  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify a theme in the story and write it on the row.
  3. Find three examples of the theme in the text and describe one in each cell.
  4. Illustrate each example with appropriate characters, scenes, and items.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.
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