The Birchbark House - Text Evidence
Updated: 1/2/2017
The Birchbark House - Text Evidence
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The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich

Lesson Plans by Elizabeth Pedro

In the prologue, a crew of men find a baby girl, the only survivor of a smallpox epidemic, on Spirit Island. The main story begins by introducing Omakayas as a seven year old girl living with her family: her mother, Yellow Kettle, her beautiful old sister, Angeline, and Grandma Nokomis. She also has an annoying younger brother, Pinch, a sweet baby brother Neewo, her father, Deydey, and family friend, Old Tallow.

The Birchbark House

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The Birchbark House Summary - Text Evidence

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  • Death and sickness affect people differently.
  • Things are not always what they seem.
  • "It was difficult for Omakayas to understand all that had happened. Why Neewo was gone, though at night she imagined that she heard his cries."
  • "What other story do you know about me?"
  • Family and tradition are important.
  • What lessons about life did Omakayas learn?
  • Laughter and happiness helps cure sadness and loss.
  • "Although the family did not return with as much rice as they needed, Omakayas and Two Strike Girl became such good friends that, ever after, they called each other sister."
  • "Ever after that terrible winter, as though he understood from then on how important it was to be funny, Pinch gave laughter to them all."
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