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June 07

Celebrate Louise Erdrich's birthday today.

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Celebrate Louise Erdrich's birthday today.

Grades K – 12
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Louise Erdrich was born today in 1954. Erdrich is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians and is the author over a dozen novels as well as poetry, short stories, and books for children. Her work depicts Native American characters and settings and has won a number of awards, including the National Book Award for The Round House and the O. Henry Award for “Fleur.” She is also the owner of an independent bookstore in Minnesota.




Project for students the short video Louise Erdrich, author of LaRose, talks about her love of books. Briefly discuss Erdrich’s attitudes toward and associations with books before inviting students to write their own short memory piece about a pleasurable experience with a book, at a bookstore, or in a library.

Encourage students to include sensory details about the book, such as how it looked, felt, smelled, and so on. Then ask students to share their memories to join in Erdrich’s love of books.



  • Discover Author: Louise Erdrich

    This HarperCollins page offers a biographical sketch as well as information about all of her major works.


  • Louise Erdrich | Poetry Foundation

    Erdrich's Poetry Foundation page includes biographical information and links to several of her poems, including "Turtle Mountain Reservation" from Jacklight (1984).


  • Birchbark Blog

    Louise Erdrich's blog is frequently updated and offers a glimpse into her work as an independent bookseller and reader.


  • Louise Erdrich | Books

    This compendium of NPR resources includes booklists featuring Erdrich's works as well as links to archived audio content.


  • Louise Erdrich | Faces of America

    From the documentary series by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., this page includes videos of Erdrich discussing her genealogy and the importance of ancestral history.


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Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Pairing Fiction With Poetry and Performance

Make connections across genres and across cultures to engage students in the study of literary voice and themes. Comprehension skills and vocabulary also come into play, especially for English language learners, as students read a novel and related poems, then write and perform original poems related to the novel.


Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Unwinding A Circular Plot: Prediction Strategies in Reading and Writing

Students use graphic organizers to explore plot in circular stories while focusing on prediction and sequencing. After exploring the features of circular plot stories, students write their own stories.


Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Native Americans Today

This lesson challenges students' views of Native Americans as a vanished people by asking them to compare their prior knowledge with information they gather while reading about contemporary Native Americans.