National Endowment for the Arts - The Big Read
Love Medicine

Love Medicine

by Louise Erdrich

To be mixed blood is great for a writer. I have one foot on tribal lands and one foot in ordinary middle-class life.

Louise Erdrich (Photo by Persia Erdrich, courtesy of HarperCollins Publishers)

Schedule/Lesson Plans

This is a suggested teaching schedule for a 10 day class study of Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine. Lesson plans and handouts can be downloaded individually by clicking on the name of the file in the schedule below. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view these files.

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Day One
Focus: Biography
Day One Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Two
Focus: Culture and History
Day Two Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Three
Focus: Narrative and Point of View
Day Three Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Four
Focus: Characters
Day Four Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Five
Focus: Figurative Language
Day Five Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Six
Focus: Symbols
Day Six Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Seven
Focus: Character Development
Day Seven Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Eight
Focus: The Plot Unfolds
Day Eight Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Nine
Focus: Themes of the Novel
Day Nine Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Ten
Focus: What Makes a Book Great?
Day Ten Lesson Plan [PDF]


Handout 1: Native American Education and the U.S. Government [PDF]
Handout 2: Tips on Reading a Collection of Linked Short Fiction [PDF]
Handout 3: The Chippewa Creation Story [PDF]

Download all ten lesson plans and handouts [.zip]

*Page numbers refer to the 2009 HarperPerennial 25th anniversary edition of Love Medicine.

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