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.
Audio Guide CDs are available only for the communities participating in The Big Read. If your community is participating, contact the lead community organization to receive a free Audio Guide. If your community is not participating, encourage a local organization (such as a library, museum, literary center, arts council, or similar non-profit organization) to apply.
Day One Lesson Plan [PDF]
Focus: Culture and History
Day Two Lesson Plan [PDF]
Focus: Narrative and Point of View
Day Three Lesson Plan [PDF]
Day Four Lesson Plan [PDF]
Focus: Figurative Language
Day Five Lesson Plan [PDF]
Day Six Lesson Plan [PDF]
Focus: Character Development
Day Seven Lesson Plan [PDF]
Focus: The Plot Unfolds
Day Eight Lesson Plan [PDF]
Focus: Themes of the Novel
Day Nine Lesson Plan [PDF]
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]
*Page numbers refer to the 2009 HarperPerennial 25th anniversary edition of Love Medicine.