Indian in the Cupboard, The - E-Guide

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Grade Range: 5-7

Setting: Contemporary England

Genre: Imaginative

Page Count: 46 + Answer Key

Approximate Completion Time: 7-8 week

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On his birthday, Omri is somewhat disappointed to receive nothing but a small plastic Indian from his friend Patrick, but he is pleased when his brother Gillon gives him a white metal cupboard. Omri discovers that a key, once belonging to his great-grandmother, fits the lock on the cupboard perfectly. He puts the plastic Indian in the cupboard for the night and locks the door. In the morning Omri is shocked to discover that the cupboard has somehow brought the Indian to life. Keeping it a secret, Omri helps the Indian adjust to his new home in Omri's bedroom, providing him with food and shelter; but Omri learns that the Indian is more than a novelty. He is a real person, an Iroquois brave.
He has a name - Little Bear - and he lived in the past over 200 years ago. What began as fun turns out to have very serious repercussions when Omri lets his friend Patrick in on the secret.

Progeny Press' Indian in the Cupboard Language Arts PDF curriculum will provide your Middle School grade student with:

About the Author: Learn about Lynne Reid Banks.
Vocabulary: Increase your vocabulary with numerous activities designed to stimulate retention and linguistic growth.
Literary Techniques: Explore the literary techniques found in the novel, from studying characterization and understanding context to exploring point of view, cliffhangers, deciphering dialect, engaging in compare and contrast exercises, unraveling conflicts, reaching climaxes, achieving resolutions, and identifying overarching themes.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Discover vital lessons and character values. Explore themes of practicing the Golden Rule, promoting equality, the power of prayer, lying and justification, the pursuit of peace, recognizing the pitfalls of greed and envy, managing anger, and confronting the complexities of racism
Activities and Writing Assignments: Dive into the world of the Iroquois Indians, explore the historical backdrop of the French and Indian War, and engage in optional writing assignments that deepen your connection with the novel.
Suggestions for Further Reading: Discover more books from Lynne Reid Banks and others that complement or share similarities with Indian in the Cupboard, offering a broader perspective on themes and experiences found in the novel.

All of Progeny Press' language arts PDF download unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview!

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    2 Reviews

  • Posted by Gayle S. on 24th Sep 2015


    Excellent resource for teaching literature.

    Excellent resource for teaching literature. Love the book and the study guide. I am using it for a 5th/6th grade class of homeschooled students and they are excited about the fantasy story of Omri and his friend, Little Bear...even the girls love it!

  • Posted by Amy P. on 17th Apr 2014


    Indian in the Cupboard Interactive E Guide

    The lessons were well done and easy to follow. I loved how they put in verses throughout the guide to help you understand the behavior that was going on in the book and why we should or shouldn't act accordingly. It was a great study guide.