Indian in the Cupboard, The - Study Guide

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Arizona Young Readers Award, California Young Reader Medal, Pacific Northwest Young Readers Choice Award, Virginia Young Readers Program Award, Illinois Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Award, Massachusetts Children's Book Award

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.

Through Lynne Reid Banks' coming-of-age best seller, students will learn:

About the Author: Learn about Lynne Reid Banks.

Vocabulary words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth.

Literary Techniques: Characterization, in context, point of view, cliff hanger, dialect, compare and contrast, conflict, climax, resolution, theme.

Moral Lessons and Character Values: Do unto others, equality, prayer, lying, justification, peace, greed and envy, anger, racism. 

Activities and Writing Assignments: Iroquois Indians, French and Indian War, optional writing assignments.

Suggestions for Further Reading:  We include a wonderful reading list of more books by the same author(s) and other books that tie in with, or are similar to, Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks.

All of the unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview!

Features and Benefits of the study guide

Printed Workbook Format

  • Large 8.5x11 format is convenient to read and easy on the eyes
  • Every question has plenty of whitespace for student’s answers
  • Encourages neat and clean handwriting practice
  • Easily transports without the need for a laptop or other expensive equipment
  • Provides a permanent record of the student’s work
  • Convenient, removable answer key included for the teacher!

  CD Format

  • Provides the study guide in universally compatible PDF format (works on Mac AND Windows)
  • No costly software purchases necessary
  • Our Interactive Study Guide should be opened with the FREE Adobe Readerprogram. With the interactive feature, students have the capability of entering their answers directly on the computer and saving their work in progress.
    Note: Mobile Devices/Tablets may require alternative app that supports and saves fillable form fields.
  • Or choose to conveniently print what you need, when you need it:
    • Print the whole guide at once
    • Print single lessons or pages as the student completes them
    • Print multiple copies of the entire guide for classroom sets
  • Easy to use with multiple students
  • Complete separate answer key file included for the teacher!


  • 4
    Indian in the Cupboard

    Posted by Renee on 19th Nov 2017

    I've ordered several Progeny Press study guide's over the past 10 years and have never been disappointed. They are well written, thought provoking, grade appropriate and beneficial in helping a student grasp various reading comprehension concepts.

  • 5
    Excellent language arts

    Posted by Paula N. on 3rd Sep 2015

    My son hasn't started Indian in the Cupboard yet, he started with Shiloh. But, we love the CD study guides. These are really great for a language arts program.