Based on the novel by Joseph Bruchac
1. Joseph Bruchac is the author of the story. Watch this interview on Youtube.
2. Ohkwa'ri is a member of the Mohawk
people. They are part of the first United Nations.
What special powers do women have? (Scan down to the part about women)
Offline: In what part of the story
does Bruchac describe this power the women have.
builds himself a lodge. It is so small inside that he
must sleep curled in a ball.
How large were longhouses?
Compare this to your home or school. Which is larger?
4. Otsi:stia harvests strawberries.
5. Native peoples marked the passage of
time by the moons. Which moon
do the Mohawks say it is this month?
6. Herons Flying tells Otsi:stia and Ohkwari
the story of the smallest ball player. She describes the field as a
Name the two great lakes she mentions.
7. Hand Talker uses his hand to talk because
he can no longer speak.
Describe a hand signal you use or have seen used.
What is its message?
8. The Mohawk people are also called the Flint People. What is flint?
9. Ohkwa'ri thanks the maple tree for the
sweet sap used to make a drink.
10. Otsi:stia is cautioned against telling
stories at the wrong time of year. Doing this will anger the Little
11. Ohkwa'ri's quick thinking and correct
actions saved Grabber's life.
12. Consider this list of animals that
are mentioned in the story. Select one and write three facts about it.
What is the percentage of these animals that can be found in your community?
13. Write the
Mohawk Hello greeting. Include your name.
Offline: Try saying it to a peer.
14. Mr. Bruchac has written many books. Consider this list
15. The stories of the First People often
taught valuable lessons.
A. Name the story - The story of the ball
game is a tale of some animals excluding other animals.
B. Review the Comparison and Contrast Guide @ ReadWriteThink.
C. Allies in War, Partners in Peace - the Story of Polly Cooper, the Oneida People and Valley Forge
"You must sometimes think before you do things." Otsi:stia
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2005 Cindy O'Hora,
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