Everything you need to understand or teach Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan.
The Homeless Bird summary: The Homeless Bird is the story of a young girl in India who is given in marriage to a young boy who dies only days after the wedding. The girl, Koly, is stranded with her in-laws and lives a miserable existence with the constant scolding of her mother-in-law until she's abandoned in a city filled with young widows. Like a Homeless Bird, she is afraid and adrift until good fortune lands her in a good job and then in love with a young landowner.
Homeless Bird Lesson Plans contain 158 pages of teaching material, including: