Anne of Green Gables Mini-Unit

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery is a classic book. Did you also know that it is the first in a series of books about Anne? Here are some fun ideas and activities to use in conjunction with a study of this book as well as for the series.


Book Summary:
Anne of Green Gables is about a young girl named Anne (“Ann with an e”) Shirley. She was orphaned at a very young age and lived in several foster homes and orphanages. Then, we she was 11 years old she went to live with a brother and sister named Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert. The story covers her trials and tribulations as well as her triumphants … all of which are generally caused by her vivid imagination and stubborn optimism … while she is growing up on Prince Edward Island.

About the Author:
L.M. (Lucy Maud) Montgomery was born in 1874 on Prince Edward Island in Canada. Anne of Green Gables is her best seller, but by no means her only work. She became a published writer when she was only 12. There are seven sequels to Anne of Green Gables. She also wrote a series on a character called Emily Stone. Today, the Green Gables farm where Montgomery was raised by her grandparents is part of the National Park of Prince Edward Island.

Discussion Questions:
1. Why does Anne insist that her name be spelled with an “e”?

2. How does Matthew Cuthbert react when he discovers that he was going to take home a girl rather than a boy?

3. Describe the characters Matthew Cuthbert, Marilla Cuthbert, and Rachel Lynde.

4. What is a kindred spirit?

5. Why does Anne confess to steeling the Amethyst brooch?

6. What are three ways that Anne and Diana Barry demonstrate their friendship?

7. What happens when Anne and Diana run and jump into bed in Diana’s spare room?

8. Why does Anne walk the ridge-pole on Mr. Barry’s kitchen roof?

9. Why does Anne’s hair turn green?

10. How did Anne change after arriving in Green Gables?

Activities:
1. Find a map of Prince Edward Island. Locate the following on the map:
§ Campbellton
§ Charlottetown
§ Georgetown
§ Hampton
§ Souris
§ Summerside
§ Tignish
§ White Sands
§ Gulf of Lawrence
§ Northumberland Strait

2. Find examples of how Anne uses her imagination to make reality seem more appealing or attractive.

3. Write the major events that occur in each chapter.

4. Anne loves nature. One of the ways of preserving a piece of nature is to press or dry flowers. Try your hand at one of these activities.

5. Write some poetry.

6. One of the activities that Anne participated in was a story club. Create your own story club.

7. Geometry is the most difficult subject for Anne. Make a picture using only geometric shapes of squares, rectangles, and triangles.

8. Research some Canadian plant life: wild roses, balsam fir, willows, peonies, narcissi, columbines, lilac tree, mint, clover, musk flower, starflowers, june bells, maples, poplars. Draw picture of each plant/flower you research.

9. Draw ten sketches on blank index cards to show ten events from the story. Create a story board from your sketches, placing the events in order.

10. Research the history and economy of Prince Edward Island.

Anne on Video: Anne of Green Gables is available on video. Check your local library to see if you can borrow it or borrow it through inter-library loan. If not, check your local video store to see if it is available there.

Vocabulary Words:
Alders
Traversed
Gable
Sorrel
Learnest
Personage
Rapt
Sash
Carpetbag
Gimlet
Predilection
Pinions
Stipulations
Scope
Capricious
Faltered
Premier
Specter
Oblivion
Linger
Crochet
Kindred
Dyspeptic
Chamber
Dryads
Practicalities
Grippe
Fortnight
Amethyst
Gingham
Compunction
Slate
Reprimand
Vagaries
Obstinate
Elocutionist
Titian
Aerial
Chaplet
Placid
Manse
Substantial
Theology
Gruesome
Deprecatory
Gadding
Peerless
Cultivate
Coruscations
Horrid
Providential


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