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The Secret GardenByFrances Hodgson BurnettA Novel Studyby Nat Reed

The Secret GardenBy Frances Hodgson BurnettTable of ContentsSuggestions and Expectations . . .3List of Skills . 4Synopsis / Author Biography . . .5Student Checklist . .6Reproducible Student Booklet . .7Answer Key . .73About the author: Nat Reed was a member of the teaching profession for more than35 years. He was a full-time instructor at Trent University in the Teacher EducationProgram for nine years. For more information on his work and literature, please visitthe websites www.reedpublications.org and www.novelstudies.org.Copyright 2013 Nat ReedAll rights reserved by author.Permission to copy for single classroom use only.Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only.Not for public display.Revised 20182

The Secret GardenBy Frances Hodgson BurnettSuggestions and ExpectationsThis curriculum unit can be used in a variety of ways. Most chapters of the novel study focus ontwo chapters of The Secret Garden and are comprised of four different sections: Before You ReadVocabulary BuildingComprehension QuestionsActivitiesLinks with the Common Core Standards (U.S.)Many of the activities included in this curriculum unit are supported by the Common CoreStandards. For instance the Reading Standards for Literature, Grade 5, makes reference toa) determining the meaning of words and phrases. . . including figurative language;b) explaining how a series of chapters fits together to provide the overall structure;c) compare and contrast two characters;d) determine how characters respond to challenges;e) drawing inferences from the text;f) determining a theme of a story . . . and many others.A principal expectation of the unit is that students will develop their skills in reading, writing,listening and oral communication, as well as in reasoning and critical thinking. It is important,too, that students be encouraged to relate their own feelings and experiences in certain contexts,and describe their own interpretations of particular passages. Students can work on the activities at their own pace.Every activity need not be completed by all students.A portfolio cover is included (p.7) as well as a Checklist (p.6).Themes which may be taught in conjunction with the novel include the Yorkshire Moors;importance of friendship; perseverance; magic; positive thinking; finding beauty in the midst ofugliness; self-acceptance; family and family responsibilities; the power of love.3

The Secret GardenBy Frances Hodgson BurnettList of SkillsVocabulary Development1.2.3.4.5.6.7.8.Locating descriptive words / phrasesListing synonyms & antonymsIdentifying / creating onomatopoeiaUse of capitals and punctuationIdentifying syllablesListing compound wordsIdentifying / creating similesIdentifying/creating personification9.10.11.12.13.14.15.16.Use of singular / plural nounsUsing content clues: analogiesIdentifying parts of speechDetermining alphabetical orderIdentification of root wordsIdentifying / creating alliterationIdentifying anagramsIdentifying sarcasmSetting Activities1. Summarize the details of a settingPlot Activities1.2.3.4.Complete a 5 W's ChartIdentify conflict in the storyIdentify cliffhangerIdentify the climax of a novel5.6.7.8.Write a synopsisPredict an outcomeComplete a Sequence ChartIdentify foreshadowingCharacter Activities1. Determine character traits2. Meeting a challenge concepts3. Relating personal experiences4. Compare two charactersCreative and Critical Thinking1.2.3.4.ResearchWrite a newspaper articleWrite a letter to a friendComplete an Observation Chart5.6.7.8.Conduct an interviewCreate a journal entryWrite a Book ReviewCreate Found PoetryArt Activities1. Design a cover for the novel2. Draw a picture of a flower3. Create a Storyboard.4. Create a collector's card4

The Secret GardenBy Frances Hodgson BurnettSynopsisWhen orphaned Mary Lennox comes to live at her uncle's great house on the YorkshireMoors, she finds it full of mysterious secrets. There are nearly one hundred rooms, most ofwhich are locked, and the house is filled with creepy old portraits and suits of armor. Mary rarelysees her uncle, and perhaps most unsettling of all is that at night she hears the sound of someonecrying down one of the long corridors.The gardens surrounding the odd property are Mary's escape and she explores every inch ofthem - all except for the mysterious walled-in, locked garden. Then one day Mary discovers akey. Could it open the door to the garden? (The Publisher)Author BiographyFrances Hodgson BurnettBorn in Manchester, England on November 24 1849, FrancesEliza Hodgson was the eldest daughter in a family of two boysand three girls. After her father's death when she was three yearsold, the Hodgsons experienced financial difficulties. As a younggirl, she would scrawl little stories on sheets of old notebooks,as she was unable to afford proper writing materials. In 1865 thefamily moved to Tennessee where they lived in a log cabin andthe teenage Frances set up a little school. She began submittingstories to women's magazines and soon became quite asuccessful writer. In 1873 she married Dr. Swan Burnett andthey had two sons -- Lionel, born 1874, and Vivian, born 1876 -but the marriage was not a happy one. Her younger son, Vivian,clamored for something to read, so Frances wrote "Little LordFauntleroy" and modeled the main character after him. In 1890 tragedy struck when hereldest son, Lionel, died of influenza. Frances and Swan separated and finally divorced in1898, and she went on to remarry Stephen Townshend. Frances moved to Long Island, NewYork in 1901 and there began to write her two most famous stories -- "A Little Princess"and "The Secret Garden", inspired by her poor childhood and her love for gardening.Frances Hodgson Burnett died on 29 October 1924. [http://www.imdb.com]25

The Secret GardenBy Frances Hodgson BurnettStudent ChecklistStudent Name:AssignmentGrade / Level6Comments

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The Secret GardenBy Frances Hodgson BurnettChapter 1-2Before you read the chapter:Every good novel needs an interesting protagonist (the novel's main character). In Chapter Onewe meet a character that you will probably instinctively dislike. Why is it unusual for an authorto create a protagonist who is not likeable? What might be the danger of doing this? How mightit be a good idea?Vocabulary:Match each word with its definition by drawing a line to the answers.1.passiona.a one-story .impudent5.imploree.meaning6.desolationf.causing dismay or horror7.affectionateg.a gown or dress8.contraryh.strong feeling9.intentioni.fond of10. frocksj.frustrate11. discomfitk.irritable12. apparentl.beseech8

Questions1. Describe the setting of Chapter One.2. Think of four appropriate words to describe the personality of Mary Lennox.3. How effective do you think Mary's parents were at raising her? Support your answer withexamples from Chapter One.4. Why hadn't Mrs. Lennox gone to the hills two weeks previously? What was the result?What does this tell the reader about her?5. Why had Mary been completely forgotten and abandoned for a time?6. Mary's nurse had been called Missie .7. What made Mary's stay with the family of the English clergyman difficult?9

8. What upsetting pieces of news did Basil tell Mary about where she was going to live andwith whom?9. Her uncle's name was .10. Describe the personality of Mrs. Medlock.11. What did Mrs. Medlock tell Mary about her uncle's past that intrigued Mary? Why doyou think she found this so interesting?10

Language ActivitiesA. INDIAEurope is merely powerful; India is beautiful. (Savitri Devi)The Secret Garden opens in the country of India. At the time that the events of thisnovel took place there were several thousand people fromthe United Kingdom living in India, which was part of theBritish Commonwealth of Nations.What do you know about this fascinating country?Using resources in your school library or on the Internet,research at least a half-dozen interesting facts about India.This might pertain to its natural resources; important occupations of its people; animallife native to the area; culture; popular foods; recreation; etc.12345611

B. The author seems to enjoy using alliteration – a literary device where the authorrepeats the same consonant sound at the beginning of several words in close succession(especially words beginning with the letter s). An example from Chapter Two is:“'Humph,' muttered Mrs. Medlock”. Using your imagination, create your own examplesof alliteration from the following topics. Each example must contain at least three words.The squabble oftwo raccoonsThe chirp of a robinYour own topicC. Mohandas Karamchand GandhiOne of the most revered individuals ever to hail fromIndia was Gandhi. Do a further investigation of thisimportant figure and briefly describe below what heaccomplished for the people of India, and also themistakes he made as a public figure.12

The Secret Garden By Frances Hodgson Burnett Suggestions and Expectations This curriculum unit can be used in a variety of ways. Most chapters of the novel study focus on two chapters of The Secret Garden and are comprised of four different sections: Before You Read Vocabulary Building Comprehension Questions Activities

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