Monday, August 31, 2015

The Secret Garden Chapter 1

  The Secret Garden was a classic almost when it was published. This book is not only for children, adults can find many delightful allusions, and issues to think about.  Social change can come from literature.  The same can be true with the works of Charles Dickens as well as Frances Hodgson Burnett.  She went through hardships in her life, and decided to provide for her family through her writing for magazines.  Fiction was very popular in the late 19th, and early 20th centuries and she was a woman writer when is was not popular for women to work or write.

Here is the link on Amazon to download the book for free.

Here is a pdf from Gutenberg 

Read Chapter 1 and prepare these questions to speak about with your English teacher.

Before you read the first chapter, what does the title of the novel mean to you.
What does Mary's name signify to you?
What was her parent's attitude toward Mary?
What other book does Mary's drinking a glass of wine remind you of?
How is Mary described?
Is she pretty?
How is Mary's mother described?
Why didn't she leave when she was told to?
What does this tell us about her personality?
Who takes care of Mary? How is this person described?
Why is she left alone?
What animal is left with Mary?  What does this signify to you?
What is Mary's character?
Now, after you have read the first chapter, what does the title of the novel mean to you?

Homework:  Write a newpaper article that explains why the little girl has to go to England.
Write the headline, an introduction, and give details about the events that happened.

Lesson Plan by Rachael Alice Orbach - Professional English teacher

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