Freebies, Great Books, New Blogs – Oh My!

I am very proud to be a part of Reading With Mrs. D’s “Booking Across Canada” event! Bloggers from almost all provinces and territories have chosen a book that represents some aspect of where they live and have provided a freebie along with their blog post.

Thanks so much to Mrs. D. for putting this whole blog hop together. It was a fantastic idea and I hope that everyone gathers up LOTS of great titles and freebies to keep in their back pocket for the next school year!

When I was trying to decide what book to choose for this event, there was one very obvious choice, making my decision quite easy. If you’ve ever heard of Prince Edward Island, chances are you may also have heard of a feisty red-headed girl named Anne.
Anne of Green Gables was written by Island author, Lucy Maud Montgomery in 1908. The story is that of Anne Shirley, a spirited and talkative young girl, with an amazing imagination and way with words.

Just in case you’re interested here are two links for you. The first is a link to Amazon to purchase the set of Anne books: The Complete Anne of Green Gables Boxed Set (Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island, Anne of Windy Poplars, Anne’s House of Dreams, … Rainbow Valley, Rilla of Ingleside) This second link will give you 3 of the Anne books, including Anne of Green Gables, as a free download for your Kobo.

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Anne, a young orphan,  has never felt truly loved by anyone – not even herself. That is, until she goes to live with the Cuthberts, a brother and sister who needed help on their farm at Green Gables on beautiful Prince Edward Island. They had intended to adopt a boy from the orphanage, but were sent Anne instead. Matthew, the brother of the pair, is very kind hearted and convinces his sister Marilla, that they should keep Anne.

Various antics keep the reader engaged, as Anne finds herself constantly getting into lots of sticky situations – none of them actually her fault, of course. Through the story, Anne learns about friendship, love, hard work and accepting herself for who she is. Anne has lots of struggles and successes along her path, as she grows and matures. Of course the Cuthberts come to love the fiery redhead, and call her their own.   I won’t give away any more of the details, or how the novel ends, but I will tell you that you will enjoy the twists and turns of the plot and may need a tissue by the end of this classic Island story.

There are many teaching points and themes that Anne of Green Gables could address in the classroom – voice, sentence fluency, word choice, setting description, new vocabulary, figurative language etc. I have decided to focus on voice.

The way that Anne speaks is filled with passion, theatrics and spirit. This 11year old is not afraid to speak her mind. She uses her imagination to make herself feel better and to bring excitement to her life. Almost any passage in which Anne speaks, could be selected and used as a mentor text, to highlight her imaginative and energetic voice.

The freebie that I have attached would be great to use with this Island classic. Of course, I’m practical and know that not everyone will want or be able to use this exact novel. Therefore, although this freebie was inspired by Anne and her imagination, it can be used with other books from your classroom library.

Anne of Green Gables Freebie

Of course, like many great classics, Anne of Green Gables has also been made into a movie. Truth be told, it’s one of my favorites! Here’s a short trailer of the film.

Make sure to visit as many of the blogs in this event as you can! There are lots of amazing resources out there to be found!

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About krystalmills

I am a Grade 7 teacher in Prince Edward Island. Lessons From The Middle shares lessons from the classroom, and occasionally from my life as a mom of two young boys. The goal of this Canadian teacher blog is to share middle school lessons, activities and ideas from my classroom and to collaborate with the wonderful online community of teachers out there as well! Thanks for stopping by!   Find me on Facebook Twitter Pinterest Browse my TPT Store Browse my TN Store

Posted on June 1, 2013, in Blog Hop, Education, Freebies, General Teaching, Literacy, Middle School and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Krystal,
    In a past email to you, I mentioned the Anne books b/c you live where they took place. How wonderful for you! When I saw that your introduction to “Booking Across Canada”, I kept my mental fingers crossed as I read your post, waiting to see what you would choose. Hooray for Anne and for all of the children who will get to know this marvelous character.

    As a side note, my oldest granddaughter turned nine on 5/19; her mother (my daughter) gave her Anne of Green Gables- her copy that I gave to her when she was nine. The tradition continues.

    This should be a delightful reading summer for Canadian students.

    Connie Casserly

    • What an amazing tradition and a well loved book to receive for a birthday gift. What a lucky little girl! I remember the email message, but I forget if you’ve ever visited the Island Connie! Have you been here before?

  2. Anne of Green Gables is my all time favorite book and series of books. I grew up reading them, and still to this day, when i need a pick me up, will reach for book 1. I love when PBS (our public broadcasting television) does a marathon because, inevitably, they play the Anne of Green Gables movie.

    Prince Edward Island is such a beautiful place; one day I hope to visit to see it in person!

    Mathematically yours,
    Jamie aka MissMathDork!

    • Aw, thanks for the comment Jamie. What I love about Anne is that it just transports you to another time and place. Make sure to come and visit PEI some day! We can go to the beach:)


  3. Anne of Green Gables was my all-time favourite series as a kid. I still have all my childhood books:)

  4. A perfect choice Krystal. I love Anne:)

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