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Anne's New Names

Explore Prince Edward Island with Anne of Green Gables! Draw and describe this enchanting Canadian island in an accordion book.

  • Grade 4
    Grade 5
    Grade 6
  • Multiple Lesson Periods
  • Directions

    1. In Anne of Green Gables, Anne said, "When I don't like the name of a place or a person I always imagine a new one and always think of them so." When Anne first came to Prince Edward Island she saw many sights and gave them her own colorful new names, such as White Way of Delight or Snow Queen.
    2. After reading Anne of Green Gables, have students find three examples when Anne renamed something. Using Crayola® Metallic Colored Pencils, have them make a list that includes her invented names, the items' real names, and a description of what she renamed. Next to Anne's new name, students create their own original name for the same item and write it down.
    3. Students research the land, animals, people, and resources of Prince Edward Island. Students choose at least three characteristics about this Canadian island, such as lobsters, sandstone cliffs, or red soil and, like Anne, rename them. Using colored pencils, students write down their new names.
    4. Students cut construction paper in half lengthwise with Crayola Scissors. Tape the pieces together at the short ends. Create an accordion book by folding the paper at least seven times.
    5. Students cut two pieces of cardboard the same size as the book's pages. Using Crayola School Glue, attach both covers of the book to the cardboard. Dry.
    6. Using Crayola Gel Markers, Construction Paper Crayons, and colored pencils, students write a title, such as Dictionary of Prince Edward Island, on the front cover. Include Anne and the student's name as the authors. Add decorative sparkle to the cover with Crayola Glitter Glue. Dry.
    7. On the inside pages, students draw pictures and write the new names and descriptions of the examples they chose.
  • Standards

    LA: Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.

    LA: Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.

    LA: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

    LA: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

    LA: Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.

    VA: Use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner.

    VA: Know how the differences among visual characteristics and purposes of art in order to convey ideas.

    VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.

  • Adaptations

    After researching Prince Edward Island, students create a travel guide for future tourists. What sites will you include in your guide? Where should tourists go on the island to get the genuine feel for the people and culture? The travel guide may be done with paper and pencil or as an electronic presentation. All artwork included in this presentation should be realistic interpretations of actual sites on the island interpreted by the travel guide authors. Original pictures can be scanned into an electronic presentation. Use Crayola products to create your artwork.

    Create an accordion book to describe the characteristics of your town, city, state, province, and/or country. Provide them with creative, inventive names. Be prepared to present your accordion book to the class or small group. Completed accordion books can be posted in the classroom for viewing.

    Fold a 12x18 sheet of construction paper in half. Students select a favorite scene from Anne of Green Gables to illustrate on the left side of the paper's fold. Provide a written description of what is being shown in the scene, which can be attached to the left side of the paper. Next, students alter the scene, re-drawing it and writing a description of the changes and how these may impact the outcome of the book. This written description is attached to the right side of the paper.


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