In English 7/8 this
summer we read about Lucy Maud Montgomery, a famous Canadian
writer. Lucy originally trained to be a teacher, but her
real career was writing. In fact, she wrote 24 books
and hundreds of poems and short stories. One of her most
well-known stories is Anne of Green Gables.
Actually, Lucy’s life was similar to Anne’s. They were both
orphans and lived with strict elderly people on a farm in
Prince Edward Island in the late 1800s. When Lucy looked
dreamily out the window in her grandparent’s house, she
could see a white house with green gables. Perhaps this
picturesque place inspired her to create the story Anne
of Green Gables. Writers often use situations, people
and places in their own lives to create characters in their
books. It certainly worked for Lucy Maud Montgomery, for her
books have been read and enjoyed by thousands of people
around the world. Since this is the 100th anniversary of the
publication of Anne of Green Gables, you can read
more and view pictures at the
anniversary web site.
You can also read a
brief descriptive paragraph about the first episode of the
Anne of Green Gables
Island’s lovely landscape comes to life in the film Anne
of Green Gables. In the beginning, Anne, a talkative
young orphan, is met at a small train station by Mathew, an
elderly bachelor. Reluctantly, Matthew takes Anne in his
horse drawn buggy back to his home. On the way, they pass
the bright blue Atlantic, gentle green farmland, and pretty
pink blossoms. Anne can’t stop talking, for she is delighted
by all of the sights. When she sees the charming white house
with the green gables, she is elated. It is such a contrast
from her previous home in the grim orphanage. Sadly,
Matthew’s sister, Marilla, is not elated when she sees
Anne. She was expecting a boy. Nevertheless, she feeds Anne
and puts her to bed. Will Marilla change her mind about
Anne? You’ll have to watch this enchanting movie to find
Read the compound
sentences (two sentences put together with a coordinator
such as for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so and a comma)
1. Anne liked
Matthew, and Matthew liked Anne.
2. Anne wanted to
stay, but Marilla wanted Anne to go.
3. Anne would return
to the orphanage, or she would stay at Green Gables.
4. Anne wanted to
stay at Green Gables, for it was the most pleasant place she
had ever seen.
5. Matthew liked Anne
a lot, so he told Marilla that Anne should stay.
6. Anne didn’t want
to return to the orphanage, nor did she want to leave Green
7. Anne liked her
height, yet she didn’t like her hair.
Read the complex
1. When Lucy Maud
Montgomery went to Halifax, she trained to be a teacher.
Lucy Maud Montgomery trained to be a teacher when she went
2. Because Lucy was a
good writer, she won some prestigious awards.
Lucy won some prestigious awards because she was a good
3. If you go to
Prince Edward Island, you can visit Lucy’s home.
You can visit Lucy’s home if you go to Prince Edward Island.