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The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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Pixton Lesson Plan on The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings classic literature  to life with comics and storyboards.
Pixton Lesson Plan on The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Main Characters

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

When you import any of the activities below, you can choose to share these ready-made characters with your students.

  • Mary Lennox from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
    Mary Lennox

    A ten-year-old girl who is sent to live with her uncle after her parents die

  • Colin Craven from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
    Colin Craven

    Archibald Craven's ten-year-old son

  • Dickon Sowerby from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
    Dickon Sowerby

    "A common moor boy" who befriends Mary

  • Martha Sowerby from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
    Martha Sowerby

    Mary's friend and maidservant

  • Ben Weatherstaff from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
    Ben Weatherstaff

    A gruff old gardener at Misselthwaite

  • Archibald Craven from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
    Archibald Craven

    The master of Misselthwaite Manor

  • Lilias Craven from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
    Lilias Craven

    Archibald's wife, who died ten years before the novel’s time

  • Susan Sowerby from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
    Susan Sowerby

    Martha and Dickon’s mother

  • Mrs. Medlock from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
    Mrs. Medlock

    The head servant at Misselthwaite Manor

  • Dr. Craven from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
    Dr. Craven

    Archibald's brother and Colin's uncle

Featured Props

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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  • Bird
    Bird
  • Branch
    Branch
  • Gates
    Gates
  • House
    House
  • Ladder
    Ladder
  • Rake
    Rake
  • Rose
    Rose
  • Shovel
    Shovel
  • Shrub
    Shrub
  • Wheelchair
    Wheelchair
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Teacher Guide

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Step 1Class discussion with students
  • Have students make predictions about the story based on the title. What do they think the story is about?
  • Ask students to share a time they have found something they were not supposed to find. How did it make them feeling finding it?
  • Have students write a journal entry on a time they had to keep a secret. Why was it important to keep this secret? How difficult was it to do so?
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Comic
    Character Sketch

    Begin after the first chapter and make additions throughout the unit

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  • Make a Comic
    Major Themes

    Begin after completing the novel

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  • Make a Comic
    Symbolism

    Begin after completing the novel

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Step 3Concluding discussion with students
  • Which of the three children do you think is most important to this story? Explain your answer.
  • How is nature perceived in this book? How is it different that other works of literature.
  • This story was written over 100 years ago. Would a story like this work in today’s society? Why/why not?
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Pixton Activity: The Secret Garden 1 Character Sketch

Intro

Understanding characterization is an important skill that will help reinforce key attributes of the story’s characters, and help create connections with the plot and theme. The characteristics that make up the protagonist and other characters help shape the outcome of the narrative.

Instructions

Choose three of your favourite characters from The Secret Garden and create a Character Map for each one.

  • It's important to add sufficient detail to all the parts of the map.
  • Include an appropriate illustration based on the characters' attributes that are outlined in the novel. See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Character Sketch

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The character map is fully developed with details that add significant meaning. The character map is complete; descriptions and details are thoughtful and accurate. The character map is complete; descriptions are basic, but accurate. The character map is incomplete; basic descriptions with little relevant details. The character map is incomplete; descriptions are short or inaccurate.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• develops ideas clearly and logically with details, examples, and descriptions
• significant details that make characters unique and dynamic
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• logical descriptions or examples clarify and develop the ideas
• characters are similar; includes relevant details
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• examples or descriptions are simple and consistent
• characters similar to description
• few relevant ideas
• examples or descriptions may be poorly developed or illogical
• characters vaguey looks like description
• ideas are not developed
• few details or descriptions
• characters do not look like description
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is appropriate; lacks variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• simple language; vague and lacks purpose
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• inappropriate use of language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• panels are missing
Conventions Complete sentences, spelling, punctuation, grammar (e.g.,
use of pronouns; agreement; verb tense
• correct sentence structure, grammar, spelling and punctuation; may include some errors in complex structures • few errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors do not interfere with meaning • occasional errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors rarely interfere with meaning • several errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors may make parts hard to follow • repeated errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar often make the writing hard to understand
Total
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Pixton Activity: The Secret Garden 2 Major Themes

Intro

Three major themes in The Secret Garden are:

  • Human Companionship
  • Landscape and Wellbeing
  • Health and Outlook

Instructions

For each major theme, identify at least three examples in the story and depict them in a Mind Map or Storyboard:

  • Identify the theme in the title or map center.
  • Identify the paragraph number in the panel title.
  • Create an image that summarizes the scene.
  • Formulate a brief description of how the example fits the theme.
  • In a final panel, briefly describe how the theme causes the reader to reflect. See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Major Themes

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The theme is thoughtfully explained with effective use of examples. The theme is clearly identified; examples are appropriate. The theme is fully identified; limited use of relevant examples. The theme is briefly identified; examples are vague,or poorly developed. The theme is not identified; no use of supporting examples.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• develops ideas clearly and logically with details, examples, and descriptions
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• logical descriptions or examples clarify and develop the ideas
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• examples or descriptions are simple and consistent
• few relevant ideas
• examples or descriptions may be poorly developed or illogical
• ideas are not developed
• few details or descriptions
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is appropriate; lacks variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• simple language; vague and lacks purpose
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• inappropriate use of language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• examples are properly referenced
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• examples are not/improperly referenced
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• examples are not referenced
• panels are missing
Conventions Complete sentences, spelling, punctuation, grammar (e.g.,
use of pronouns; agreement; verb tense)
• correct sentence structure, grammar, spelling and punctuation; may include some errors in complex structures • few errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors do not interfere with meaning • occasional errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors rarely interfere with meaning • several errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors may make parts hard to follow • repeated errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar often make the writing hard to understand
Total
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Pixton Activity: The Secret Garden 3 Symbolism

Instructions

Using the template provided, create a Mind Map identifying the importance of a symbol in The Secret Garden. Describe its importance giving two or three examples from the text. Your panels should include:

  • A title that identifies the scene.
  • A description that explains how the symbol is important in the text.
  • An illustration that matches. See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Symbolism

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The symbolism is thoughtfully explained with effective use of examples. The symbolism is clearly identified; examples are appropriate. The symbolism is fully identified; limited use of relevant examples. The symbolism is briefly identified; examples are vague,or poorly developed. The symbolism is not identified; no use of supporting examples.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• develops ideas clearly and logically with details, examples, and descriptions
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• logical descriptions or examples clarify and develop the ideas
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• examples or descriptions are simple and consistent
• few relevant ideas
• examples or descriptions may be poorly developed or illogical
• ideas are not developed
• few details or descriptions
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is appropriate; lacks variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• simple language; vague and lacks purpose
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• inappropriate use of language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• examples are properly referenced
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• examples are not/improperly referenced
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• examples are not referenced
• panels are missing
Conventions Complete sentences, spelling, punctuation, grammar (e.g.,
use of pronouns; agreement; verb tense
• correct sentence structure, grammar, spelling and punctuation; may include some errors in complex structures • few errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors do not interfere with meaning • occasional errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors rarely interfere with meaning • several errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors may make parts hard to follow • repeated errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar often make the writing hard to understand
Total

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