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Anne of Green Gables Unit Study

Updated on March 31, 2018

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Here you will find a collection of information for fans of Anne Shirley in the family classic Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maud Montgomery. May you find it useful for your unit study or lapbook.

Enjoy your time in Avonlea!

Green Gables Author L.M. Montgomery

L.M. Montgomery started the Green Gables book series in 1908
L.M. Montgomery started the Green Gables book series in 1908 | Source

Lucy Maude Montgomery was born November 30, 1874 in Clifton (now New London), Prince Edward Island, Canada. She died April 24, 1942 in Toronto.

Should you READ or WATCH Anne of Green Gables first?

Which do YOU do first?

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Read the book first!

anonymous: I read the book first, because it is the original. The book has a lot of extra information and details the movies don't have.

Fay Favored: If I'm teaching a unit I always tell my students to read first, because many times the movie is nothing like the book.

Michelle: Reading the book is always better. Leave the idiot box off!

Chocolatealchemy: Definitely read the book first - to use my own imagination!

anonymous: it will be better

anonymous: book by far!!!

lovetolink: There is more scope for the imagination in reading first!

Jimmie Lanley: Absolutely read the book.


Abridged or unabridged?

Do you or your children read abridged versions?

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It was expensive to do much filming on PEI, so most of the movie took place in Southern Ontario. The roads were dyed red to look like PEI’s soil.

Watch the Movie first!

eccles1: I love the whole story, it is a good family movie

anonymous: It was my favorite tv series of all time. I read the whole set of the books later on to understand more on the stories.


Have you watched the 2017 Netflix "Anne With an E" series?

Do you LIKE the new Anne of Green Gables Series?

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Anne lived at Green Gables in Avonlea

Can you find Green Gables on the map?
Can you find Green Gables on the map? | Source

Map of Avonlea Region

Map of Avonlea Region
Map of Avonlea Region | Source

Avonlea is a fictional town near Cavendish, Prince Edward Island, Canada


Prince Edward Island is in Canada

Label an outline map of Canadian provinces around Green Gables

Anne lived on the little blue Prince Edward Island to the right (Available in Black & White)
Anne lived on the little blue Prince Edward Island to the right (Available in Black & White) | Source

Ideas for your Green Gables unit study and lapbook

"Anne is a real good plain sensible name. You've no need to be ashamed of it."

— Marilla Cuthbert

How well do you REALLY know Anne?

Want to know more about Anne?

The Annotated Anne of Green Gables
The Annotated Anne of Green Gables

Hundreds of notes describing the real-life characters and settings Anne encounters, the autobiographical connections between Anne and Maude Montgomery, and the book's astonishing range of literary, Biblical, and mythological references. Additional essays offer fascinating background information on such topics as the geography and settlement of Prince Edward Island (where Anne takes place); the education, orphanages, music, and literature of Anne's time; and the horticulture, homemade artifacts, and food preparation that are so prevalent in the story. Edited by Wendy E. Barry, Margaret Anne Doody, and Mary E. Doody Jones.


The Lady of Shalott, Anne's favorite poem, by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892 in England)

Poetry Anne Loved - Hard to find poems, now easy to understand!

Anne's anthology: Following the footnote trail
Anne's anthology: Following the footnote trail

Anne's Anthology is a compilation of many of the pieces, primarily poetry, Lucy Montgomery mentioned in Anne of Green Gables. They were pieces Anne loved and ones with which the girls in Lucy Montgomery's audience were very familiar. However, many have been lost in obscurity and the allusions are no longer understood. Now these hard-to-find works are collected for your reference and enjoyment in the almost 700 pages of Anne’s Anthology. Most of the poems are given in full-text with notes. Portions of longer works are also included. Like a patchwork quilt made from scraps of loved clothing, Anne's Anthology exposes its readers to best-loved poems from a previous era.


Listen to "Anne's Theme" by Hagood Hardy

Isn't "Anne's Theme" lovely?

5 out of 5 stars from 1 rating of Anne's Theme

Digging Deeper into the Characters:

Visit Anne at Modern Mrs. Darcy, who has explored in-depth, some of our favorite Green Gables characters:

  • Learning to Mellow Like Marilla Cuthbert
  • Lessons in Tact from Rachel Lynde
  • Go After Your Girl Like Gilbert Blythe
  • Don't be a Drama Queen, and Other Lessons in Friendship from Anne Shirley


Have you read the ENTIRE Anne of Green Gables series?

Which book do you like best?

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FULL Audio Book by Lucy Maud Montgomery- Listen to the whole Anne of Green Gables book in 9.5 hours!

Color while listening to Anne of Green Gables!

Anne of Green Gables Coloring Book (Dover Classic Stories Coloring Book)
Anne of Green Gables Coloring Book (Dover Classic Stories Coloring Book)

How fun for little ones to color along while the family is reading!


What do you love about Anne of Green Gables?

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      Li-Li-ThePinkBookworm 4 years ago

      Anne of Green Gables is one of my favorite book series, and even after having read the book this lens taught me some new things. I loved the maps, they helped put locations into perspective :)

      Li Li

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      flycatcherrr 4 years ago

      As a native of Atlantic Canada, I'm always delighted to see our own red-haired girl get her due attention. :)

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      MrsNagrom 5 years ago

      I love this series! I'll be honest, I never read the books but I've be captivated by the movies ever since I could remember.

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      lovetolink 5 years ago

      @MelanieMurphyMyer: Thanks! I was so pleased to find the maps. I would love to visit someday too!

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      lovetolink 5 years ago

      @favored: I agree. Wow, over one hundred, that's a fan! I think Megan Follows was just perfect for Anne. I can't imagine anyone else.

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      This is one of my favorite series along with the movies. I've probably watched them over one hundred times. They are very well written and timeless.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Great introduction to the series.

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      MelanieMurphyMyer 5 years ago

      Very nice! I love the maps. I recently flew over Prince Edward Island on my way home from Denmark, and I was so happy to be seeing Anne's world (even though from the sky) and remembering the books and movies (shared years ago with my children) . . . I would love to actually go there someday. :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I like the video clips. They bring back some memories when I was young as it was my favorite tv series. I love the character of Anne Shirley and the place she lived - Prince Edward Island.

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      Chocolatealchemy 6 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      What a great Lens you've created! The Anne books were some of my favourite growing up (actually even now, for a trip down memory lane!).

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      looks interesting.... i need to read 1st

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      lovetolink 7 years ago

      @jimmielanley: Oh thank you! I'm really excited about it and wish I could devote all my time to it. Your lenses inspire and educate me so much. Now I know what a squatty potty is! LOL

      God Bless you and your family:)

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      Jimmie Lanley 7 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      Good start here!