The Secret Garden
by Frances Hodgson Burnett)

The Secret Garden<br/>by Frances Hodgson Burnett)

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ACTIVITY IDEAS from the LitWits experience:

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett - LitWits Workshops

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We had a wonderful time getting our hands and minds into the fertile richness of this favorite book as we

  • listened to the wind on the moor and a robin’s song
  • practiced speaking in a broad Yorkshire accent
  • dined on tea and crumpets and marmalade
  • smelled moist earth and roses
  • planted flowers and ivy
  • dramatized character traits and wrote our own
  • learned about cholera and the British Empire
  • and so much more!

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About the Book

About the Author

Story Supplements

Information about Yorkshire, England
Map of Yorkshire
Photo of Yorkshire, England
Photo of the “real” Misselthwaite Manor, Great Matham Hall in Kent 
Article about the manor and garden that inspired the book
Photo of the garden wall at Great Maytham Hall in Kent
Information about the Victorian era, from BBC’s “Hands-on History” for kids
Information about the British Raj (British Rule of India) from the BBC

Image of Indian raj
Information about the British colonial era and its impact on India
Map of the British Indian empire, 1909

Information about Cholera from the CDC
British bird sounds audio guide
Photo of the adorable British robin
Information about the British robin
Information about and images of different kinds of roses
Photo of beautiful walled English garden
Photo of iron gate key against a wall with ivy
Photos of hundreds of English plants and wildflowers (by category and name)
Photo of modest Yorkshire vegetable garden
Photo of large British kitchen garden 
Information about the British manor house
Great Maytham Hall, Kent (where the author lived for awhile and was inspired)
Wonderful blog about the food of The Secret Garden and a recipe for Lavender Lemon Shortbread
Recipe for The Secret Garden Buttermilk Cranberry Scones

Music   

Soundtrack to the movie  
Tony Award performance from the Broadway musical
Victorian Yorkshire Christmas music

Beyond the Book

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