Activity Overview

There are many literary elements to enrich the story of Anne of Green Gables. Students can track themes, symbols and motifs as they encounter them in the novel and create a storyboard with illustrations and descriptions that cite evidence from the text. Students can explore this by identifying a theme, symbol or motif themselves or, in an “envelope activity” being given one or more to track throughout their reading. Then, students can create a storyboard illustrating the examples of that theme from the text. Students could also track literary elements such as foreshadowing and figurative language as the story is full of them! Teachers can change the instructions accordingly if they wish for students to do that as well.

Examples of Themes in Anne of Green Gables

  • Family
  • The Natural World
  • The importance of Home
  • Religion
  • Coming of Age
  • Sacrifice
  • Love
  • Societal Norms and Roles in late 1800s
  • Community
  • Friendship
  • Imagination
  • Wonder

Examples of Symbols and Motifs in Anne of Green Gables

  • Names
  • Anne's Red Hair (Carrots)
  • Anne's Window
  • Puffed Sleeves
  • The Woods
  • The Road

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Create a storyboard that identifies recurring themes, symbols or motifs found in Anne of Green Gables. Illustrate each symbol and write a short description below each cell.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify the themes, symbols or motifs from Anne of Green Gables you wish to include and type them in the title box at the top.
  3. Create an image for examples that represent each symbol using appropriate scenes, characters and items.
  4. Write a description of each of the examples in the black text box.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/8/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/8/4] Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/5/1] Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.


(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)

Create a storyboard that identifies symbolism in the story. Illustrate instances of each and write a short description that explains the example's significance.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Identify Symbol(s)
All symbols are correctly identified as objects that represent something else at a higher level in the story.
Most symbols are correctly identified, but some objects are missing or are incorrectly identified as significant symbols.
No symbols are correctly identified.
All examples support the identified symbols. Descriptions clearly say why examples are significant.
Most examples fit the identified symbols. Descriptions say why examples are significant.
Most examples do not fit the identified symbols. Descriptions are unclear.
Storyboard cells clearly show connection with the symbols and help with understanding.
Most storyboard cells help to show the symbols but some storyboard cells are difficult to understand.
Storyboard cells do not help in understanding the symbols.

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