The Secret Garden


About the story

Orphaned Mary Lennox is a sour English girl who has come to live at her uncle’s enormous manor on the Yorkshire moors. Martha, a servant, helps Mary to thrive by ignoring arrogance and encouraging wholesome habits. But Mary’s attitude changes most dramatically with her discoveries of a secret garden, the wonder of emerging buds and bulbs, and an invalid cousin hidden within the house. Aided by Martha’s nature-savvy brother Dickon, Mary nurtures the neglected garden and cousin into a state of well-being—and ends up doing the same for her once-spoiled self. The Secret Garden is an unforgettable, inspiring story of restoration and potential.

About the LitWits Explorer’s Guide

Experience The Secret Garden with your students in fun, meaningful ways!  Get into the fertile richness of this book as your kids tend “a bit of earth,” practice broad Yorkshire, hear British robins, dramatize character traits (mostly “whiny” and “bossy”), learn some Victorian words, partake of marmalade and tea, make their own gym equipment, create symbolic collages of the story, learn about cholera and the British Empire, and so much more! 

LitWits Explorer’s Guides are private web pages that include creative and academic downloadables. This lesson planning resource is ideal for ages 8-12, but it’s highly adaptable. Scroll down to get more details and a free idea with template.



Product Description

The LitWits Kit for THE SECRET GARDEN by Frances Hodgson Burnett - LITWITSThe LitWits Explorer’s Guide for The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Everything in this “experience guide” comes from our unique sensory workshops on The Secret Garden. It’s packed with hands-on ways to get into the characters’ shoes. When kids see, feel, hear, taste, smell, and DO what the characters did, they understand more. Better yet, they want to read more.

LitWits Explorer’s Guides are web pages packed with downloadables—templates, activity aids, academic handouts, and more. (Here’s a sample, for a different book.) Because our guides live online, we can link you to useful info and audiovisuals. And you’ll always have the very latest updates!

The LitWits Explorer’s Guide for The Secret Garden includes:

  • sensory prop suggestions, with photos
  • creative project and activity ideas, with photos
  • printable templates, excerpts, and activity prompts
  • takeaway topics, to fuel meaningful conversations
  • printable handouts for creative writing, the narrative arc, setting, and more
  • research and audiovisual links, for one-stop prep and homework help
  • great quotes from the book, where copyright allows


This guide is adaptable to a wide range of ages. (See the Ways to Use tab for classroom and homeschool uses.) We find 8-12-year-olds consistently “ready to LitWit,” but you know best what your kids are ready for, interested in, and capable of.

Common Core Alignment
The LitWits experience of this book is jam-packed with carefully integrated lessons — but they’re embedded in FUN, so kids don’t feel “taught.”  At a bare minimum, the use of this guide helps meet these Common Core goals:

THIRD GRADE Common Core Alignment
FOURTH GRADE Common Core Alignment
FIFTH GRADE Common Core Alignment
SIXTH GRADE Common Core Alignment

Please note that LitWits® is a registered trademark of LitWits Workshops, LLC.  All LitWits Explorer’s Guides are copyrighted and may be used for non-commercial educational purposes only.

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