Pollyanna {Free eBook & Activities}

Pollyanna {Free eBook & Activities}

Pollyanna {Free eBook & Activities}

Although the word Pollyanna is sometimes used as a byword for one who is overly and unduly optimistic, the book Pollyanna is a classic and remains a perennial favorite on reading lists — and with good reason. Pollyanna’s optimistic attitude, the ability to see the good in all situations, is incredibly compelling. And the results of her influence can be felt throughout the imaginary community in the story as well as in the hearts of generations of readers!

Written by Eleanor H. Porter in the early 1900s, the story is a simple and rather familiar one: young orphan moves in with a relative and lives are changed. But there is so much to be learned from a character who while facing a multitude of trials finds the silver lining behind every cloud. Pollyanna exemplifies contentment in every circumstance — a trait that is not lost on her maiden aunt, nor others who come into contact with her. When facing her severest trial and she feels lost as to how to play the “glad game,” the seeds she has sown in others blossom into fruit that sees her through.

There is much to take away from this children’s classic — an attitude of gratitude, paying it back, and more — that will resonate with the young and old alike.

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  • Create a character sketch of Miss Polly.
  • Many characters in the book change during the story. Compare and contrast one of these characters at the beginning of the story with the same character at the end of the story.
  • Make a list with the problems in the story on one side of the paper and the silver lining Pollyanna sees on the other side.
  • Explain this quote from the book:

    When you look for the bad, expecting it, you will get it. When you know you will find the good—you will get that….

  • Find a favorite quote from the book to copy and illustrate.
  • Find the good in a situation you at least initially don’t see as good. Write about it.
  • Create a notebooking page for the book.


Additional Resources

14 Forms of Writing for the Older Student: Character Sketch14 Forms of Writing for the Older Student: Character Sketch
Helps and resources for writing a character sketch.

10 Ways to Use Notebooking: #3 Literature
Ideas for creating a notebooking page for the book.



Trading Card Creator
Interactive at ReadWriteThink that helps you create a character card.

Compare and Contrast Map
Interactive at ReadWriteThink to analyze how a character is at the beginning of the story versus the end of the story.



Pollyanna {Free eBook & Activities}Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter
The unabridged version in print for those interested.


Lesson Plans

Very complete 14-day Core Knowledge lesson plan that focuses on comprehension and writing.


Notebooking Pages

Drawing & Writing Notebooking Paper {Free Download}Drawing & Writing Notebooking Paper {Free Download}
Notebooking pages with room to illustrate at the top and write at the bottom for copywork, narrations, or wrapping up.