It is 1755, and a war is going on between the French and the English territories in Canada. Marie and her family live in Acadia, and consider themselves 'neutral'. But one Sunday, the village is attacked by British soldiers, who declare Acadia to be British territory. They force Marie and her family, together with all the other inhabitants of the village, onto boats, to be banned from their lands. There is a rumour that Marie's boyfriend has betrayed the village to the British army. Marie can't believe it, but she will spend a long time struggling for her life before she has a chance to find out whether it is true or not.
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"I did not know about this episode in the Canadian history, and am happy to have read this novel. The action driven story pulled me in right from the start, and experiencing the war from the point of view of Marie and her family was a good way to make me realize what this war (and other wars) meant for the people who just happened to live in the region."
Information for teachers
The personal perspective that offers us an insight in the history of Canada allows us to connect to the historical events on a personal level. Students can read the book simply as a compelling story, or you could spend time discussing the historical information offered at the end of each chapter.
The story is not only interesting from a historical point of view, but also offers a connection to actual wars and refugees.
This Comprehension-based™ reader, ‘Au revoir l’Acadie’, strategically weaves high-level language structures into a compelling story, based on high-frequency vocabulary. Even upper level language students need repeated exposure to language structures in order to acquire them, and Fluency Matters’ advanced beginner readers maintain a high frequency factor of core language structures, thus helping learners progress beyond typical proficiency levels.
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|Author:||Kimberly R. Anderson|
|Year of publication:||2018|
|Number of pages:||82, plus glossary|