Laura's Story is about the life, struggles, and triumphs of an Acadian woman born in Chéticamp, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia in 1920. When she is widowed, penniless and alone with three small children, she takes a job at a convent in Montreal, Quebec. She returns with a beleaguered body and spirit but with a firmer resolve than ever to keep her family together. When she develops tuberculosis, she is taken away again, this time for two and a half years to the sanitarium in Kentville, Nova Scotia. While Laura struggles to hold on to her boys and find her place in the world, the family members’ stories develop, weave and unfold. Over the years of their lives, we see courage and perseverance firsthand, and we are moved by the true meaning of family and love.

Activities 

Barbara LeBlanc, Ph. D., former professor at Université Sainte-Anne and author Julie Larade, retired elementary school teacher, have prepared a Discussion Guide for book clubs and a series of activities for grade twelve students to accompany the novel Laura's Story. In addition, they have prepared four university booklets for professors who might like to use the book itself or use it as a reference for the following courses: History; Humanities; Language Arts and Women's Studies. By clicking on the pdf icons below, you can have instant access to the booklets which are printable for free. 

Activities for Grade Twelve Students:

Language Arts

Activities for University Students:

The Humanities

Activities for University Students:

Women's Studies

Activities for University Students:

Canadian and/or Acadian History

Activities for University Students:

Language Arts

Discussion Guide for Book Clubs

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