Jane Austen (1775 to 1818) is one of the most widely read and loved authors of all time. Her novels tell stories about the gentry and upper classes in the England of her time, and are full of humour and drama, wonderful characters, love and happy endings. Perhaps the best known novel is Pride and Prejudice, with the heroine Elizabeth and her hero, Darcy. Other novels include Emma, and Sense and Sensibility.
18th July 2017 will be the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death. There are many special events arranged throughout the year to recognise her achievements and remember her life.
Fun facts: Despite the romantic happy endings in her novels, Jane never married but lived a very simple life with her parents and her beloved sister Cassandra, sharing a small bedroom and writing each day on a tiny table in the dining room of their cottage. Although her books were popular while she lived, very few people knew that she was an author and her books were all published anonymously. As she wrote, she watched out of the window so that if any of her neighbours came visiting, she could hide her writing away.
"If things are going untowardly one month, they are sure to mend the next."
Learn more about Jane Austen and practise the important skills of reading and understanding with this Jane Austen comprehension activity.
Children need to think about the differences between open and closed questions, and what sort of questions will encourage people to talk, in order to complete this Jane Austen interview worksheet.
Here we've got two Jane Austen notebooking pages for older children, the first with space for an illustration (pictured below) and the second with lines throughout.
Featuring the 6 main novels of Jane Austen and some of their characters this Jane Austen novels word search is a challenge.
A simple illustrated poster of Jane Austen for younger children. It makes a nice front page for a project!
"Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings", children need to think about what the author might have meant by this on our Jane Austen quote worksheet 1.
Jane Austen is famed for her social observations of Georgian Britain. The second of our Jane Austen quote worksheets features one of these observations.
Our Jane Austen story paper is perfect for younger children who might be doing a bit of research about Jane Austen for a Georgian project. The pages come in lined or handwriting, each with a simple colouring picture.
Imagine your own tale for Jane Austen's spirited heroine Emma Woodhaouse on the first of our Jane Austen story starters.
The opening line of Jane Austen's gothic style novel, Northanger Abbey, is the inspiration on this Jane Austen story starter. There is no need to read the book before trying a bit of creativity.
This is perhaps one of the most famous opening lines of a novel of all time. Our Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen story starter lets you make up the ending of this famous book.
The opening line of Sense and Sensibility is so open it could take you anywhere. Have fun imagining your own story for the Dashwood family on our Jane Austen story starter.
Important events from the life of the author Jane Austen are marked on our Jane Austen timeline, from the author's birth to her tragically early death at 42.
There are 15 important events from the life of Jane Austen that children need to cut out and arrange in to the correct order and then glue on to the timeline on page 2 of this Jane Austen timeline worksheet.
Our Jane Austen timeline worksheet is perfect for an author study project. You could use one colour of pen to record details of the author's life and another colour to add important national and global events from this time period.
Find the names, places and words associated with the Regency author Jane Austen to complete this wordsearch puzzle.
Encourage children to find out a little about Jane Austen by researching the answers to the first few questions. They can then think about what they've learned by answering the final questions. I would love to talk to Jane about the inspiration for her wonderful characters...
The kids can use our printable to write about Jane Austen's life and books - or perhaps to write a letter to her... Choose from two versions, black and white or coloured.