A CHARLES DICKENS WEBQUEST
**Please complete this Webquest first, to get an idea of Dickens' overall life,
and then begin working on your timeline event.**
INTRODUCTION: Charles Dickens is said to be one of the greatest writers that has ever lived. Before we read one of his novels, I would like you to spend some time getting to know this man and learning what the world was like as he knew it.
You will be directed to various links to answer the following questions. Have fun!
Please begin by clicking on the following link: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/olivertwist/dickens_timeline_text.html
Here, you’ll find a map of London-as it was during Dickens’ lifetime. Please locate and click on Camden Town.
Dickens lived during the Victorian era. Read the first five paragraphs on this website.
7. What made Victorians “Victorian” more than anything? In other words, what attitude did Victorians have which made them different from people before them?
Go to: http://www.victoriantimes.org/ixbin/hixclient.exe?_IXSESSION_=qJ_eJIngZxy&_IXMAXHITS_=1&_IXACTION_=summary&$with%20cms_con_core_identifier%20is%20virtto06/01-01=.&_IXSPFX_=virttour_&_IXFPFX_=virttour_
Take a “virtual tour” of typical housing in Victorian times. Scroll down and click the “NEXT” arrow throughout the tour.
11. Jot down your observations about housing:
12. Workhouses were built to house poor Victorians, who worked for a small amount of food and money. Name five foods that poor Victorians were given here.
13. Please read the list of 10 rules, which were found in a typical Victorian classroom. In your opinion, which rules should still be used in schools today? Explain why.
14. In the nineteenth century, who read Dickens?
15. Why, as we read Dickens today, is it challenging?
If you are finished with these questions, and there is still class time left, you have two options:
A. http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/victorians/flash/start_flash.shtml This is a great website about Victorian children. Click on “learning” under one of these categories: work, school, play. After you watch a short video, play the game.
B. http://www.victorians.org.uk/ This cool website offers real products/toys/writing, etc. from the Victorian era. On the left side of the screen, click on “Etoys.” Play the games on this screen. Or, you can click on “Day in the Life.” Here, you can read journal entries from typical Victorian days.