You will be creating a Victorian newspaper. There is much historical context that should go along with the reading of Oliver Twist so this will give you a chance to research all relevant information to help you understand the novel on a deeper level. What was happening in Victorian England when Dickens wrote this book influenced the story in many ways. Much like Victor Hugo,Dickens was a social critic of his time. Writing novels was one of the ways they both could influence their leaders to bring about much needed reforms.
For this project you will be exploring all aspects of Victorian society, using your creativity to create a newspaper, and writing articles using your talent as a writer.
Attached you will find some reference material to aid you in setting up your newspaper. We will be going to the library to research information, but most of this will be done on your own time. It will be worth 100 points and due the week before break in February.
Here are the basic requirements for the paper:
- Catchy, clever title for the paper
- Original, clever titles for each article
- Your name given as each byline
- Art/pictures included with some articles
- Separate Work Cited page stapled to the back of the paper
- Turned in to turnitin.com
- Page numbers on bottom and referenced at end of articles
To follow are the topics for your articles that must be included in the paper. (You are certainly able to include more if you desire:
- Queen Victoria – a biographical style article that is written in honor of her Diamond Jubilee, in depth
- Charles Dickens – again, a biographical style article that could be written as a tribute to him, his life, and his novels, in depth
- The Industrial Revolution – what was the Industrial Revolution and what was its impact on England and the rest of the world combined with an invention related directly to the IR, in depth
- Artwork from that time with a small bio on the artist, introducing him/her to the public
- Poem – find and include a poem from the time with a small bio on the artist
- Science – find a new scientific innovation from the time and introduce it to your readers – include who, what, how, why, where, when.
- Politics – include something that was happening at the time in politics, but in relation to one of the themes that has to do with Oliver Twist. This was a big age of reform – so look at “reform laws” to help you get an idea.
- Advertisements – find ads from the time and include throughout the paper
- One free article – an article of your choosing. Perhaps a “Dear Abby”? A social page? Sports? Look at a newspaper to help you get ideas.
some links to get you started:
http://www.ericae.net/influence-charles-dickens-literature-education.html (thanks to Mrs. McVey's class for the heads up on this site!)
http://www.victorianweb.org/index.html (this site has something for all the topics!)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/victorian_britain/ (about children of the time)
The Industrial Revolution
artwork of the time
http://www.fidnet.com/~dap1955/dickens/illustrations.html (illustrations from Dickens)