Lesson 1 (from Preface; Chapter 1 and Chapter 2)
"Mary Barton" is set in Manchester, England during the Victorian Era. The novel is primarily set during the "Hungry Forties" of the 19th Century. This lesson discusses the setting of the novel, "Mary Barton".
1) Library research: a) Have students research the setting of the novel. Students should not only research Manchester, England, but also Manchester during the 1830's to 1840's.
b) After researching the city as a whole, give each student a topic to research in regards to Manchester during the Victorian Era. Examples of topics are; industries, popular music and dance, architecture etc.
2) Presentation: Have each student present a short report based on the topic they were given.
3) Writing assignment:
a) The novel is set in England during a tumultuous time when workers and employers were at odds. How does the setting of the novel affect the plot of the novel? Have students write...
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