The City Booklet: Exploring Victorian London (KS3)

This 12 page booklet was used for a 6 week unit examining London in the Victorian era. It was originally aimed at year 9 following the study of ‘Of Mice and Men’. Both the .pdf and the editable .doc format are included.

It begins with a front page asking students about their prior knowledge of London now and in Blake/Dickens’ time.

This is followed with a A3 size page offering the poem ‘London’ by Blake, a vocabulary grid, and some simple imagery tasks.

There are then a series of non fiction 19th century texts covering a range of aspects in Victorian London. Many are from Dickens’ Sketches by Boz These 8 extracts cover:

  • London in the morning
  • London ‘Gin-shops’
  • Street children and their jobs
  • How to walk in London
  • A pick-pocket crime
  • How disease spreads
  • A night in a workhouse
  • Newgate prison

This could potentially be used as a contextual resource for Charles Dickens at KS4, or the extracts could be used for paper 2 revision for the 19th century text.

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Created: Apr 8, 2018

Updated: Jun 6, 2018

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