How can you get your students to understand what Victorian poverty actually looked like, and have fun at the same time?
Students are given the challenge of surviving a week as a child in a working class Victorian family. To survive, they must spend their money wisely, navigating through a series of choices and decisions.
For example, will they choose to go to school, or go out and work?
By showing students what Victorian poverty looked (and felt) like, this fun lesson helps their understanding of the context of 19th century literature, particularly Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”!
All you need is this powerpoint, and a printer to print off copies of the budgeting table (included on slide!)
(An extension activity is included, but this game should last all lesson! Feel free to rearrange the slides or include your own obstacles so that you can play it again and again!)
Have fun! :)