Dr. Laing was an important part of Dickens’ Streets of London: A Victorian Experience, our 7th grade event. Her Could You Be A Victorian Child Worker? was both informative and engaging, an excellent addition for our event. After studying the Industrial Revolution, the Victorian era in England and reading her book A Different Day, A Different Destiny (The Snipesville Chronicles, she really made it all come alive for us!
7th Grade Social Studies Teacher & Dean of Students / University School of Milwaukee, WI
"The Industrial Revolution has a history, and it's not over: It continues to sweep the world, with great human consequences. Child labor in the very first Industrial Revolution, that of Britain, is a major theme of A Different Day, A Different Destiny (The Snipesville Chronicles, Book 2). This presentation touches on the huge technological change that industrialization brought, and the impact of early industrialization on children. It also brings the story of industrialization and child labor to the present day."
Details: Could You Be A Victorian Child Worker?
- Program Length: 60-75-90 minutes (after audience seated); Max. Three Sessions per Day
- Recommended Audience Ages: Grades 4-12
- Recommended Audience Size: 60-80 For the best possible experience for the students, divide a single grade into three sessions for the day. This allows more children to participate as volunteers, a closer view of the artifacts, and the best rapport between Annette and the children.
- Maximum Audience Size: 150
- Social Studies Curriculum Relevance: Connects to study of Industrial Revolution. Develops critical thinking skills and historical literacy, including in dealing with primary sources.
- May be combined in a single day with A Writer's Life, for a total of three sessions
Overview: Dr. Laing gives an engaging multimedia presentation about the origins of industrialization, discussing the real-life experiences of children in late Georgian and early Victorian Britain that inspired the experiences of her time-traveling characters in A Different Day, A Different Destiny (The Snipesville Chronicles, Book 2). With pictures, sounds, hands-on artifacts, a song, readings from A Different Day, students learn about how industrialization originated in a small island nation, how it became intertwined with child labor, the everyday lives of working people, the rise of consumerism, the connection between British industry and slavery in America, and the continuing ties between industrialization and child labor to the present day. Most importantly, Dr. Laing models to students how to think globally and critically. Connects with: A Different Day, A Different Destiny (The Snipesville Chronicles, Book 2)