To enrich our continued study of Victorian era novel(la)s, you will work individually on a presentation to present to your group. Each member of the group will choose one topic from the options listed below. Resource materials are available at the KIS library and online.


1. Literature in the Victorian Age. Who were the famous literary figures (focus one one or two)? What did they write? Why are they considered significant?

2. Women in Victorian Society. What were the roles and responsibilities of women? What restrictions did women face? How did social class affect a woman’s opportunities?

3. Victorian Education. Examine the British educational system. You will need to distinguish between education for the wealthy and education for the poorer classes. How did social class affect an individual’s education and upbringing? What were the differences in education between men and women?

4. Victorian Manners and Etiquette. How did Victorian men and women behave in upper class society? What roles did women play? How was a true gentleman defined?

5. Victorian Justice. You will explore the justice system, its criminals, and its punishments. How did the society attempt to solve its social problems in its justice system? What were the prisons like? How were the debtors treated?


You will take notes on the information that you find in online or in the library. You will take your notes on 3 x 5 note cards. Each person should complete five (5) note cards from two sources, citing your sources on two (2) separate note cards. See the link on the wiki for information on how to complete these cards. (7 total note cards - 5 note and 2 source)


Your wiki page should be an academic overview. You must cite your sources in MLA format on the wiki page. Diana Hacker's MLA Works Cited information VERY COMPREHENSIVE! Requirements:

  • 250 - 500 word summary - (will be submitted to Turnitin, so don't cut and paste)
  • at least two sources cited for summary (Wikipedia - an OK place to start but please don't use it as a source)
  • two - three visuals (no movie trailers) (citations required - URL is not a citation)
For Further Research:
  • list at least two sources for further research
  • after the URL, explain WHY the source is reliable (discuss at least two the following items in your explanation of reliability: authorship, sponsorship, purpose/audience, and currency). See Evaluating sourcesfor a discussion of reliability.


You will present your project orally to your 'presentation group.' Post your 'handout' information on the designated wiki page (see below).

Each presentation should be about three (3) minutes long. You will not be able to present all the material you have gathered; you will need to select carefully and time your presentation.

Please remember that your presentation has a different objective from your preliminary research. The research is the foundation of the final presentation; your research must be thorough and accurate. Your presentation should be engaging and informative.

Victorian Context Grading Sheet.pdf

Information on note cards, source cards and evaluating sources:
How to create note cards
How to use MLA format
Evaluating sources
How to use note cards for research.pdf

Dianna Hacker's MLA Citation Information - very comprehensive!

Victorian specific sources:
Note - remember to look for reliable sources!
The Victorian Web (looks like an excellent resource for many topics - very reliable)
More Links
History In Focus The Victorian Era (this site looks like it has links to a number of reliable sites)
Victorian Web Sites
Victoria Research Web
Victorian England (Wikipedia - an OK place to start but please don't use it as a source)

General sources:
Use the Online Databases available through our very own library!
• UN: kis
• PW: welcome
World Book Advanced Encyclopedia
  • UN: kis
  • PW: welcome
Opposing Viewpoints
  • UN: KIS
  • PW: welcome
Brain Pop
  • UN: kisbrain
  • PW: brainkis
UN: kis + (your id # with not zero in front) Example: kis5202
PW: opposite of the above - Example: 5202kis
Google Scholar:
• use the power of Google to find reliable sources
• many of these sources have been peer reviewed; in other words, generally more reliable