Setting the Scene: “A Night in a Workhouse” by James Greenwood
Kind of Activity:
to contextualize the novel by understanding its historical setting, to compare and contrast different media
Common Core Standards:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.3, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.4, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.7
Introduce the text: James Greenwood was an investigative reporter who, commissioned by his brother (the editor of the Pall Mall Gazette), decided to investigate how paupers lived. He disguised himself as a pauper and checked himself into the Lambeth Workhouse for a night. (His friend Bittlestone joined him, but is excluded from the...
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