The Victorian Era

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Film Reel
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How many of you have seen 1 or more of the following films?
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Pride and Prejudice
Becoming Jane
Young Victoria
Sherlock Holmes
Pirates of the Caribbean
Alice in Wonderland
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What the films have in common is that they are set during the
Victorian Era.
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What was life like under the Victorian Era?
Queen Victoria
1837 - 1901
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She came to the throne in 1837, while still in her
teens.
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Her tastes, values, and behaviors set the standards
for many British subjects, including Canadians .
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The Victorians had what we call “attitude”, being
sure of themselves and having few doubts about
their values and beliefs. Victorian society was
distinctly Christian and placed a great value on
morality.
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The British Empire grew militarily and expanded
the British Empire around the world. New
discoveries in medicine, science, and technology
were almost reported daily.
Quick Facts about the Queen
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First monarch to use trains for travel
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Longest reign in British history – 63
years
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Married her first cousin Prince Albert,
had 9 children
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Had a gift for drawing and painting
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Her upbringing was extremely
isolated and her mother was very
protective
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She set the standard for brides to wear
white lace dresses at their wedding.
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Associated with an age of
industrialization expansion, economic
progress and empire
Victorian
Attitudes and Values
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Queen Victoria influenced people’s morals, values,
behaviors and tastes.
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Her era was very optimistic, as the empire continued to
grow and become more powerful.
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The class system and the Church were very important
during this time.
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The obsession with status is reflected in the buildings,
clothing, and furnishing of the time.
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Many Canadians still considered themselves to be British
and therefore were strongly influenced by Victoria.
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Becoming Jane – Dance
Clip:
http://www.youtube.co
m/watch?v=qfZm5rfQP7
o&feature=related
Wealthy Attire
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Men wore long jackets and high, stiff collars
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Women wore long dresses made of the finest cloth
with high collars to protect their skin from the sun.
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Parasol (fancy umbrella) and broad brimmed hats
were used for the same purpose.
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A tan was a sign that a person worked outdoors,
therefore, lower class
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Even houses and living rooms were elaborately
made up.
Victorian Leisure & Parlour Games
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Victorians liked to be entertained. With no tv, radio, movies, recorded
music etc. people relied on alternate ways to entertain themselves –
Parlour Games.
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Many have been passed down through the generations:
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O’Grady Says
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Musical Chairs
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The Laughing Game
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My Grandmother’s Trunk
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20 Questions http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWnB2-UW4YQ&feature=related
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Blood sports: dog-and-bull fighting & bare–knuckle boxing drew
many spectators.
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Boxing was very brutal until rules were established in 1860 (gloves,
limited rounds etc)
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Sherlock Holmes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMW5rPU_vY4
In the Library
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With a partner, you will be assigned one of the Victorian
topics to research. Use your textbook and the internet for
assistance.
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Then create 2 PowerPoint slides with your information.
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1 slide on Victorian Era & 1 slide on Current Day
Your slides must include
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Name
Title – topic (ex: Victorian Era Architecture)
2 visuals minimum
4-6 bullet points on your topic.
Email your Slide(s) to [email protected] by end of class.
Medical Discoveries
& Breakthroughs
By the Duchess of Cambridge
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Many people died after receiving medical treatment
because doctors didn’t know anything about bacteria and
infection
◦ Thought bacteria was insect eggs when looked at under
a microscope
1857 – Louis Pasteur theorized bacteria caused many
illnesses, including anthrax, cholera, and rabies
Process of Pasteurization – heating food or liquid to
kill bacteria – was named after him
Carbolic acid was used as an antiseptic and vaccinated
many people and animals
Medical Discoveries and
Breakthroughs of Today
Safe Stem Cells
 Researchers have
found a way to safely
generate adult stem
cells to be used in the
future to potentially
reverse damage
caused by disease or
injury.
Yesterday and Today
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General Attitudes and Values p. 86-87
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Women’s Clothing
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Men’s Clothing
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Architecture/Houses
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Medical Discoveries & Breakthroughs p. 88-89
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Common Diseases & Surgical Procedures p. 88-89
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Leisure Activities p. 89-90
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Transportation Technology p. 90
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Victorian Media p. 91-92
Research Links
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The Victorian Station
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http://www.victorianstation.com/lifestylemenu.htm
The Victorian Web
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http://www.victorianweb.org/
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