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Parkwood 8th Graders Celebrate the Victorian Era

Matthew Alexander, Amelia Stanio, Rose Summerford, Molly Boda, Phillip Abernathy, and Emma Mead

The Parkwood Middle School Media Center traveled back in time to the Victorian Era. After completing a study on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, 8th grade students participated in a Victorian Holiday Party. The party had a Victorian theme including Victorian-style parlor games, foods, and caroling. Prior to the party, students researched the Victorian Era, including Queen Victoria, London’s economics, culture, and customs in the late 1800’s.

Parents sent in foods and drinks that were typical of a Victorian Era holiday party; which included meats, cheeses, shortbread cookies, veggies, fruitcake, and juices. In the 19th century, there were no soft drinks and potato chips!! Ms. Trowbridge even brought in Old English Christmas Pudding for students to sample.

Several students really got into the Holiday spirit and dressed in Victorian party clothes! Students also played several parlor games including “Pass the Slipper,” “Similes,” and “Noughts and Crosses.” Students even had a fun-filled game of “Blindman’s Buff.” At the end of the party, students reflected on their experiences. Most students agreed that playing “Blindman’s Buff” was their favorite game and fruitcake was definitely their least favorite food! The Victorian Holiday Party was a great way to start off the Winter Break!! The 8th grade teachers would like to express our sincere thanks to all the parents who willingly sent in foods and volunteered to come in and help. Without the support of our parents, this celebration would not have been such of a success! Thank you!!!

Written by: Lesa Goodman, Communications Skills Teacher
Posted: Jan 25, 2013 by Lisa Chapman

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