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Victorian celebration captures holiday spirit

seventh grade students dress in costume representing the Victorian Era.

The Victorian celebration on December 16 captured the holiday spirit of Marvin Ridge Middle School. Parents, staff and students enjoyed listening to the student presentations about Victorian England. Students, dressed in period costumes, presented the profiles of characters they created based on research they conducted about the time period. 

John Bigham’s character was a chimney sweep, Christian Beach’s character was an aristocrat and Shawn Foley’s character was a rat catcher. Shawn had found through his research that London, in Victorian times, was filthy. The streets were strewn with garbage and waste and the city hired young adults and children to catch rats to help quell the rat population. Kaitlyn Cordle affected a British accent as she told the story of her character, Charity, who although her mother had died of polio, still had a fairly carefree life as the child of a wealthy businessman. 
The impetus for researching the Victorian era was Charles Dickens’ novella, A Christmas Carol, which students read in class. The setting is Victorian England and the main character is the mean-spirited, miserly, Ebenezer Scrooge who, after a life-changing experience becomes a gentle, generous man. In class students analyzed Scrooge and the other characters in the book and in their presentations were asked to describe an encounter their character might have had with Scrooge.
The reports were carefully researched, well-written, informative and entertaining. Some were written with humor while others were delivered with sober resolve. Afterward everyone gathered in the media center for snacks and conversation and not one “Bah Humbug” was heard.   

Written by: Brita Mann
Posted: Dec 17, 2010 by Brita Mann

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