Charles Dickens: One of History's Greatest Writers and Reformers--by Andrea Warren--CCSS Aligned

by  Authors on Call, iNK Think Tank

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Does an author have the power to change society? Using his gift for storytelling, Charles Dickens did exactly that. With the help of her latest book, Charles Dickens and the Street Children of London, award-winning author Andrea Warren introduces students grades five and up to Dickens as both an author and social reformer. She begins with a view of Victorian London in the 1830's when Dickens, then a young journalist, was starting to write the stories that motivated the upper classes to better the lives of the poor. She describes the hardships of destitute children who lived on the streets or in the slums or workhouses doing menial, often dangerous work. Using Dickens' own words, she explains his plunge into poverty as a child when he father was sent to debtors' prison, forcing Dickens to work in a factory, unable to go to school. It was this traumatic period that determined the course of his life and his dedication to helping the poor. Warren relates how Dickens used his tremendous talent to target social abuses in his novels, inspiring his readers to begin the hard work of reform. More information about the author and her books is available at AndreaWarren.com and at www.InkThinkTank.com.

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45-60 Minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Parent, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family ESL Students Public Library: Library Patrons ESL Students

Minimum participants:

no minimum

Maximum participants:

No maximum

Primary Disciplines

Character Education, Gifted & Talented, Language Arts/English, Literacy, Mathematics, Performing Arts, Problem Solving, Reading, Sciences, Social Studies/History, Writing

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Authors on Call, iNK Think Tank

White Plains, NY
United States

The Common Core State Standards have focused attention on process and using nonfiction in the classroom. Our Authors on Call from iNK Think Tank embody the CCSS. This team uses their extraordinary breadth of knowledge to transform today's classrooms into vital centers of learning. These authors are experts in processing enormous amounts of information, sifting through it and synthesizing it into works with added value. So why not talk to these masters of 21st century skillsand let them unpack their process for your students? They are eager to share their knowledge with you and to help you inspire your students with books kids love to read about subjects you're required to teach. So far our authors include Jan Adkins, Vicki Cobb,  Roxie Munro, Dorothy Hinshaw Patent,Carla Killough McClafferty, Kerrie Hollihan, Aline Alexander Newman, David M. Schwartz, Alexandra Siy,  Peggy Thomas, Marissa Moss, Jan Adkins, and Andrea Warren. Keep coming back as we add more authors and new programs.

Vicki Cobb

Program Details


1. The author will introduce students to the poor of Victorian London and to the story of Charles Dickens.
2. The author will explain how, through his extremely popular novels, Dickens inspired improvements in education and health care for slum children, in cleaning up air and water pollution, in regulating child labor and instituting work safety laws, in decreasing child crime and child abandonment, and in reforming a decadent legal system that worked against the middle and lower classes.
3. The author will share photos from her book to illustrate Victorian London, the street children, Dickens, and scenes from his novels.


--To introduce students to the author of such classics as "Oliver Twist" and "A Christmas Carol."
--To illustrate how Dickens softened the hearts of the upper classes toward the poor by portraying them in his novels as good people with real feelings, and in the process creating many working class characters who became both unforgettable and much loved.
--To highlight the social ills featured in Dickens' books and the reforms that were a direct result of his writing.
--To inspire students to believe that they, too, can use their talents, whatever they are, to help the less fortunate and bring about change in the world.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Other Nations and World Affairs; U>S History/The History of Peoples of Many Cultures Around the World; English/Reading for Understanding.

State Standards

This program is appropriate for grades five and up.