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Contact Information
Andrea Warren
302 Pondside Drive
White Plains, NY  10607
Phone: (913) 722-2343
Program Title
Charles Dickens: One of History's Greatest Writers and Reformers--by Andrea Warren--CCSS Aligned
Program Type
Individual Program
Program Rating
   based on 10 evaluation(s).
Target Audience
Education: Grade(s) 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Parent, Adult Learners ESL Students Public Library: Library Patrons ESL Students
Maximum Number of Participants
No maximum
Minimum Number of Participants
no minimum
Primary Disciplines
Social Studies/History, Language Arts/English, Mathematics, Performing Arts, Sciences, Character Education, Literacy, Writing, Reading, Problem Solving, Gifted & Talented
Program Description
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 and at
Program Format
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.
National/Common Core Standards to which this program aligns
Other Nations and World Affairs; U>S History/The History of Peoples of Many Cultures Around the World; English/Reading for Understanding.
State/Regional Standards to which this program aligns
This program is appropriate for grades five and up.
Program Length
45-60 Minutes
Program Cost
Interactive: $300.00
Interactive Premium: $300.00
Program Fee Notes
Billing will be made by Ink Think Tank and payment should be made to Ink Think Tank.
Cancellation Policy
No charge for programs canceled due to such events as snow days. We make every effort to reschedule. Otherwise, a $100 kill will be charged when programs are canceled with less than 48 hours notice.
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