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John Muir: then and now

Subject area: Social studies

Experiences and outcomes: SOC 2-03a, SOC 2-04a

The aim of this lesson is to explore how things were during the Victorian era compared to how they are today. Pupils will explore what life would have been like for them, if they had lived when John Muir was alive.

Start this activity by reading together the first part of the Genius John in a Brave New World section of the John Muir graphic novel, up to page 53, to discover how, when John Muir turned twelve, his father said he was ‘old enough to work like a man’. So he spent his days building a home and a farm in the wilderness, which meant ‘back-breaking work, every day, every hour of daylight...’

Print the Then and Now worksheet so that your class can complete this activity.

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