Nineteenth Century Life

What made the 19th century an interesting but tumultuous time? What technological, cultural and social changes influenced life then? Explore those issues in this story collection.

Nineteenth Century Life Chapters

As "The Nutcracker" tale comes to a close, expect the unexpected for Marie and The Nutcracker.

Marie believes that she is on a tour of a magical metropolis, with Nutcracker, but then she wakes up. Was she dreaming or did Nutcracker deliver her s...

As Nutcracker resumes his ability to speak, he visits Marie. Asking her to travel with him, to see wonderful things, Nutcracker assures Marie that she...

Once again the Nutcracker comes to life, this time eliminating the threat of the Mouse King by ending the seven-headed monster's life.

As Drosselmeier concludes his story, Marie begins to wonder if the Nutcracker is actually her Godfather's nephew.

Nineteenth Century Life Learning Tasks

Analyze How the Author Develops Key Concepts

Analyze Key Concepts or Characters

Identifty Key Ideas or Concepts

Determine and Analyze in Detail the Theme Development

Determine and Analyze a Theme from Details in the Text

Nineteenth Century Life Audios

Chapter 40, of Little Women, is one of the saddest chapters in the story.

Do you know the background of "Little Women?" Meet Louisa May Alcott and learn how she based her still-famous story on her real-life family.

In this audio clip, Carole Bos reads from Les Miserables, Volume I - Book Sixth ("Javert") - Chapter II (entitled "How Jean May Become Champ").

In this audio clip, Carole Bos reads from Les Miserables, Volume I - Book Sixth ("Javert") - Chapter I (entitled "The Beginning of Repose").

In this audio clip, Carole Bos reads from Les Miserables, Volume I - Book Fifth ("The Descent") - Chapter XIII (entitled "The Solution of some Questio...

Nineteenth Century Life Audio Narrations

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What are the factors leading to Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo on June 18, 1815?

Bass Reeves, a former slave who became a Deputy U.S. Marshal, understood several Native-American languages.

Joseph Merrick, also known as "The Elephant Man," rose above massive deformities to live an exemplary life.

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