Learning Activities for grades 9-12:
A Burglar, A Bicycle, and A Storm (Fiction—1896)
—How did the protagonist of this story redeem himself?
A Cycle Show in Little (1896)
—Did any of the bikes described surprise you?
A Midwinter-Night's Dream (1883)
—What does this piece say about shifts in technology?
—Compare this piece with Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. How is the piece an homage to Dickens' work?
A Modern Love Sung in Ancient Fashion (Poem—1884)
—How does the author of this piece use classical imagery to evoke the romance of cycling?
The Work of Wheelmen for Better Roads (1896)
—How did early cyclists achieve road improvements that still benefit people today?
A thought experiment:
Think about some of the ways people think about the past. What is most interesting to you? What is hardest for you to understand? Have you heard people making fun of the past, or talking about it in ways that would sound prejudiced if they referred to other modern cultures in the same terms?
Now, imagine you are living in the year 2150. Write a “history report” about the early twenty-first century. What aspects of twenty-first century life will be most interesting to people in 2150? What will be hardest for people in 2150 to understand about the twenty-first century? What will they think is funny, or look on with prejudice about the twenty-first century?