Suggestions for Teaching with
The Romantic Chronology
In making use of the suggestions below,
you may wish to follow various links to try them out. Clicking on
a link will automatically launch another browser window, so you
may return to this page simply by closing the browser window containing
the Romantic Chronology page, or by toggling
- Take a tour
of the Romantic Chronology, in order to learn more about how
it works, and then encourage your students to take this tour
menu of dates on the Chronology
Home Page can be used to see every entry available in the
database, chunk by chunk. But one can also customize chronologies
based on topics, authors, kinds of events, etc. One can generate
chronologies, print them out, and distribute them to students;
or, one can ask students to go to the chronology and generate
chronologies for themselves. Familiarize yourself with the various
ways that one can search the Romantic
Chronology in order to figure out how to customize chronologies
and generate assignments:
- Check the list of topics used by editors of the chronology:
go to the Romantic
Chronology Home Page, and then click on "Topics
Catalogue" under "Chronology" on the navigation
bar at the left. Clicking on any one of these topics will
generate a chronology of events related to them.
- Using a simple Search
of the Chronology, one can search by date or by any words
in the event description, including author, publication,
or type of activity ("riot," for instance).
- A simple Search
of the Link Archive, by Keyword, URL, author, or topic,
will allow students to generate a list of resources available
on the Internet.
- An Advanced
Search of the Romantic Chronology allows one to generate
chronologies based on: dates, event descriptions, notes
and citations, persons or type of persons, works or type
of works, years of composition, years of publication. You
can ask students, for instance, to find out when an author
composed a particular work, and then what was being published
at the same time.
- The Advanced
Search of the Link Archive will allow you to search
by web creator and by description of web sites.
- After devising an assignment for students, try it out yourself
following all the steps you have asked them to follow. The chronology
may be missing certain events that you would like to have come
up when either you or your students generate your own chronologies
by doing various searches. If some events are missing, contact
Mandell; she can add the events very quickly, in time for
you to generate the chronology you need to distribute or before
your students begin their research projects.
- Sample Searches and Assignments:
- Go to the Chronology
Home Page; click on the "Topics Catalogue,"
and then on "Abolition." Print this chronology
out to distribute to students for a unit on the Abolition
Movement in Britain.
- Ask your students to decide whether they think that the
Romantic era was a relatively peaceful time or not by using
search, and putting into the "Event Description"
box words that might denote turbulent times ("riot,"
"arrest," "protest," "revolution,"
- When reading Barbauld's "Eighteen Hundred and Eleven"
or Shelley's "England in 1819," or any poem or
literary work at all, ask students to visit the chronology
and do a simple
search and entering the years that the poems describe.
- Ask students to look at the kind of essay being written
during the period by going to the Advanced
Search engine, clicking on the drop-down box under "Type
of Work," clicking on "Essay," and then clicking
the "Search" button. Although 200 entries come
up, students can scroll through them looking at titles,
just to get a sense of what kinds of issues are being discussed.