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Week 41: Literacy Onboard

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As we have followed the journeys of our nine ships over the past 8 months we have read many journal extracts, letters and diary entries. These primary sources have helped us to understand what life onboard may have been like from the perspectives of the authors. We can also use these texts to examine the literacy skills of the captains, crew members and passengers who used writing to record their experiences. We can also compare the way words and language has been used in these 1836 examples and compare this to the types of writing we do now. This week we will look closely at some primary sources and think about the role of literacy in the lives of those onboard the ships in our story.

"Education', Victorian genre print, 1850

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