This assignment was designed to help students understand the social and historical context for the novel Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. The research topics are about life in Victorian England, however, and not specific to this novel, so this assignment could be used in conjunction with any other piece of literature set in the same time period and place. The assignment sheet sets guidelines for students to work alone or in groups, provides a list of topics about Victorian life that they may choose and sets the requirements according to which they will be graded. These requirements are also listed on the accompanying grading rubric. This assignment gives students the opportunity to develop their research, information literacy, critical analysis, writing and presentation skills.