Hoist The Mizzenmast
Kind of Activity:
Students will use historic information to better visualize an important setting in the novel.
Common Core Standards:
In these opening chapters, we spend more time aboard sea vessels than we will for the rest of the novel. As such, this is a fine opportunity for students to familiarize themselves with the basic layout of a ship like the Patna, which Conrad describes as a steamer. Divide students into small groups of 2-3 individuals. Each group will use either the library or the internet to find diagrams of steamer ships from the early 20th century. Because there are so...
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