Teacher Guide

Benito Cereno Lesson Plan

Study Objectives

If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:

  1. 1

    Students will learn about 19th century America’s attitudes towards blacks and slaves.

  2. 2

    Students will learn about narrative techniques and how they influence the reader’s perception.

  3. 3

    Students will consider how conceptions of justice and morality may be influenced by individual perspectives and experiences.

  4. 4

    Students will learn about maritime history circa 1800.

  5. 5

    Students will learn about Gothic horror.

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