Day 2

In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex Lesson Plan

Classroom Activities

  1. 1

    Stove by a whale: Multiple accounts

    Kind of Activity:

    Group Discussion


    To examine multiple representations of the same event in different media formats; to explore how representations that use artistic license can both strengthen and weaken understanding of source material

    Common Core Standards:



    Students will read Chapter 2 of Narrative of the Most Extraordinary and Distressing Shipwreck of the Whale-Ship Essex by Owen Chase (available here, which recounts the whale attack from Chase’s point of view....

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