Day 3

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

Classroom Activities

  1. 1

    Island alternatives

    Kind of Activity:

    Research

    Objective:

    To effectively research the possible destinations rejected by the men of the Essex and draw a conclusion about whether or not they were viable options using researched information

    Common Core Standards:

    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.5, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.11-12.7

    Structure:

    The captain (with the influence of his mates) ultimately sets course for the coast of South America—a long, open-sea journey, rather than risking visiting one of the closer unknown islands. This was for a variety of reasons, including fear of cannibalism, tribal warfare, and storms. The islands that Pollard and his men could have chosen as a...

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