Day 4

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

Classroom Activities

  1. 1

    Lost at Sea

    Kind of Activity:

    Group Work

    Objective:

    To examine social interaction and leadership in a mock-crisis situation

    Common Core Standards:

    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.1.B, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.1.C

    Structure:

    Students will play a variation of the Lost at Sea survival game by Grahame Knox (https://insight.typepad.co.uk/lost_at_sea.pdf). Provide the students with Knox’s list of items they must rank in order of importance in a survival situation. Each student can rank the items individually on their own paper; then, they should split into medium-sized groups (5-7 students) to discuss their ranking choices. Their goal: They have only 5 minutes to agree upon a...

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