Teacher Guide

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

Notes to the Teacher

In the Heart of the Sea contains graphic and potentially disturbing content pertaining to the brutality of whaling, starvation, cannibalism, suffering, death, and racism. You may wish to provide some content warnings to your students and prepare to provide support via guided group discussions or one-on-one guidance. In addition, you may want to pick and choose the lesson material you feel your class will be the most comfortable with.

Issues of race are still relevant today, so while you’ll want to make time for a frank exploration of the role racism plays in the story, you may also want to approach the subject with sensitivity, taking extra care to ensure the classroom remains a safe and...

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