This lesson provides an opportunity to activate students' prior knowledge and begin to generate questions that will focus research. Students become involved in an active dialogue about history and whaling and are introduced to the distinction between primary and secondary sources.
Have access to a board, large sheets of easel paper, or overhead projector so that student suggestions can be posted for everyone to see. If you are going to try the extension activity, have copies of the primary sources.
Student's understanding can be assessed through observation during discussion and by looking at the ideas they generate for the K/W/W chart.
Mary Jane Aldrich-Moodie