This culminating lesson asks students to pull together information from throughout the unit to imagine themselves at sea on a typical whaling bark in the mid 1800s. After looking at several surviving letters from captains to their families, students write a plausible, informative letter to a loved one at home on Martha's Vineyard.
Make copies of letters written by Captain Henry Colt to his family and friends on Martha's Vineyard. Each student will need writing materials and assignment instructions.
A rubric can be developed by the teacher to assess the student's letters. Student's understanding can also be assessed through observation during class discussion.
Mary Jane Aldrich-Moodie