This is a 65 page lesson plan for Billy Budd written, tested, and approved by working classroom teachers. The main components of this plan are the following:
-An in-depth introductory lecture
-Chapter-by-chapter study questions
-A multiple-choice test
The plan is divided into a teacher and a student edition. The teacher edition provides complete answer keys.
Excerpt from introductory lecture:
"Billy Budd is short—it’s commonly classified as a novella—and it has a straightforward plot: While at sea, Billy, a likeable young sailor of almost saint-like virtue, is falsely accused of insubordination by an envious petty o cer. Shocked by the accusation and momentarily tongue-tied, Billy strikes the o cer and kills him with a single blow. In accordance with the rules of maritime law, Billy is hanged for the murder, despite having the sympathy of the captain and other members of the crew."