Moby Dick by Herman Melville
This lesson makes a great sub plan!!
This lesson accompanies the 1998 Moby Dick movie starring Patrick Stewart. For a more in depth look at Moby Dick that includes everything here plus an excerpt from the novel, reading guide and vocabulary for excerpt, instructions and rubric for cause/effect essay, vocabulary quiz, and more, visit Moby Dick
It includes a 20 question, multiple-choice quiz to give after students view the movie. The quiz comes in 2 version to deter cheaters. The questions are the same, but the answer choices have been scrambled. An editable PowerPoint of the quiz is also included in case you wish to make changes.
Next, students have the option to fill in a graphic organizer of the causes and effects of Ahab’s obsession with the whale or create their own visual to demonstrate that information. There is an answer key for the graphic organizer and an example of the visual. Both options get students synthesizing information from the movie; however, the second option challenges students to not only think critically but also creatively.
Finally, students have the option to gather information from the text – in this case non-print text – to determine if Herman Melville was a dark or regular Romantic. Students will analyze, synthesize, and evaluate to come to a conclusion.
The time frame of the lesson does not include the time to watch the movie. The movie lasts approximately 2 hours. The time for the lesson activities vary depending on which options you want to do with your students.
Sample Quiz Questions:
_____ 3. What do the ship’s crew ask of Ishmael soon after setting sail in order to turn him into a sailor?
A. He must take first watch, which is climbing up the high mast of the ship to look for whales.
B. He must walk the plank and test his swimming skills because small whale-hunting ships often get overturned, and he must be able to swim well.
C. He needs to get his ear pierced like all the other sailors.
D. He must cut open a whale to show he has the stomach for it.
_____ 9. A ship called The Rachel meets up with Ahab’s ship, and the captain of The Rachel asks Ahab for what favor?
A. To help them patch up their leaking oil barrels.
B. To allow men to board The Rachel and help some sick men.
C. To borrow some whaling supplies.
D. To help look for the captain’s son who was lost at sea.
_____ 17. Which word does NOT describe Ahab in the movie Moby Dick?
_____ 20. What is the chief lesson to be learned from the movie Moby Dick?
A. People cannot trust others.
B. Nature is a remarkable force that man cannot overtake.
C. Work hard and good things will come your way.
D. Money is never worth dying for.
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