Objective: The novel begins with the floundering of the White Ship, losing all passengers aboard with the exception of one. The objective of this lesson is to look closely at the significance of this event and understand the consequences of the lost White Ship.
1) Have a class discussion about the significance of the White Ship with regard to King Henry I. How does the wreck affect the future of his reign? In what way does the sinking of the White Ship affect the citizens of England?
2) Homework: Have the students research the wreck of the White Ship and write a summary of the true historical event. Compare the actual facts with the situation presented in the novel.
3) Have the class write an essay predicting events that may happen in the novel, keeping in mind the sinking of the White Ship, the lone survivor, and the loss of...
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