The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade Fun Activities

Thomas Lynch
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Map Work

On U.S. and world maps, have the students locate and mark Milford, Michigan; West Clare, Ireland; London, England; the Lesser Antilles; and the gulf coast of Florida (all locations visited in the book).

Predict A City's Death Rate

Using the statistics found in Chapter 1 (where Lynch described 1,000 people left in a room for one year), determine the annual death rate of a city with a population of 500,000. Predict how many people would die and in what ways over the course of the next year.

Design a Casket

Design a casket (not a coffin, which would be simple and unadorned). Pretend you are designing this casket for a person with a particular personality or likes (hobbies, vocation, etc.); include symbols of the things that would best represent that person. You may also choose to let your imagination run wild and design a casket with a unique...

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