Black Hands, White Sails: The Story of African-American Whalers Essay & Project Ideas

Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick L. McKissack
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1. People who helped free slaves were called abolitionists. Examine the history of the abolitionist movement, its leaders, and its Underground Railroad.

2. Research how to create a biography.

What characteristics would you look for in a person? How would you gather information? How could you create a timeline?

3. Compare and contrast the life of a historical person with your life. Use a timeline, photographs, and drawings to aid in your comparison.

4. Make a model of a 1800s whaling ship as you research its parts. Using this replica, explain each part and its purpose. Describe why ship builders used certain woods for each section.

5. Describe boating terms: e.g., starboard, port, bow, and stern. Your mission is to train your "greenie" classmates before their first adventure on a whaling boat.

6. Scrimshaw, the maritime folk art of carving objects, uses whalebone, whale teeth...

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