Ideas for Classroom Use

Tour of the Charles W. Morgan Under Restoration

Compare and Contrast: Essay or Conversation

In the lecture, Dr. Bercaw Edwards discusses the similarities and differences between the Charles W. Morgan and the fictional Pequod from Herman Melville's Moby-Dick.  Have students explore these similarities and differences in an essay or classroom conversation.

Common Core State Standards Connections


Standard 1 (Grades 6-8) Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

Standard 2 (Grades 6-8) Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

Standard7 (Grade 6) Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate.

Standard9 (Grades 6-8) Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Writing standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies

Standard 2 (Grades 6-12) Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes.

Compare and Contrast: Essay

When Dr. Bercaw Edwards gave this tour in the summer of 2012, the Morgan was out of the water and in the midst of restoration.  Have students visit the Museum today to see the progress of the Morgan restoration.  Students can then write an essay describing the changes that have taken place since the lecture.

Art Activity

While visiting the Charles W. Morgan at Mystic Seaport, students can create sketches of  her current state using water color pencils.  Upon returning to the classroom, the students can "paint" in the colors using only water!