ERIC Number: ED227027
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Oct
Reference Count: 0
"Worth Ten Men on a Rope": A Lesson Plan on Sea Chanties.
Kracht, James B.
In this lesson, middle school students explore a musical expression, the sea chantey, which provided a rhythm necessary to help 19th century sailors work together. Objectives are to help students understand the purpose of sea chanties, realize how different types of chanties were especially suited to different types of jobs, and identify the chantey rhythm. Two 30-minute periods are required to teach the lesson. On day 1, students read and discuss a letter from the "Old Mariner" describing his experiences at sea and study a map of the route of his ship, the Sea Serpent. They also study sketches of the Sea Serpent's rigging and of sailors performing a variety of tasks. On day 2, students learn four different chanties and role play the actions that accompany them. The letter, map, sketches, and lyrics for the chanties are provided in the lesson. Also included are a history of the sea chantey, teacher instructions, and a listing of student and teacher resource materials. (RM)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Sea Chanties
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council for Geographic Education (San Diego, CA, October, 1982).