Grades 9–12

Pre-Visit Activity  |  Program Explanation & Notes (pdf)  |  Key Terms & Concepts (pdf)

The characters and action in Herman Melville’s great American novel are introduced in a program designed to capture the imagination and interest of all students. Whether they have read an abridged version or immersed themselves in the full-length novel, the Moby-Dick program enhances students’ understanding of the adventures and trials of whaling.

Teachers are invited to work with us in setting the goals of the Moby-Dick program.
Options include:

  • The tools and technology of whaling
  • Life aboard a “world-wandering whale-ship”
  • New Bedford in the time of Herman Melville 


Suggested Pre-Visit Activity

Read a version of Moby-Dick


Banner Credit: Detail of Moby Dick Mural preliminary sketch by Richard Ellis. NBWM2011.92.20.


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