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A Sailor's Life for Me!

Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Web Link
Date Posted: 7/19/2012

In this activity, students will enlist and experience the life of a young sailor aboard USS CONSTITUTION during the War of 1812. Students will scrub the deck, haul on lines, steer the ship, work the guns, tell tall tales, and perhaps sneak a game of dice during your leisure time. If the player does well, she'll rise through the ranks and eventually captain her own gun crew.

Students can also explore the ship and learn about the daily lives of the 450 sailors who lived and worked in these crowded spaces. Sailors recount their lives in their own words, and vivid, detailed drawings and playful text by world-renowned artist Stephen Biesty and writer Richard Platt let students explore all of USS Constitution's nooks, from the dark hold to the top of the tallest mast and everywhere in between.


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