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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
"20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" by Jules Verne makes a really good literatur unit to combine with oceanograpy, marine biology, seamanship, the science fiction genre, etc. Part four of this unit study covers Part 1, Chapters 16 - 20 of the book.
Unit Study: Part 4
As with many classics, there are several versions of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea on the market. The edition that I am using for this unit was originally published by Classic Press, Inc. in 1968.
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If you would like to download a free copy of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, one of the best downloads that Iíve found is available from http://www.knowledgerush.com/books/2000010.html. Its a no frills, continuous copy of the book.
Online-Literature.com also has 20,000 Leagues as well as several over works by the author Jules Verne. And at http://www.selfknowledge.com/446au.htm there is a realaudio version of the book you can listen to!
Book Summary from http://www.people.virginia.edu/~mtp0f/flips/jules.html
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is about the adventures of Captain Nemo and his crew aboard the submarine, Nautilus. One day ships start sinking, particularly ones dealing with war. Survivors think it is a big whale. A harpoon ship goes out to kill it, but finds out that the whale is actually the Nautilus. The most interesting part of this book was probably the Nautilus itself. It is shaped to look like a fish, with a large metal fin on top used to ram and sink the ships. The camouflage of the boat being shaped like a whale works, up until the part where the Nautilus takes on a few passengers from one of the sinking ships. Another intriguing part of this book was Captain Nemo. He is the kind of character that you neither like nor dislike. I say this, because of some of Nemoís actions. Captain Nemo hates war, and throughout the book, he uses his submarine to destroy all kinds of war related ships. You would like him for trying to put an end to war, but dislike his method (destroying ships and killing innocent lives).
Suggested Questions and Activities:
1. Chapter sixteen is entitled "A Submarine Forest." Draw pictures of what you think this is before you read this chapter and then what you envisioned after you read this chapter.
2. What do you think the statement "Curious anomaly, fantastic element in which the animal kingdom blossoms, and the vegetable does not!" means.
3. Study the habitat and inhabitants of a coral reef.
4. What is decompression? Decompression is a problem for divers even today. What causes it? What is the remedy?
5. Learn about the life cycle and habitat of the sea otter. This coloring page can be printed out and colored by the student. The page also has a good description of the anatomy of a sea otter.
6. Research and draw pictures of some of the life forms that were gathered in the large nets explained at the beginning of chapter seventeen.
7. Aronnax spoke of how deep the oceans are in chapter seventeen. Research and see if you can find out what the deepest measurements of the oceans are that have been taken in modern times.
8. Locate the Sandwhich Islands on the globe. Do you know what they are called today? [Answer: the Hawaiian Islands].
9. Please note that the description of the ship wreck at the end of chapter seventeen may not be appropriate for the younger set. Research ship wrecks. What are some of the causes of ship wreck? What are some famous ship wrecks?
10. There are several different landmarks mentioned in chapter eighteen. Plot the approximate course of the Nautilus based on the order the landmarks are mentioned in.
11. What is a corvette? [Answer: they were medium-sized, flush-decked fighting ships that carried up to 26 guns.]
12. According to the beginning of chapter twenty, how long had Aronnax, Conseil, and Ned Land been prisoners aboard the Nautilus?
On Line Lessons:
Link to PART FIVE