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Teaching Wreck of the Hesperus

Wreck of the Hesperus

"The Wreck of the Hesperus" is a narrative poem by American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, first published inBallads and Other Poems in 1842. It is a story that presents the tragic consequences of a sea captain's pride. On an ill-fated voyage in winter, he brings his daughter aboard ship for company. The captain ignores the advice of one of his experienced men, who fears that a hurricane is approaching.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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ESSENTIAL QUESTION:

How do the characteristics of the skipper lead to the tragic ending?
STANDARDS:
RL.2 - Main Ideas

DEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE (DOK) LEVELS:

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