The Young Man and the Sea Extension Activity
- Grades: 6–8
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1. Using colored markers or pencils, draw a picture of a bluefin tuna based on what you read in the story. When you are finished, compare your drawing to your classmates' drawings. How are the drawings different? How are they similar? You may also want to look for a picture of a bluefin in a reference book.
Some of the physical details of the bluefin given in the text include blue hue, large tail and folding dorsal fins. The 410 lb bluefin Skiff sees on the dock was seven feet in length; the fish Skiff eventually catches is said to weigh 900 lbs.
2. Draw a map of Skiff's town and the surrounding area. Begin with any geographic features you remember including the creek, the harbor, Little Sister Rock, and Jeffrey's Ledge. Then, fill in your map with symbols showing different events and places from the story. For example, you may want to draw a lobster where you think Skiff set his traps or a yacht where you think Mr. Croft may have anchored his boat, The Fin Chaser. Be sure to include a legend on your map to show what the symbols mean.
The author is not very specific about each site's location relative to the other sites. Therefore, the activity is fairly open-ended, as long as readers show some sense of scale. Jeffrey's Ledge is thirty miles off shore, whereas Little Sister Rock is much closer. Also, readers should remember that Skiff must pass The Fin Chaser on his way to the harbor and that Mr. Woodwell lives at a bend in the creek.
3. At the end of the story, you read a newspaper about Skiff and the fish he caught. Think of something you or someone you know has accomplished in the past and write an article like the one in the book. If you prefer to write about an imaginary event or something you have always dreamed of doing, that's fine, too.
The newspaper article appears on page 189.