Outfitting for a Purpose: Creative Art

Why are there guns in the Captain's Cabin? Constitution’s spaces were used in different ways at different times. Before battle, sailors removed the walls of the captain's cabin and the area was used just like the rest of the ship's gun deck. Ask students to observe the “Captain's Cabin” scene; what do they notice? Have students draw and color a room that is familiar to them, (i.e. kitchen, bathroom, or classroom) or even construct a diorama – but in battle form! Instruct them to think about the room’s defense (both protection and escape) before they tackle offense (guns, weapons, or other offensive tactics) Get creative! Have students write a plan before drawing and a descriptive essay after completing the drawing that explains their decisions and choices.

The Captain's Challenge: A View from the Top

What responsibilities and challenges did Captain Hull face while in charge of a large ship and crew? See his list of responsibilities and start a list with your students about the responsibilities and challenges of being in charge of a ship or a classroom. How does a ship or a classroom function with just one person in charge? Explain the need for rules and expectations, and write a classroom contract with your students. Explore further by thinking about the responsibilities of the principle of their school, their guardian at home or world leaders. For more information about the crew as a whole, please visit the Educator's Version of Meet the Crew.

Dead Reckoning: Chart Your Progress

Captain Hull is charting the Ship's progress. With your students, try to steer Constitution in this interactive game. Build on this game with lesson plans about navigation on the high seas with NASA's Build a Simple Sextant and the Institute of Navigation's How to Be a Great Navigator.

Captain's Cabin

In his quarters at the stern of ship, the captain enjoys a luxury that everyone else aboard lacks: space. In this roomy, calm, comfortable cabin, he plans the ship's route, and makes decisions that might win or lose a battle or a war. It's a big responsibility, and it's his alone. With the fate of the ship and the lives of its 450 crew in his hands, a couple of luxurious cabins seem small rewards.

A Captainís Belongings

Read Captain Hull's Journal with your students and explore some personal belongings in artifacts from the USS Constitution Museumís collections.

Captainís Coming!

Work on board Constitution was completed by the sailors, and orders came down the ranks, usually from the Captain. Get your students outside and active and try our versions of Simon Says, called Captainís Coming!