Whale of a Tale

Resource close-up: The Legend of Moshup

Have your students watch this video of Jonathan Perry telling the story of Moshop and the Cliffs of Aquinnah. Aquinnah is traditional name for the island of Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts.

A short written version of the Moshup and the Whale story can be downloaded from this link.

Recognizing common elements of story structure, i.e. character, plot, and moral, students will use Handout B and Handout C have to compare and contrast this story with stories from Alaska, Canada, and Hawai'i.