In addition to Melville’s short story, this volume for students in grades 7-12 includes a “Pre-Flight”, a short introduction, a “Wrap-Up”, a more in depth explanation and discussion of the story, along with “My Trip to the Andromeda Galaxy,” where Mr. Draeger travels light years away to learn about Herman Melville. The lengths this man will go for good information is truly unprecedented. If you’ve never been to an alien planet, you will not want to miss this.
“The portrait of me is quite stunning.” — Herman Melville
Also included are open-ended, Socratic type discussion questions to help students think more in depth about the story, some Melville quotes and a list of some of his other works. Wait, there’s more. There’s also a photo of Melville and half a dozen memes and faux posters. I know, I know, it’s probably way more than you were expecting but that’s just the kind of book this is.
“Reliving this story over and over is just a little too much for me. I’m not planning to read it.” — The Attorney