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Night Flight: Amelia Earhart Crosses the Atlantic

Burleigh, Robert (Author)
Minor, Wendell (Illustrator)
Simon & Schuster 2011. 36 pages
First published: 2011
ISBN: 9781416967330 (hardcover)
9781442431201 (e-book)
Original language: English
Book type: Non-Fiction
Book genre: Biography

Text Elements:

character, point of view, setting

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

This story chronicles Amelia Earhart’s daring solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1932. It begins when she departs from Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, and ends with her arrival in a cow pasture in Derry, Northern Ireland.

Poetic language transports readers into the cockpit with Amelia, capturing the wonder of liftoff (“The plane ascends, high and higher, as the pounding surf turns noiseless below”) or the tension toward the end of her flight when the plane flounders with ice on its wings (“The Atlantic stares up with its huge uncaring eye. Breakers rise like teeth from its angry mouth.”)

Full-bleed paintings depict harsh yet beautiful skies, the dark wildness of the sea and the solitary nature of her voyage in her small, one-person red Vega.

This record of a mere 15 hours in Earhart’s life portrays her bold and courageous nature, defying gender conventions of the time: “Women must try to do things as men have tried.”

A short afterword provides additional details about her life. Back material also includes a map which traces her journey, a bibliography, a list of Internet resources and quotations, and a technical note about the plane.

  •  Brainstorm the qualities of a hero. As you read the story and afterword, discuss the qualities and achievements that make Amelia Earhart a hero.
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    Chose a selection of the text for a dramatic choral reading. Consider your use of pacing, volume and tone of voice in conveying the mood of the text. Present your reading to another group or the class.

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    Working in small groups, compare and contrast the life and accomplishments of Amelia Earhart and Ellen Prentiss (Dare the Wind by Tracey Fern).

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    Brainstorm the qualities necessary to be a pilot. What about to become a hero? Create a character map for Earhart from the information in the text.

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    Explore the feelings Amelia goes through during her flight. Add them to your character map. Discuss how the pictures and text help you experience Amelia’s feelings during her flight.

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    Use teacher-selected resources to research more information about Earhart's life. Draw a timeline of her life.

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    Amelia dreamed of going where no one had gone before. What are your dreams? Write a short descriptive text about of some of your dreams. Share your dreams.

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    People have risked their lives, and still do, in order to make scientific advancement or pave the way for others. Before reading this book, brainstorm names of people you know who have taken such risks.

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    After each double-page spread, write a sentence that summarizes what you read. Cut them into strips and mix them up. Exchange your strips with a partner and correctly sequence the events.

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    With a partner, research Canadian women who made a significant contribution to society. Create an e-book using this picture book as a model. Practise reading it, then share your finished product with younger students.

  • To exercise critical judgment
  • To use creativity
  • To use information
  • Personal and Career Planning
  • Career Development
  • Geography, History and Citizenship
  • Science and Technology