Middle Grades Activity Form Title Amelia Lost By: Candace Fleming Publisher: Schwartz & Wade Books Copyright: 2011 Genre: nonfiction Setting: US, 1930s SUMMARY: (must be original-not copied) This biography follows Amelia Earhart from her childhood through her last flight in which she disappeared over the Pacific Ocean. Includes lots of pictures, maps, letters, etc. This was a well-written and interesting biography. It includes information on Earhart that I’d never heard before. Although the story is known, this book kept me in suspense during the final hours of her flight and the search for her plane. AUTHOR’S BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH: Candance Fleming has always loved telling stories. While reading bedtime stories to her children, she first had the idea to write her own books. After many rejection letters, she finally had her first book published. http://www.candacefleming.com/bio.html or http://www.childrenslit.com/childrenslit/mai_fleming_candace.html Other books written by the author: The Great and Only Barnum The Lincolns Our Eleanor Ben Franklin’s Almanac A Big Cheese for the White House Ben Franklin’s Almanac Baoes for Katje Clever Jack Takes the Cake Gabriella’s Song; Gator Gumbo Lowji Discovers America Muncha! Muncha! Muncha Our Eleanor SIMILAR BOOKS/BOOKS WITH A SIMILAR THEME: Lost Star Who Was Amelia Earhart Finding Amelia Amelia’s Last Secret Amelia Earhart: The Legend of the Lost Aviator by Shelley Tanaka Amelia Earhart: Female Pioneer in Flight by Lori Mortensen Amelia Earhart: Legendary Aviator by Jameson Anderson. DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: (If question is related to a specific chapter, chapter is in parenthesis following question) 1. Look at the picture on p. 69. Even though Amelia was third in this race, how did G.P. publicize the race to make Amelia’s placing seem more favorable? 2. Amelia’s first flight instructor didn’t think she was ready to fly alone. Before her round-the-world flight, Amelia spent few hours training in the plane she was to fly. Do you think this affected the outcome? Do you think if she had prepared differently, the outcome could have been different? 3. After reading this book, discuss what you consider Amelia Earhart’s greatest strengths and greatest weaknesses to be. 4. Discuss the impact of Amelia’s accomplishments had on the women of her time. 5. Discuss how Amelia’s physical appearance was important to her life story. 6. On pg. 22, the author tells readers Amelia “could do algebra in her head.” Discuss what that reveals about her intelligence. LITERARY LINKS or ACTIVITIES: Language Arts (List activity and Common Core Standards Grades 6-8 addressed by each): 1. Select an early aviator to research. Write a report about this person’s life. 2. Using a step-by-step news writing process, construct a newspaper article or radio announcement using an important event from Amelia Earhart’s life that illustrates her strength of character. 8.RI.1 Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. 8.RI.2 Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text. (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories). 8.RL.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently. 8.W.1 Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence. 8.W.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content. 8.W.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. Challenging Words (pronunciation, spelling, defining) (include chapter and/or page #): Aviatrix (pg 54), affluence p. 18; squander p. 20; fledgling p. 35; aviatrix p. 42; instigate p. 51; frenzied p. 57; vagabond p. 61; Battle of the Book Questions are available on the link from the Young Hoosier Book Award webpage.