Amelia Earhart



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Amelia Earhart Adapted from: http://www.pitara.com/magazine/people/online.asp?story=47
Amelia Earhart was one of the world's most celebrated aviators. She broke records and charted new skies in the course of her short life. She disappeared while she was on a flight around the world.
Earhart was born on July 24, 1897, in Kansas, U.S.A. She had one younger sister. Childhood was not happy for the two bright sisters. Their father was an alcoholic and lost jobs often. The family travelled a great deal. The girls loved sports and their parents encouraged them to try new things.
After finishing high school, Amelia decided to study nursing. During the World War I, Amelia worked as a military nurse in Canada. She later she became a social worker and taught English to immigrant children. Besides work, Amelia had one hobby. She enjoyed watching airplane stunt shows, which were popular in the 1920s. Then one day she took a 10-minute plane ride and knew what her vocation would be - she would learn to fly.
Amelia did several odd jobs and, with the help of her mother, she put together the fee for flying lessons - $1,000, a lot of money in those days. After 10 hours of instruction and several crashes, Amelia was ready to fly alone. She made her first solo flight in 1921. The flight went well. By the next year, Amelia had saved enough money to buy her own plane.
Until 1928, flying was only her hobby. This changed when Amelia received a call from Captain Hilton H. Railey. He asked her to join pilots Wilmer Stultz and Louis Gordon on a flight from the United States to England. Though Amelia was just a passenger, she became the first woman to cross the Atlantic by flight. The plane they flew in was called 'The Friendship' and the trip was made on June 17-18, 1928. A publisher named George Putnam wrote an article on the flight and in 1931, Amelia married him.
After this, Amelia got tremendous publicity. In May 1932, she crossed the Atlantic alone and set a new transatlantic crossing record of 13 hours, 30 minutes. She received a medal from American President Herbert Hoover for this. Several years later, she became the first woman to fly over the Pacific Ocean from California to Hawaii.
Amelia's last flight began in June 1937. She and navigator Fred Noonan set out to fly around the world. The two of them took off from Miami in America to South America. Then they crossed the South Atlantic Ocean to Dakar in Africa and from there to Thailand to Australia. However, after they left Lae in New Guinea for Howland Island, the U.S. coast guard lost contact with the plane. The coast guard received a final, frantic message on July 2, 1937 at 8:45 am. Despite an extensive search, the American Navy never found a trace of either the plane nor of the aviators. Their disappearance is still a mystery.
In 1939 Amelia’s husband published her biography entitled Soaring Wings The biography described her adventurous life.

Name: ________________________ Next to: _________________


Class: ________________ ROW A Unseen: Amelia Earhart


  1. Name three records mentioned in the passage that Amelia Earhart set.

1)

2)

3)


Circle the correct answer.

  1. Which of the following was not a profession pursued by Amelia Earhart?

pilot, teacher, nurse, publisher, social worker

3. The US coast guard knew that Earhart and Noonan were in trouble. True / False

4. Amelia Earhart survived a few plane crashes. True / False

5. Amelia Earhart was a Canadian. True / False

6. Amelia Earhart had a happy childhood True / False
7. What was Earhart’s hobby? a. teaching English c. crossing the Atlantic

b. travelling a great deal d. watching airplane stunt shows



Complete the sentences according to the passage.

1. Earhart raised the money to learn to fly by ______________________________________.

2.Earhart was a _______________ on her first trans-Atlantic flight.


  1. Earhart received a medal from the president of the USA because ____________________

________________________________________.

  1. An “aviator” is a person who _______________________________.

  2. Copy the sentence that tells you that the American Navy doesn’t know what happened to Earhart and Noonan.

___________________________________________________________________________

Complete the time-line according to the passage. Write the correct number under each date.

1897 1921 1928 1931 1932 1937 1939


c

  1. Amelia Earhart piloted a plane alone for the first time.

  2. Earhart’s biography was published.

  3. Amelia Earhart was born.

  4. Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean.

  5. Amelia Earhart attempted to fly around the world.

  6. Earhart made a solo flight across the Atlantic.

Name: ________________________ Next to: _________________
Class: ________________ ROW B Unseen: Amelia Earhart


  1. Name three records mentioned in the passage that Amelia Earhart set.

1)

2)

3)



Circle the correct answer.

  1. Which of the following was not a profession pursued by Amelia Earhart?

pilot, publisher, social worker, teacher, nurse,

3. Amelia Earhart had a happy childhood True / False

4. The US coast guard knew that Earhart and Noonan were in trouble. True / False

5. Amelia Earhart was a Canadian. True / False

6. Amelia Earhart survived a few plane crashes. True / False
7. What was Earhart’s hobby? a. watching airplane stunt show c. teaching English b.travelling a great deal d. crossing the Atlantic

Complete the sentences according to the passage.



  1. An “aviator” is a person who _______________________________.

  2. Copy the sentence that tells you that the American Navy doesn’t know what happened to Earhart and Noonan.

___________________________________________________________________________

  1. Earhart received a medal from the president of the USA because ____________________

________________________________________.

  1. Earhart raised the money to learn to fly by _____________________________________.

  2. Earhart was a _______________ on her first trans-Atlantic flight.

Complete the time-line according to the passage. Write the correct number under each date.

1897 1921 1928 1931 1932 1937 1939


b

  1. Earhart made a solo flight across the Atlantic.

  2. Amelia Earhart was born.

  3. Earhart’s biography was published.

  4. Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean.

  5. Amelia Earhart piloted a plane alone for the first time.

  6. Amelia Earhart attempted to fly around the world.

Writing - Choose one question and write 80 –100 words. Pay attention to spelling, punctuation, capitalization and grammar. WRITE CLEARLY!


  1. You are Amelia Earhart. Write an entry in your diary after you took your first plane ride.




  1. Write the article that George Putnam wrote about Amelia’s flight in “The Friendship” in 1928.




  1. Write an article that might have appeared in a newspaper the day after Earhart and Noonan disappeared.




  1. What is your opinion about Amelia Earhart, her life and her accomplishments? Explain.

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Message 5 4 3 2 1

Word Use / Vocabulary 5 4 3 2 1

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