Amelia Earhart: Young Air Pioneer
This Teacher's Guide provides a framework for using Amelia Earhart: Young Air
Pioneer in the classroom as a vehicle to engage students and weave literature
into multiple content areas.
The Guide offers many suggestions for interdisciplinary activities that students
can do before, during, and after they read the book. These learner-centered
activities help students move from solely a comprehension, or knowledge-based
way of thinking about historical fiction, to higher levels of critical thought that
include analysis and evaluation.
1. Before starting any unit of study, it's a good idea to assess what students
already know, or think they know, about the subject. If students have at least
some knowledge of Amelia Earhart or her accomplishments, draw a three-
column chart on the blackboard with the headings: What We Know About
Amelia Earhart, What We Want to Know, and What We Learned.
Ask students to respond only to the first two columns. After reading the book
and doing some or all of the After Reading activities, revisit the chart with the
class to complete the third column (What We Learned) and to correct any
erroneous information in the first column.
2. If students have no knowledge of Earhart or her accomplishments, you can
have them just begin reading the book or you might want to introduce the
book by reading aloud page 110, "The Mystery of Amelia Earhart." Tell
students that the book is about Earhart's childhood and that they will have an
opportunity to discuss more of her mysterious disappearance after they
complete the book.
While many teachers prefer that students read a book without interruption, others
opt to conduct mini-assessments along the way.
1. Have students keep an ongoing literature journal in which they can write
about what they're reading and keep an ongoing vocabulary list of unfamiliar
words or phrases. You might also wish to provide writing pro