Teaching Children's Literature

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis

Amelia Earhart The Legend of the Lost Aviator


Bibliography: Written by Shelley Tanaka and Illustrated by David Craig, Abrams Books for Young Readers, New York, 2008, 48 pgs.

Reading Level:  1000L (9-12)

Synopsis:  The life experiences of Amelia Earhart beginning with her childhood, her desire to fly, and her will to live her dreams are detailed throughout this book.  The book wonderfully describes each of the flying expeditions that Amelia embarked upon ending with her around the world flight during which she disappeared in her Electra aircraft.  The book even offers an epilogue describing different theories of what happened to Amelia Earhart and explains the relevance of Amelia Earhart’s life today.

Classroom Rationale:  Students can use this book to study the impact that a particular historical person has had and to create a timeline of important events for the historical figure’s life.  This book would be important in the study of important women in American history.  Also students can read an additional book about Amelia Earhart and compare the information presented in both of the texts.    

Common Core:  Students will tell the key ideas about Amelia Earhart’s life and the important details within the text (RI 3.2).   Students show the relationship between a series of historical events (RI 3.3) or explain important events in historical text (RL 4.3) based on specific information in the text.


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