1. Pose this question to the group: What are the pros and cons of being the first at something?
2. Guide group into generating a list. Record answers on the board.
3. Allow participants to select one of the items from either list to “defend”.
4. Give them this starter sentence to begin their paragraph: I think being the first at something is _____ because _____. One reason I believe is ____________.
5. Give 5 minutes to complete responses.
Transition: Being first comes with a steep price. We are going to use primary and secondary source documents to examine the lives of Bessie Coleman and Amelia Earhart. Both of these women paid a big price to be first.
1. The Case for Ladies in the Cockpit: You are the agent for Bessie Coleman and Amelia Earhart. Your job is to present each pilot’s best qualities in and out of the cockpit to investors.
2. Show the video of clips depicting the life of both women. This will provide some preliminary background information. Discuss.
3. Divide the class into groups of three (no more than four): Odd numbered groups will study Bessie and even numbered groups will study Amelia.
4. Provide each student with this character trait list. Provide each group with a piece of chart or butcher paper.
Tell groups to select 5-8 words from the list they feel represent their pilot so far. These words should be recorded on the chart paper.
5. Groups will study the resources about their pilot and take notes.
Talkin' About Bessie and Nobody Owns the Sky
Amelia and Eleanor Go For A Ride and Amelia Earhart the Legend of the Lost Aviator
Use the schedule to assign resources to students.
Give each student a copy of the Notes Notes Notes graphic organizer.
The research phase should take approximately 2 class periods depending on the number of resources you have available.
Have groups review their notes. Lead them in a discussion to reach a consensus on the three words groups will use to market their pilot to investors. Remind them text evidence will be needed to support each character trait the group selects.
6. Create brochure or poster using evidence from the text to make their case.
7. All Ideas must be supported by direct evidence in the text.