Answer Key: Did Amelia Earhart Survive?

Lesson Plan: “Amelia Earhart’s Disappearance Still Captivates, 80 Years Later”

II. While Reading Activities Word Inference

  1. circumnavigate |ˌsərkəmˈnavəɡāt|-verb [ with obj. ] sail or travel all the way around (something, especially the world).
  2. forensic |fəˈrenzikfəˈrensik|-adjective of, relating to, or denoting the application of scientific methods and techniques to the investigation of crime: forensic evidence.
  3. proponent |prəˈpōnənt| noun -a person who advocates a theory, proposal, or project: a collection of essays by both critics and proponents of graphology.
  4. aviator |ˈāvēˌādər|-noun chiefly dated a pilot.
  5. barge |bärj| noun-a flat-bottomed boat for carrying freight, typically on canals and rivers, either under its own power or towed by another.
  6. evidence |ˈevədəns|-noun the available body of facts or information indicating whether a belief or proposition is true or valid: the study finds little evidence of overt discrimination.
  7. imprison |imˈpriz(ə)n|-verb [ with obj. ] put or keep in prison or a place like a prison: he was imprisoned for six months for contempt of court.
  8. nonprofit |ˌnänˈpräfit|-adjective [ attrib. ]not making or conducted primarily to make a profit: charities and other nonprofit organizations.
  9. enthusiast |inˈTH(y)o͞ozēˌastenˈTH(y)o͞ozēˌast| noun-a person who is highly interested in a particular activity or subject: a sports car enthusiast.
  10. shred |SHred| noun -• [ often with negative ] a very small amount: there was not a shred of evidence that linked him to the fire.

Reading Comprehension: Fill-ins

Mr. Gillespie is the executive director of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, a nonprofit that has spent decades searching for Ms. Earhart. He thinks the aviator landed her plane on an atoll (then called Gardner Island, now Nikumaroro) that is more than a thousand miles away from the Marshall Islands.

Grammar Focus:  Word -Recognition

The voyage is the one being supported, in part, by National Geographic and four dogs.The organization’s previous missions have found promising artifacts, like pieces of what could be airplane metal and parts of jars manufactured by American companies during the 1930s — including one used for a freckle ointment for women, which wouldn’t have been out of place among the possessions of the freckled female aviator.