Amelia Earhart was an influential woman of her time. Although she is famous for her unfinished last flight, she attempted and accomplished much in the years before...
She was a volunteer nurse’s aide in Canada during World War I; the first female pilot to fly across the Atlantic Ocean and the first pilot—male or female—to fly an airplane solo from Hawaii to California. She set women's altitude, speed and transcontinental records. She was an author, poet and lecturer when she wasn’t flying.
Amelia was invited to visit the White House during the administrations of three different presidents (and made an additional visit with other members of the National Women’s Party in support of an Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution) and posed for photos with Hollywood movie stars. She used her fame to stand up for and support other women, including the first female commercial airline pilot hired in 1934 who resigned a year later because she was not allowed to fly passengers in bad weather and was refused membership in the all-male airline pilots’ union. (The next female airline pilot was not hired until 1973.)
Amelia and other female pilots boycotted the 1934 National Air Races because women were not allowed to compete in the prestigious Bendix Trophy cross-country air race. The ban was lifted in 1935, and in 1936 Louise Thaden and Blanche Noyes finished in first place (Amelia and Helen Richey finished in fifth place).
The last section of the slideshow sets out the basic facts of the “Round-the-World” flight Earhart attempted to make along with navigator Fred Noonan; but the bulk of this presentation gives highlights from the rest of her complex and inspiring life.
This product includes:
• An 80-slide (non-editable) PDF slideshow with seven related, embedded, video links to YouTube videos (each lasting three minutes or less);
• Seven slides in a separate PDF containing embedded links to the seven YouTube videos (each lasting three minutes or less) linked within the slideshow itself, for use if you prefer to show them after the slideshow.
• A guide to the content of the YouTube videos linked within the slideshow and in the separate PDF, containing brief descriptions of the content and/or the information included with the YouTube posts;
• An “Amelia Earhart” crossword puzzle with key;
• Both a non-editable PDF document with the slideshow text (six pages without photos) and an editable
Microsoft Word document containing the slideshow text.
The slideshow segment titles are:
• Stretching Her Wings, Creating a Career
• Standing Up for Women
• Touring the Equator
* In Her Own Words (part of her poem, "Courage")
I hope you and your students enjoy using this unit!
BGI (Basic Ground Instructor) and
Instrument-Rated Private Pilot
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