Nonfiction: Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World-Print or DIGITAL w/ Part A,B Qs

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This is a 185-page Common Core aligned complete book study for the nonfiction text, Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and the Endurance. This book study teaching unit has everything that you will need to teach and assess the novel. Includes a basic comprehensive quiz and a final exam that includes PARCC-style Part A/Part B questions for increased rigor. The table of contents makes finding information quick and easy. ALL ANSWER KEYS ARE INCLUDED.

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Included in this Nonfiction Book Study Guide:

Introductory and Informational Materials:

  • Interactive Bulletin Board featuring the crew of the Endurance
  • Voyage Map
  • Teaching Notes
  • List of websites to extend learning, including some videos on YouTube of the PBS show about Shackleton
  • CCSS Checklists for grades 6 - 8

Vocabulary Building Materials:

  • Vocabulary Master List (digital option)
  • “Mark My Words” Student Vocabulary Bookmark
  • Word Wall Cards
  • Vocabulary and Definition Cards
  • Vocabulary Quiz (answer key included)

Student Packet (divided by chapters) (digital option) featuring:

  • Anticipation Guide
  • Vocabulary
  • Chapter Questions
  • Focused Instruction on Key Literary Elements
  • Discussion Questions
  • Student Activities
  • Writing Prompts

Skill Building Activities and Worksheets:

  • Writer’s Notebook Questions
  • Media Format Compare and Contrast
  • Link to Current Events – Chilean Mine Rescue - Have students read about their situation and compare it to Shackleton’s
  • Explore Text Structures Graphic Organizer Set (digital option)
  • Compare and Contrast Fiction and Nonfiction Texts - suggested fictional short story with similar situation/theme for students to read/compare text features, theme development, etc.
  • Determining Central Ideas or Themes

Activities Included in this Book Study:

  • Team Building Activity - a task for students to accomplish by communicating nonverbally
  • Survival Activity - – students choose things to discard or to take with them that will help them survive
  • Make a Sextant Activity – students can make a sextant and figure out their latitude
  • Q & A Dice Game

Supplemental Worksheets:

  • Grouping Similar Items Worksheet (digital option)
  • Antarctic Animals Grouping Worksheet (digital option)
  • Nautical Terms Crossword Puzzle (digital option)
  • Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World Crossword Puzzle (digital option)


Common Core Standards utilized with this unit:

  • R.I. 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5, 6.6, 6.10
  • R.I. 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, 7.5, 7.6, 7.10
  • R.I. 8.1, 8.2, 8.3, 8.4, 8.5, 8.6, 8.10
  • L 8.4, 7.4, 6.4
  • L 8.5, 7.5, 6.5
  • L 8.6, 7.6, 6.6

Skills addressed in this book study guide include:

  • inferences
  • theme
  • figurative language (recognizing and explaining)
  • vocabulary in context
  • summarizing
  • foreshadowing 
  • synonyms and antonyms
  • tone
  • identifying action verbs
  • interpreting feelings of characters w/ support text
  • compare and contrast
  • sequencing of events
  • Greek and Latin roots
  • identifying parts of speech
  • identifying protagonist/antagonist

Curriculum tie-ins:

  • Antarctica
  • explorers
  • survival
  • winter
  • 20th century history
  • teamwork


Looking for a standalone student workbook / study guide?

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Purchase the final exam as a stand-alone product here.

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