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By Lauren Salisbury
December 3, 2019

The gripping narrative nonfiction feature in the December/January issue of Scope explores one of the greatest mysteries in American history: What happened to Amelia Earhart? After reading the article with your students, explore the resources below to keep the learning going. 

Essential Questions
Post these questions in your classroom for students to refer to as they explore the resources:

  • What is a trailblazer?
  • What is the appeal of a mystery?
  • What drives humans to attempt dangerous feats?


Keep the learning going with these fabulous resources:

Explore primary sources.

  • This National Archives page includes digital records related to Earhart's flight and the search for her plane. It includes photographs, letters, U.S. Navy search reports, and radio logs.
  • This Library of Congress blog post contains newspaper clippings from before and after Earhart’s final flight.   

New York Daily News Archive / Contributor

Read plays from the Scope archives about other aviation trailblazers.

Tip: Split your class in half and have each group perform a play.

Read these nonfiction books.

Explore @RealAmeliaEarhart’s Instagram account.

See what PBS’s American Experience staff imagines Earhart’s Instagram account would have looked like. 

3 engaging activities to choose from:

  • Imagine that Amelia Earhart survived after her disappearance and her long-lost journal has just been discovered. Write her journal entries about the events of her life after July 2, 1937.
  • In a well-organized essay, explain the present-day efforts to solve the mystery of Amelia Earhart’s disappearance. Draw on information in the article as well as your own research.
  • Write a dialogue between two historians debating what happened to Amelia Earhart. Draw on information in the Scope article, the resources above, and one additional source.

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