On July 2, 1937, Amelia Earhart’s plane went missing over the Pacific Ocean. The 39-year-old American pilot was attempting to become the first female to circumnavigate the world in an airplane. The missing plane is one of America’s greatest mysteries.
This month, a young woman with the same name is hoping to bring attention to female aviation once again. Amelia Rose Earhart, 31, is currently flying a single-engine airplane around the world. Amelia Rose will be making 17 stops, handing out flight scholarships to young women along the way. The pilot says her goal is not to one up the historic aviator, but to finish what Amelia Earhart (the 1st) started and to inspire more women to pursue an interest in flying.
“By recreating and symbolically completing Amelia Mary Earhart’s flight around the world, I hope to develop an even deeper connection to my namesake and also encourage the world to pursue their own adventures. Amelia believed that, ‘adventure is worthwhile in itself’ and it is that type of attitude that spurs us to seek the unknown, push our limits and fly outside the lines.”
–Amelia Rose Earhart
Do you enjoy using authentic materials with your students? Share this real-life story with your English learners. You can also invite your learners to follow Amelia Rose Earhart’s travel story on social media networks using the hashtag #flywithamelia.
What is a namesake?
Why do you think there are so few female pilots in the world? (approx. 6%)
Do you think the mystery of Amelia Earhart (the 1st) will ever be solved?
Do you have any major goals that you hope to accomplish in your lifetime?
If you were going to create a foundation to create awareness about something, what would be your special cause?
Related in the ESL Library
We hope you will also try our low-level Mini Biographies lesson plan about the original Amelia Earhart. If you have used this lesson before, please print our redesigned version. You could use this lesson plan this week as Amelia Rose Earhart completes her flight, or wait until Amelia Mary Earhart’s birthday on July 24. Check out our full list of resources on Air and Space Travel in this handy collection.