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Summer 2: English - Biographies, Lesson 5, 10/7/20

Summer 2: English - Writing, Lesson 5, Biographies - Ernest Shackleton, 10/7/20

Instructions for Lesson 5, Biographies, 10/7/20

In today's lesson, you will answer a range of retrieval, vocabulary and inference questions about the model text: Biographies - Ernest Shackleton (a copy is attached so scroll down).


Part 1: Watch the video tutorial:

 

 


Part 2: Answer the questions about the model text:


Retrieval:
1) What two things is Earnest Shackleton known for?


Vocabulary:
2) Find and copy a phrase from the paragraph ‘Early Life’ that shows that Shackleton was a very good reader as a child.


Inference:
3) Why might someone describe Shackleton as being inspirational? Use the text to support your answer.


Retrieval:
4) What qualification did Shackleton get which meant he was able to command British ships anywhere in the world?
5) What record did Shackleton set on his second expedition?
6) Why was Shackleton knighted by King Edward VII?


Vocabulary:
7) Find and copy a word from the ‘Early career’ paragraph that shows that Shackelton was very determined.


Retrieval:
8) What date did the Trans-Antarctic Expedition start?
9) Which country did Shackleton spend a month in making final preparation for his trip to Antarctica?
10) What were Shackleton and his men forced to do when their ship became trapped in ice?


Vocabulary:
11) What does the word ‘astonishing’ tell the reader about the amount of time the ship spent at sea?


Inference:
12) How do you think Shackleton and his crew felt when their ship became trapped in ice? Use the text to fully explain your answer.


Retrieval:
13) How many people died during the two years they were stranded on Elephant Island?
14) Write down two facts about Earnest Shakleton’s death.


Vocabulary:
15) Why do you think the word ‘tragically’ has been used to describe Shackleton’s death?


Inference:
16) Do you think Shackleton’s life was successful or unsuccessful? Explain your opinion using evidence from the text.


Extension:

1) Write your own retrieval, vocabulary and inference question using the text.

2) Write a diary from Earnest Shackleton’s perspective at one point in his life.