Flight Matrix Teaching Ideas

The manageable size of the Flight text set suggests the development of a matrix which can then be used for comparison and contrast discussions and writing activities.

  • Brainstorm headings for categories such as feats or firsts, background/training, personality traits, motivation, obstacles overcome and dates.
  • Each student can choose to read a book at his/her level and then contribute information to the matrix.
  • After completing the information on the matrix, students can brainstorm a list of comparisons that they could write about: men aviators vs. women, Lindbergh and Earhart on trans-Atlantic flights, the Wright Brothers and Bleriot as inventors, and so forth.
  • Since summarizing and generalizing are desirable and sometimes difficult skills to teach, students can use the information from several sources to summarize information about one person or a group. Or they can use the chart to find something that people have in common to make a general statement.
Barry Moser's book Fly! includes a timeline. Students can add any missing aviators or astronauts.

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