U.S. Air Force Captain Scott O'Grady was shot down in his F-16 over Bosnia while helping to keep the peace. The plane exploded, and Captain O'Grady fell 5 miles to the ground below. In exciting detail, Captain O'Grady tells how he evaded capture and how, with little water and no food, he was able to survive on his own in enemy territory.
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John Gillespie Magee, Jr. was an American aviator and poet who died as a result of a mid-air collision over Lincolnshire during World War II. "High Flight" is his most famous poem. President Ronald Reagan cited this poem when he addressed the nation after the Challenger disaster. Below is a video of his address. (This annotation contains a video)
This book is a memoir of Scott O'Grady's experience of having his plane shot down. Below is a short video of Scott O'Grady introducing himself at a speaking engagement. (This annotation contains a video)
What is the main purpose of these paragraphs?
Below is an example of the gear one may have to wear on a mission. (This annotation contains an image)
Overall, O'Grady is emphasizing Wilbur's ___________ personality.
Below is a video of an F-16 taking off. (This annotation contains a video)
The highlighted sentence contains an example of
Below is a video about using textual evidence. Watch the video as you will be asked to use textual evidence on your next question. (This annotation contains a video)
Below is one example of a SAM. (This annotation contains an image)
How does this moment create tension for the reader? Use textual evidence to support your answer.
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Why does O'Grady provide this backstory about his life?
In these paragraphs the reader learns about O'Grady's
Below is an image of the Arizona campus. (This annotation contains an image)
Below is an image of the Bosanski Petrovac. (This annotation contains an image)
What is the greatest risk O'Grady has with sending a distress signal?
Watch the video below about setting. Consider how important the setting is at this moment. (This annotation contains a video)
How is the setting significant at this moment in the book? Provide textual evidence to support your answer.
The phrase "you could hear the sound halfway to China" is an example of a hyperbole. Watch the video below about hyperbole to better understand. (This annotation contains a video)
Use the Define feature and look up the definition of insignia. Based off of the definition of insignia, which word is the best synonym?
How does the video of Dr. Kushner and O'Grady's details about Lance Sijan contribute to his book's story of survival?
Watch the video below where a former Vietnam prisoner, Dr. Kushner, provides details of his experience in Vietnam. (This annotation contains a video)
Below is an image of the Juvats' symbol. (This annotation contains an image)
What is the purpose of this sentence?
This statement is an example of
This moment is a good example of the structure. O'Grady takes us to his mother so that the reader knows how she is dealing with this crisis.
Follow the link below to read a short article about scientists encouraging people to eat insects. (This annotation contains a link)
Referring to both O'Grady's account and the article in the Telegraph, how valid are the reasons for eating insects?
Below is a map of Bosnia. It is 51,129 square km, which is slightly smaller than West Virginia. This gives you an idea of how much territory the search and rescue pilots have to cover. (This annotation contains an image)
What does this chapter mainly accomplish?
Recall back to the U.S. Military Code of Conduct at the beginning of the book. Even in times of crisis, O'Grady adheres to these expectations. One of his intents with writing this book is to explain how important honor and responsibility is for the military.
What is O'Grady's tone at this moment?
Below is an example of a Cobra chopper. (This annotation contains an image)
The fact that O'Grady had wanted to throw away the hat but now is using it is an example of
Below is an image of a Super Stallion. (This annotation contains an image)
Follow the link below to read a New York Times article about O'Grady's rescue. (This annotation contains a link)
How is O'Grady's perspective of the rescue and the article in the New York Times similar and different?
Friendship and bonding is a central idea in this book. The desire to survive and rely on each other creates strong bonds between the soldiers.
Above all else, O'Grady returns his focus to his
Below is an image of the desk that O'Grady is describing. In this image President Kennedy is signing the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. (This annotation contains an image)
What is one of O'Grady's main arguments here?