Left for Dead

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Curriculet Details
42 Questions
43 Annotations
3 Quizzes

In this 9th and 10th grade digital curriculum, annotations include links to footage from WWII and primary source accounts of the events referenced in the book, images of the setting, and explanations of literary devices such as foreshadowing and using text-based evidence to make inferences. Interactive videos support engagement and cover subjects such as foreshadowing and historical context. The Common Core aligned questions and answers address author claims and narration, along with the themes of forgiveness, responsibility and survival. Our free online unit will increase student engagement with rich media annotations while supporting reading comprehension with questions and quizzes that are imbedded directly into the book.

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Preface

The author of the preface is Hunter Scott. Scott began investigating the sinking of the USS Indianapolis for a history fair project at the age of eleven. His efforts led to a significant change in the way the navy and the US government saw the attacks. The image below is of Hunter Scott.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter One

To understand this book, it will be important that you have some background on World War II. The short video below gives a quick background on the reasons why the war started and how the United States became involved.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Smith joins the navy right before he enters 
The imagery in this passage is particularly poignant and descriptive. Watch the short video below to learn more about how author's use imagery to engage readers in a text.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter Two

The image below shows the Purple Heart medal that is awarded to service members who are injured in battle.  (This annotation contains an image)
Adolf Hitler was born in Austria and rose to power in Germany. He is known for his horrific policies towards Jewish people and his creation of the Nazi party in Germany. The image below is a photograph of Hitler.  (This annotation contains an image)
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In this story, the Indianapolis is a(n)  
Here is a clip of the scene from Jaws that is discussed in this passage.  (This annotation contains a video)
The image below shows a tiger shark.  (This annotation contains an image)
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The men were stranded on the open water for ______ days. 
Guam is an island located in the Pacific Ocean. See the map below for the exact location.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Why does Bell claim that the men on the Indianapolis were proud? 
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Hunter's project centers around the question regarding McVay's  

Chapter Three

To learn more about this and other events of World War I, watch this brief video on the history of World War I.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Japan had a(n) _____________ policy during World War II. 
The footage below shows the aftermath of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. The footage is very unique because it was shot in color.  (This annotation contains a video)
The image below shows the USS Indianapolis.  (This annotation contains an image)
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During the attack on Pearl Harbor, the USS Indianapolis was 
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After watching the video of Franklin D. Roosevelt's speech to America following the attack on Pearl Harbor, explain why this attack led to such a strong reaction from the United States. 
Watch President Franklin D. Roosevelt's address to the nation after Pearl Harbor to learn more about America's response to the events that brought America into WWII.  (This annotation contains a video)
The phrase "suicidal madmen falling out of the sky," refers to kamikazi pilots who drove their planes into docked ships to create damage on the ships. The image below is a photograph that shows a group of kamikazi pilots posing for a photo in their pilot uniforms.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Some sailors on the USS Indianapolis felt like the ship 
The highlighted passage is an example of foreshadowing. Watch the brief video below to learn about this literary device.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter Four

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Use the Define feature to look up the word typhoon. Then, find a synonym for the word typhoon from the list of words below.  
The video below is a newsreel that played before a movie during World War II. Think about the impact watching something like this would have on people during this time. Consider the fact that people did not have cable television and the only time they would see footage like this would be in the movie theaters.  (This annotation contains a video)
The image below is a portrait of Captain McVay.  (This annotation contains an image)
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The dialogue in this section acts as  
Quiz #1 

Chapter Five

Look at the chart below to see how the unit of measurement called a "knot" compares to miles per hour.  (This annotation contains an image)
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The highlighted text is  
The image below shows a Japanese submarine from World War II. (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter Six

Watch this newsreel footage from World War II that shows a United States submarine attacking a Japanese ship. The technology for submarines was similar and the footage will give you a good sense of what the attack that the Indianapolis experienced looked like.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Use the Define feature to look up the word displaced. Then, pick a synonym for displaced from the options below. 
The brig is a part of the ship where prisoners were kept. If a sailor was being punished for something, they would be sent to the brig.  
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The tone of this passage is  
The image below shows a motorized whaleboat that is similar to the one described in this passage.  (This annotation contains an image)
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This passage is written in the point of view of  

Chapter Seven

The author starts each chapter with an excerpt from a pivotal text. This excerpt is from the famous novel "Moby Dick." The novel contains the story of a captain in search of a white whale who will stop at nothing to capture the whale. 
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"Heard the scream" implies that 
The image below shows a .45 automatic. When the author says the gun "seized" it means that it either jammed or completely stopped working.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Use the Define feature to look up the word retching. Then find a synonym for the word retching from the list below. 
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How did many of the men in the water die? 
The image below shows a whitetip shark. Think about your reaction to seeing a shark like this below the surface of the water.  (This annotation contains an image)
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The evidence in this passage suggests that the men are  
Take a moment to visit the link below and read several first hand accounts of what it was like on the seas that day. How do these accounts compare to the accounts made by the author of the book?  (This annotation contains a link)

Chapter Eight

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Marks decides to ___________ orders in order to save the men at sea. 
The image below shows a B-17 from World War II.  (This annotation contains an image)
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How long did McCoy and Brundige wait in the ocean to be rescued? 
The image below shows the USS Ringness in 1945.  (This annotation contains an image)
Quiz #2 
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How many men ultimately survived from the USS Indianapolis? 

Chapter Nine

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According to the details listed so far in this passage, Captain McVay 
The map below shows the route that the USS Indianapolis took during the fateful voyage.  (This annotation contains an image)
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The author claims that an army air force pilot saw star shells, tracers, and gunfire and concluded that 
The image below shows survivors of the USS Indianapolis being boarded onto ambulances. How do you think they felt about the fact that the sinking of the ship took up very little of the nation's attention?  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter Ten

Watch the video in the link below to learn how Captain McVay's crew mates worked to clear his name after he was court-martialed.  (This annotation contains a link)
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The fact that nineteen of the men were unable to walk on their own accord two months after the sinking indicates that 
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Use the Define feature to look up the word anachronism. Then find a synonym for the word anachronism from the list below. 
This is an image of President Roosevelt. Roosevelt was president during World War II.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Why do you think the court had no interest in hearing evidence about negligence prior to the sinking? 
The photograph below shows a bugler standing on a ship like the one described in this passage.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Hashimoto is 
Learn more about Harlan Twible's first hand experience and see photos of Twible days after he arrived home after surviving the attack by visiting the link below.  (This annotation contains a link)
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How does reading Harlan Twible's firsthand account add to his description of the events in the novel? 
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Use the Define feature to look up the word remitted. Then, find a synonym for the word remitted below. 

Chapter Eleven

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The example in the highlighted passage describes  
To learn more about post- traumatic stress disorder, watch the video below.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Why didn't Harlan Twible want to talk about the sinking of the Indianapolis? 
Watch the video below to learn more about the Korean conflict that is mentioned in the text here. (This annotation contains a video)
The map below shows the location of Indianapolis, Indiana.  (This annotation contains an image)
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The evidence suggests that McCoy is still struggling with  
The image below shows protesters in New York City who are protesting the war in Vietnam.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Why did McVay commit suicide? 

Chapter Twelve

The photograph below shows Mochitsura Hashimoto.  (This annotation contains an image)
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How did the NBC news segment impact the story of the USS Indianapolis? 
To learn more about Hunter Scott, visit the website below. He is now a Navy helicopter pilot.  (This annotation contains a link)
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Hashimoto claimed that 
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Use the Define feature to look up the  word hoaxes. Then, pick a synonym for the word hoaxes from the list below. 

Chapter Thirteen

Visit the website below to learn more about the events that took place during the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing described in this chapter.  (This annotation contains a link)
The photograph below was taken of survivors of the USS Indianapolis.  (This annotation contains an image)
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The survivors believed that Captain McVay was  
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Hunter's account differs from the official navy account of the night of the sinking in which of the following ways? 
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Admiral Pilling is ____________ the navy's original decision. 
Pay attention to the evidence in the text to answer the following questions regarding the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. Watch the short video below to learn more about using text-based evidence to draw conclusions and make inferences.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Smith concludes that the court-martial of McVay 

Chapter Fourteen

To learn more about the terrorist attack on the USS Cole, watch the short video below.  (This annotation contains a video)
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The author argues that the way the navy handled the aftermath of the bombing of the USS Cole was a result of  
Quiz #3