Stranded at Sea
Discover the astonishing true stories—that will make readers laugh, cry, and gasp—behind the headlines: The HMS Bounty, The Essex Wreck, Lusitania Off Guard, SS St. Louis, Boat People, Where’s Abby Sunderland?, and more.
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What is the author's purpose for including the Introduction at the beginning of this book?
The Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early morning of April 15, 1912. The Titanic collided with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton, UK to New York City, US. (This annotation contains an image)
Chapter 1: Mutiny on the High Seas
Create a sentence using the word replica correctly in context. Type your sentence below.
Did you know that you can look up any word in the text of the book or the text of the questions and answers? Just click (or press on mobile devices) the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release, a define option will appear. Since it's so easy to look up words, make sure you use this feature frequently... Is there a word on this page you need to look up?
Using information from the annotation, what is the capital of Pitcarin Island?
The Pitcairn Islands are a loosely grouped handful of tiny islands in the remote South Pacific. They are farther from any continent than any other inhabited island. Notice where Pitcairn Island is located in relation to the United States. (This annotation contains an image)
Chapter 2: The Wreck of the Essex
Look at the diagram of the whaleboat. What features of the boat make it fast and good for chasing whales? (This annotation contains an image)
Look at the chart. How does a sperm whale compare to a Balinville's beaked whale? (This annotation contains an image)
According to the annotation above, the sperm whale dives deeper than the ____________________.
Chapter 3: The Lusitania Caught Off Guard
Below is an image of the Lusitania. How do you know this is a passenger ship and not a battleship? (This annotation contains an image)
What is the most likely reason Germany sank the Lusitania?
Headings are a feature in nonfiction text. Read the poster below to find out why headings are an important feature of nonfiction text. (This annotation contains an image)
Why does the author title this section of text Bowler Bill?
When you infer, you take information from the text and make a guess about something. Watch the video to learn more about making inferences. (This annotation contains a video)
Based on the information in this sentence, what can you infer about Captain Turner?
Chapter 4: SS St. Louis Turned Away
Create a sentence using the word refugee correctly in context. Type your sentence below.
Why do you suppose people leave the United States? What historical event happens that would cause people to want to leave?
Which word BEST describes how the passengers on the SS St. Louis feel?
Captions: Read the poster to learn more about why captions are included in nonfiction texts. (This annotation contains an image)
Do you recall another incident in this book that involves mutiny? How are the incidences similar? How are they different?
Which country DOES NOT take any of the Jewish refugees?
Chapter 5: Boat People Stranded at Sea
How do the boat people most likely get their name?
What do you think about the facts in the highlighted text? Are you surprised? Many people think pirates are extinct and that they only exist in movies. However, pirates do still exist today. Today's pirates look more like the ones in the image below than Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean. (This annotation contains an image)
What does the word 'stranded' mean? What feeling do you get when you hear the word?
The boat people die from ____________.
Text-based evidence is evidence from the text you can use to support a thought or idea. Watch the video to learn more about text-based evidence and then answer the question below. (This annotation contains a video)
What is the role of the organization "Boat People SOS"? Cite textual evidence to support your answer.
Chapter 6: Abby Sunderland
What is the author's purpose for including the Key Terms at the beginning of each chapter?
Circumnavigate means to travel completely around something; to sail around the world. (This annotation contains an image)
Look at the image of Abby Sunderland's sailboat. How does the description in the text compare to the actual image? (This annotation contains an image)
Look at the image of Abby's route. Then, answer the question below. (This annotation contains an image)
Which piece of textual evidence proves the information in the annotation is TRUE?
Chapter 7: Somali Pirates
Which part of speech is warlord?
Based on the details in the text, what can you infer about pirates? Are all pirates bad?
This image shows Somali pirates guarding their waters. (This annotation contains an image)
What affect does toxic waste have on fishermen?
Chapter 8: Amanda Thorns
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts is an island located south of Cape Cod. (This annotation contains an image)
What does this detail suggest about Martha's Vineyard?
A Nor'easter is __________________.
Make Connections: How do you think Amanda feels? How would you feel if you were in her position?