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Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World Student Worksheet Packet


This is a 61-page, Common Core aligned, student worksheet packet and study guide for Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and the Endurance by Jennifer Armstrong. The packet is divided by chapter. Sections cover vocabulary, chapter questions, figurative language, and discussion questions.

A Google Slides digital version is included, as well as more than 60 pages of supplemental materials and the answer key.


This is a 61-page, Common Core aligned student workbook for Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World by Jennifer Armstrong. Also includes an additional 60 pages of supplementary material including a vocabulary list, vocabulary bookmarks, interactive bulletin board materials, teaching notes and learning extensions, graphic organizers, activities, and an anticipation guide! ALL ANSWER KEYS ARE INCLUDED.

The worksheet packet is divided into 19 sections (by chapter, including the epilogue). Most sections include vocabulary, chapter questions, and discussion questions. Writing prompts are also included. Other topics covered include figurative language, foreshadowing, and creating a timeline of events.

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Included in this Nonfiction Book Study Guide for Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World:

Introductory and Informational Materials:

  • Interactive Bulletin Board featuring the crew of the Endurance
  • Voyage Map
  • Teaching Notes
  • List of websites to extend learning, including some videos on YouTube of the PBS show about Shackleton
  • CCSS Checklists for grades 6 – 8

Vocabulary Building Materials:

  • Vocabulary Master List (digital option)
  • “Mark My Words” Student Vocabulary Bookmark

Student Packet (divided by chapters) (digital option) featuring:

  • Anticipation Guide
  • Vocabulary
  • Chapter Questions
  • Focused Instruction on Key Literary Elements
  • Discussion Questions
  • Student Activities
  • Writing Prompts

Skill Building Activities and Worksheets:

  • Writer’s Notebook Questions
  • Media Format Compare and Contrast
  • Link to Current Events – Chilean Mine Rescue – Have students read about their situation and compare it to Shackleton’s
  • Explore Text Structures Graphic Organizer Set (digital option)
  • Compare and Contrast Fiction and Nonfiction Texts – suggested fictional short story with similar situation/theme for students to read/compare text features, theme development, etc.
  • Determining Central Ideas or Themes

Activities Included in this Book Study:

  • Team Building Activity – a task for students to accomplish by communicating nonverbally
  • Survival Activity – – students choose things to discard or to take with them that will help them survive
  • Make a Sextant Activity – students can make a sextant and figure out their latitude

Common Core Standards utilized with this unit:

  • R.I. 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5, 6.6, 6.10
  • R.I. 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, 7.5, 7.6, 7.10
  • R.I. 8.1, 8.2, 8.3, 8.4, 8.5, 8.6, 8.10
  • L 8.4, 7.4, 6.4
  • L 8.5, 7.5, 6.5
  • L 8.6, 7.6, 6.6

Skills addressed in this book study guide include:

  • inferences
  • theme
  • figurative language (recognizing and explaining)
  • vocabulary in context
  • summarizing
  • foreshadowing
  • synonyms and antonyms
  • tone
  • identifying action verbs
  • interpreting feelings of characters w/ support text
  • compare and contrast
  • sequencing of events
  • Greek and Latin roots
  • identifying parts of speech
  • identifying protagonist/antagonist

Curriculum tie-ins:

  • Antarctica
  • explorers
  • survival
  • winter
  • 20th century history
  • teamwork


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This complete nonfiction book study has a student worksheet packet, supplemental activities and crossword puzzle, a vocabulary quiz, this comprehensive quiz, final exam with Part A, Part B questions, dice game, and more. IF YOU PURCHASE THE BOOK STUDY, ALL THE QUIZZES AND FINAL EXAM ARE INCLUDED IN IT.


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