by Jules Verne
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The 1972 Andes Flight Disaster
- CommonLit Staff
In 1972, a plane carrying a Uruguayan rugby team crashed in the remote Andes mountains, forcing the young men to resort to dire measures to survive. Instead of resigning to starvation (and perhaps, listening to their superego), they chose to engage in cannibalism.Pair “The 1972 Andes Flight Disaster” with “Excerpt from Five Weeks in a Balloon” and ask students to compare Verne’s fantasy of adventure and survival with the reality faced by the plane crash victims. Why do people fantasize about experiencing dangerous adventures? Do you think you would be able to survive in an extreme survival situation? Why or why not?
- Robert Louis Stevenson
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer. In this poem, the narrator speaks of his wish to travel the world, one day, when he is “a man.”Pair “Travel” with “Excerpt from Five Weeks in a Balloon” and ask students to discuss the desires of the characters from both texts to explore the world. Where does the speaker in “Travel” want go and why? What intrigues the characters in Five Weeks in a Balloon on their journey? If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?