“I need a vacation, why not take a trip around the world?” -Nellie Bly, Around the World in 72 Days
Have you ever wanted to become one of your favorite FICTIONAL (imaginary or invented) characters? Or travel to new and exciting places? Nearly 130 years ago, Elizabeth Jane Cochrane, a young NEWSPAPER reporter who wrote under the pen name (an ASSUMED name used by a writer instead of their real name) NELLIE BLY, set out to recreate the epic (heroic or grand in scale or character) adventures of PHILEAS FOGG, the PROTAGONIST (main character) from Jules Verne’s book, Around the World in 80 Days.
Spell: PROTAGONIST Spell: ASSUMED Spell: FICTIONAL
ELIZABETH JANE COCHRANE’s profession was a _________ reporter. NEWSPAPER
What was Elizabeth’s pen name? NELLIE BLY
According to the lesson, a protagonist is the _______ _______ of a book: MAIN CHARACTER
What is the name of the protagonist from the book, Around The World in 80 Days? PHILEAS FOGG
What did ELIZABETH JANE COCHRANE set out to do nearly 130 years ago? RECREATE THE ADVENTURES OF PHILEAS FOGG, GO AROUND THE WORLD, IMITATE THE PROTAGONIST FROM JULES VERNE’S BOOK, ETC.
Can you think of another book about an epic journey? (E.G., THE HOBBIT, THE GOLDEN COMPASS, THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, ETC.)
If you could choose your own pen name, what would it be? (E.G., FLUFFY NOODLEPUMPER)
If we are currently in the year 2020, and Elizabeth’s trip was approximately 130 years ago, what year would you estimate Elizabeth took her trip? 2020 – 130 = 1890
As if 80 days wasn’t enough of a challenge—remember, air travel didn’t exist yet!—Elizabeth PITCHED (proposed an idea) to her editor, John Cockerill of the NEW YORK WORLD, a story in which she would complete the same ‘round-the-world trip as Phileas in just 75 days. Her idea was initially met with SKEPTICISM (doubt), and it took nearly one year for the newspaper HIGHER-UPS (senior people of an organization) to support her, but the DETERMINED (set on doing a particular thing) reporter finally got the go-ahead after she suggested she could take her story to a RIVAL (competing) newspaper.
Spell: PITCHED Spell: DETERMINED Spell: RIVAL
What was the name of the newspaper where Elizabeth worked? NEW YORK WORLD
According to the lesson, a word that would mean “to express doubt for an idea” is: SKEPTICISM
How did Elizabeth finally get her story approved? SHE PITCHED IT TO HER EDITOR, SHE WAS DETERMINED, SHE SUGGESTED SHE COULD TAKE HER STORY TO A RIVAL NEWSPAPER, ETC.
Can you think of something (like air travel) that did not exist 130 years ago? (E.G., COMPUTER, MOBILE PHONE, INTERNET, SPACESHIPS, LASER SURGERY, ETC.)
How many years did it take for the newspaper higher-ups to approve Elizabeth’s story idea? (Nearly) 1 YEAR
Elizabeth proposed she could travel around the world in 75 days. This is how many days less than the fictional character Phileas Fogg? 80 – 75 = 5 DAYS LESS
Why do you think the higher-ups were skeptical of Elizabeth’s idea? (E.G., SHE WAS FEMALE, HORSES CAN’T CROSS OCEANS, ETC.)
On November 14, 1889, in HOBOKEN, New Jersey, Elizabeth Cochrane boarded the STEAMSHIP, AUGUSTA VICTORIA, and headed for her first stop: LONDON. With her, she took a small 16” X 7” piece of luggage, which included a few changes of underwear, TOILETRIES (personal hygiene items, like soap), writing supplies, a sleeping gown, a blazer, a cup, two caps, a pair of slippers, needles, and thread, and some HANDKERCHIEFS.
Spell: TOILETRIES Spell: HANDKERCHIEFS Spell: STEAMSHIP
What is the name of the steamship Elizabeth boarded to start her journey? AUGUSTA VICTORIA
What was the steamship’s destination? LONDON
Name one or more items Elizabeth brought with her on her trip: A FEW CHANGES OF UNDERWEAR, TOILETRIES, WRITING SUPPLIES, A SLEEPING GOWN, A BLAZER, A CUP, 2 CAPS, 3 VEILS, A PAIR OF SLIPPERS, NEEDLES, AND THREAD, SOME HANDKERCHIEFS
Can you name another type of boat? (E.G., SPEED BOAT, CRUISE SHIP, TANKER, ETC.)
What year did Elizabeth Cochrane finally begin her trip around the world? 1989
What were the dimensions (size) of Elizabeth’s luggage? Fill in the blanks: 16 inches by 17 inches
What are some things you would pack if you were going on a long trip? (E.G., PANTS, A BOOK, MY PET CHINCHILLA, ETC.)
The VOYAGE (a long journey by sea) from Hoboken to London lasted seven days. When she arrived at her DESTINATION, Elizabeth, who was now FAMOUSLY known by her pen name Nellie Bly, was invited to PARIS by the author who had inspired her story: JULES VERNE himself! During their visit in his AMIENS, FRANCE home, Verne told Bly, “If you do [the trip] in seventy-nine days, I shall applaud with both hands.”
Spell: VOYAGE Spell: DESTINATION Spell: FAMOUSLY
Who was the author that inspired Nellie Bly’s story idea? JULES VERNE
Where was Nellie Bly invited after arriving in London? PARIS, AMIENS FRANCE, JULES VERNE’S HOUSE
How many days was the voyage from Hoboken to London? 7 DAYS
Jules Verne told Nellie Bly he would applaud her for completing the trip in how many days? 79 DAYS
Name another famous voyage: (E.G., CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS’ JOURNEY TO AMERICA)
Name another author who uses a pen name: (E.G., LEMONY SNICKET, DR. SEUSS, MARK TWAIN)
Describe someone or something that has inspired you: (E.G., A BOOK, MY MOM, BBC NEWS, ETC.)
On the map pictured below, point to a place where Nellie Bly traveled. ANY OF THE NUMBERED LOCATIONS ARE ACCEPTABLE ANSWERS
Point to a place on the map where YOU would like to travel, then
spell that location on the board. ANY LOCATION, INCLUDING WATER/OCEANS, IS AN ACCEPTABLE ANSWER
As she made her way through EUROPE to EGYPT and across the vast (very great in size) continent of Asia, our HEROINE (a woman admired or idealized for her courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities) Nellie Bly was not just racing against her own TIMETABLE; she was in an actual race (with someone other than Phileas Fogg). Throughout her entire trip, she had been unknowingly competing with ELIZABETH ISLAND, a reporter that had been tasked by COSMOPOLITAN magazine to beat her around the world!
Spell: EUROPE Spell: TIMETABLE Spell: EGYPT
According to the text, a word that means “a woman admired or idealized for her courage” is a: HEROINE
What is the name of the reporter Nellie Bly was unknowingly racing? ELIZABETH BISLAND
What magazine tasked Elizabeth Bisland with racing Nellie Bly? COSMOPOLITAN
Name one place Elizabeth (AKA Nellie Bly) traveled while writing her story for New York World: EUROPE, EGYPT, ASIA, FRANCE
Asia is one of the Earth’s seven continents. Can you name one of the remaining six? EUROPE, NORTH AMERICA, SOUTH AMERICA, AFRICA, ANTARCTICA, AUSTRALIA
Choose one word to describe what you think about Cosmopolitan sending Elizabeth Bisland to race Nellie Bly without her knowledge: (E.G., SNEAKY, MEAN, GREEDY, SMART, CAPITALISTIC, ETC.)
Not only did Nellie Bly circle the globe in less than 79 days, but she also beat her own personal goal (and rival reporter Elizabeth Bisland’s). She ACCOMPLISHED her GLOBAL round-trip (a journey to one or more places and back again) in just 72 days, 6 hours, and 11 minutes, setting a world record that made her not just the first woman but the first person to ever travel around the world. Jules Verne must have been APPLAUDING (along with the many SUPPORTERS who met her with CHEERS in New Jersey), all the way from France, with both hands.
Spell: ACCOMPLISHED Spell: GLOBAL Spell: APPLAUDING
When she arrived in New Jersey, Nellie Bly was greeted with cheers from many________. SUPPORTERS
What is another way to say a person traveled “around the world”? CIRCLED THE GLOBE, GLOBAL ROUND-TRIP, ETC.
How many days did it take for Nellie Bly to travel around the world? 72 DAYS
Nellie Bly’s travel time was recorded down to the minute. Complete the blanks for her exact recorded time: 72 days, 6 hours, and 11 minutes
In how many days less than her original goal did Nellie Bly complete her trip? 75 – 72 = 3 DAYS
And in how many days less than the fictional character Phileas Fogg? 80 – 72 = 8 DAYS LESS
Describe another type of world record: (E.G., LARGEST GUMBALL, TALLEST MAN ALIVE, LONGEST TIME SPENT AWAKE, ETC.)
If you could take a trip to any place, real or imagined, where would you go? Describe your itinerary (travel plans) and if you would need to implement (use) any special methods of getting to your destination.
Describe an invention you would create to make a trip around the world in not 72 days or 72 hours but 72 minutes.
Image Credits (In Order of Appearance):
The Daring Nelly Bly, America’s Star Reporter, written and illustrated by Bonnie Christensen