Contributor: Sam Collins
Contributor: Sam Collins
In 1953, Jacqueline Auriol, a French pilot, is about to go down in history along with her jet aircraft. In this video, she becomes the first European woman to break the sound barrier in a plane.
Teaching Ideas and Resources:
- Stop the video at 0:10. Ask the children to predict what the video is going to be about.
- Ask the children to write some dialogue, for example, between Jacqueline and the mechanic from 0:42 and 1:04.
- Watch the section from 0:13 – 0:27, and ask the children to write a detailed description of it.
- Use the repetitive structure of the narration (for example, from 4:28 to 4:38) as a model to write a description of something else.
- Watch the section from 2:54 – 3:32 and collect vocabulary that could be used to describe it.
- Ask the children to record the structure of the story as it shifts from older Jacqueline to the event in the plane.
- Watch from 3:53 – 4:17 and discuss how Jacqueline’s feelings are shown by her physical movements and reactions,
- Write a newspaper report about the flight.
- Invent some alternative titles for the film.
- Write a diary entry about the event from the point of view of Jacqueline or another member of the team.
- Jacqueline’s plane broke the sound barrier and went supersonic – collect other words with the prefix “super” and discuss their meanings.
- Try making a paper plane.
- Make a cloud in a jar (close supervision required).
- Learn about the speed of sound through air and water in this short video.
- Use Scratch to create a flying game.
- Create a short animation of a flying object, like a plane.
- Design a flying suit. What features would you incorporate, and why?
- Make a list of the safety features, such as the helmet, that you see in the video.
- Jacqueline Auriol was a test pilot. Discuss why testing is important and how you know a test is useful or accurate. This BBC video is a great conversation starter.
- Among her many achievements, Jacqueline Auriol was a test pilot for Concorde. Watch this video that celebrates Concorde and have a discussion about how it is different from other aeroplanes.
- Freeze the video and ask the children to sketch what they see on the screen.
- Ask the children to draw what Jacqueline Auriol could see while she was flying.
- Create a soundtrack for a section of the film.
- Listen to the music from 2:57 – 3:14. What effect does it have on the viewer? How is that effect achieved?
- Research the life of Jacqueline Auriot. This Kiddle page is a good starting point.
- Watch the closing credits carefully, from 6:08. What evidence and documents from Auriol’s life have been used? What do they tell us about her?
- Find out about other famous female pilots, such as Amy Johnson and Amelia Earhart. Make a virtual visit to the Smithsonian’s Women in Aviation exhibition.
- Learn some French vocabulary about planes.
- Listen carefully to the narration and look at the subtitles. Can you hear any words that are similar in English and French?
- Jacqueline Auriol worked in a team; when have you worked in a team to accomplish something you could not do on your own?