200 Word Challenge
For this week’s 200 Word Challenge your job is to use a variety of sentence types in order to affect the pacing (how fast or slow the story moves).
Short, choppy sentences increase the pace.
Longer, more detailed sentences slow down the pace.
Using what you have learned about Ernest Shackleton, and his crew’s failed expedition to Antarctica write a recount of their dramatic journey.
Remember! This week we have been learning about chronological order. Make sure you get the sequence of events in the right order.
Begin your writing here: It all started in 1914, Ernest Shackleton and his crew went on a expedition to Antarctica, they set sail on a shipwreck called “The Endurance”. As they were aiming to reach Antarctica their ship became trapped in the Weddell Sea.
Unfortunately, in October 1915 they were forced to abandon their shipwreck and set up a camp on the ice. They embarked on a journey dragging their lifeboats across the ice. Months went by, and in April 1916 they reached Elephant Island, a remote place. Shackleton realized that they needed help, so he and a crew set out in James Caird, a lifeboat.
Navigating through stormy and icy conditions they had finally reached South Georgia Island in May 1916; however, their journey was not over yet. Shackleton and others had to rescue their stranded crewmates.
After a long 800-mile expedition Shackleton had successfully rescued all his crewmates from Elephant Island in August 1916. Luckily not a single life was lost, they did not reach their goal but at least they reached pretty far. When everyone heard about the story Ernest Shackleton immediately became a popular writer and speaker telling everyone his experiences. Their story of endurance, leadership, and survival has become legendary.