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CLIP 9389

Re-tracing a Great Expedition

Re-tracing a Great Expedition
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Key Info
  • Re-tracing a Great Expedition
  • Duration: 02:40
  • David Grann talks about his fascination with Percy Fawcett's 1925 expedition in search of lost cities and civilisations in the Amazon jungle. Fawcett explored unmapped areas and took just two companions on his final expedition, from which he never returned. Grann reads passages from his book imagining the fate of the explorers, and then of his own experiences of travelling in the jungle. This clip was first published on the Culture Show Archive, bbc.co.uk/cultureshow/archive.shtml. Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:

    English

       Topic:

    Writing: Non-Fiction

  • Keywords: Eldorado, explorer, discovery, geography, rainforest, jungle, mystery, history
Ideas for use in class
  • Introduction to original writing with the students being asked to write from Fawcett's point of view during the failed expedition.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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