Stranded on a Desert Island You find yourself on a deserted island, in the middle of nowhere, stuck and alone in the tropical heat. Maybe you were navigating the arctic, where the water is ice filled and the temperatures are well below zero. Perhaps you are victim of a plane crash and you wash ashore, or you went sailing and your boat got tossed up on shore, leaving you with no escape. Maybe you were marooned here as punishment for crimes at sea. Whatever the case, you are on this island, alone, and you must survive.
In this essay you need to detail some key and essential facts about your stay on this island. Introduce the scenario: how did you end up here? Then provide information about some of your survival techniques, and the tools you have and need to survive. What items do you have, how did you get them, and what are they used for; how are they beneficial to your survival? Finally, you will conclude your essay, restating briefly some of the information you detailed, and hypothesizing what you feel your chance of survival in this situation would be.
GOOD INFORMATION TO KNOW AND RESEARCH:
Tropical Settings – temperature throughout the year, weather patterns, wildlife. Use internet research and/or Google Earth so you can select a location and give some accurate details. Survival on a subarctic island near Antarctica will be much different from survival in a tropical location like Indonesia or Samoa.
Survival Items – plan out what items you are going to discuss in your essay and look up how they are used, how you would get them or make them in this situation, and their potential cost.
Cast Away – Movie rated PG-13, starring Tom Hanks about a man stranded alone on an island.
Survivor Man – Series about a man who endures different survivor situations
Island of the Blue Dolphins – Book about a girl who is abandoned on an island and her attempt to make a life for herself there.
Lord of the Flies – Book about a group of boys stranded on an island after a plane crash.
Peak – Book about a boy climbing Mount Everest. Some great description and detail on tool and items necessary for surviving.
Hatchet – Book about a man lost in the woods.
The Cay – Book and Movie
Lost – Series especially season 1, rated TV14, about a group of people plane crashed on a strange and mysterious island.
To Build a Fire – Short Story about a man in the artic north who is trying to build a fire after falling into water.
Jack London or Gary Paulsen – Authors many stories about survival situations.