Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Titanic: Tragedy on the Atlantic

   "I remember when that happened," remarked my grandmother. In 1986, she read a newspaper article about the wreck of the Titanic that was found under the Atlantic. "It was all over the papers,then too!" she recalled. The story of the Titanic is a fascinating account of a ship once known as "unsinkable". 

   Should an accident happen, the ship's captain and builders held the belief that the Titanic would take a very long time to sink. Although the ship did not carry enough lifeboats, there would be plenty of time to have passengers transported to a rescue ship. During the Titanic's first voyage, Captain Smith was given travel warnings about ice difficulties ahead. However, the ship was ordered to go at its usual speed. Although a glacier was spied, there was not enough time for the crew to turn the ship to completely avoid it. The Titanic then hit the large glacier. At first, the passengers were not alarmed as the ship seemed to be saying afloat. However, the ship finally capsized and many people were lost in the cold, icy waters. In the morning, Captain Arthur Rostron of the Cunarder Carpathia came to rescue the survivors.

    This classic survival tale is very interesting to most students. I've found some interesting tools for the classroom that instructors might use to encourage informational text learning.

Karin Leitner plays "Titanic" at the Vienna Filmball

The Titanic: Shifting Responses to Its Sinking

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, Elementary School Teacher's Guide, Classroom Lesson Plans and Field Trip Activities

Titanic Ticket

The Sinking of the Titanic

Ballard, R.D, Archbold, R. (n.d). Lost liners. Retrieved from

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