One hundred years ago the Halifax Harbour was rocked by a massive man made explosion like nothing the world had seen to that point. This resource tells the story of that horrific event linked to WWI.
The Halifax Explosion (1917) includes three reading texts (Parts 1-3) written at two levels for a total of six text pages. Please note that the second, higher level passages do NOT have the four vocabulary words underlined. It is hoped that classroom teachers will be able to use the differentiated texts to suit their teaching environment. The passages contain almost identical information and include the same vocabulary words. There is one student worksheet for each of the passages (i.e. the worksheets are not differentiated) and one writing/research activity for students to complete.
The passages cover the Explosion in chronological order: Part 1 supplies background information on Halifax in 1917 (including the city’s role as a supply port in the war overseas), Part 2 looks at the explosion itself and Part 3 deals with the aftermath.
Each worksheet includes comprehension questions, vocabulary work, and an opinion question. An answer key is supplied for the worksheets.