Students are required to understand how a small part of the story affects the overall outcome. They also need to critically think about a story and determine how changes to certain factors would affect the outcome. Through this lesson, students will master these skills.
In Piece by Piece: A Titanic Analysis, students examine the individual factors that led to the sinking of the Titanic. They write the result of the factor and come up with a way that the story would change if that individual factor were different. This lesson is designed for the interactive notebook (and sized perfectly for a composition notebook). However, I have provided this lesson in various formats to suit your needs and differentiate your instruction.
Here's what's included in the lesson:
*A writing frame in which students fill in the blank spaces with words and phrases to solidify their knowledge of the standard
(This option provides the maximum amount of teacher support in order to help struggling students.)
*A chart that students fill in as they explain the factor, the result, and how the outcome could be different
(This option has been differentiated further in order to help struggling students.)
*A piece by piece analysis designed for the interactive notebook
*VIDEO INSTRUCTIONS (7:09) on how to complete the piece-by-piece assignment so that you don't have to continually repeat yourself (This also works well if students were absent on the day that you started working on the assignment and missed the instruction.)
*Written, step-by-step instructions for student to view as they complete the piece by piece analysis
*Answer keys and a grading rubric
The factors affecting the sinking of the Titanic that are included in this lesson are the:
*wireless operators aboard the Titanic
*speed of the ship
*wireless operator aboard the Californian
*number of lifeboats
This lesson is part of my comprehensive unit on the Titanic: The Titanic: A Comprehensive Unit
The lesson is designed to be used after taking students on a video field trip and having them read about the Titanic. However, this lesson can be a stand alone lesson used as part of a research project for students.
The video field trip lesson and the lesson that corresponds with the reading of Exploring the Titanic are part of my comprehensive unit. The components are also posted individually. You can find them here:
The Titanic: A Video Field Trip
(This is a FREE lesson!)
Using The Titanic to Teach Chronological Text Structure
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