This unit focuses on the events surrounding the Titanic sinking. The Titanic remains on of the great disasters of modern times. The event has been popularized in movies and many aspects of the disaster remain a mystery. The topic captures the students' interest throughout the lessons as they are able to connect with many of the stories of the people aboard the ship. The lessons also require students to make use of critical thinking, questioning, statistics, and technology as they work together to answer the essential questions.
The unit guides students to answer these essential questions
1) What information about icebergs and ocean navigation would have been helpful to the ship’s captain?
2) Was the rule “women and children first” followed when loading the lifeboats?
3) What could have been changed in the ship’s design to minimize the loss of life?
4) What have we learned from this disaster that has changed laws or attitudes?
This topic could also be used with students in grades 6-8.
The unit is completed online using the Internet and involves research, Google Earth, spreadsheet program, database searches and analysis.
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