Students will be completely engaged in this reading, writing, and vocabulary Common Core aligned ELA unit about the Titanic. All papers needed by the students for this unit are included. Some items are a thought-provoking anticipatory guide, a vocabulary list and complete interactive activities for all words, a generic word map form, and centers designed for extending student learning. There are high interest internet research opportunities, an easy experiment, a gradable word activity, and many graphic organizers. Students will work individually, with partners, and with a group on higher order thinking activities designed for comprehension of informational texts, writing skills, and vocabulary acquisition. They will be encouraged to personally reflect and to formulate and support opinions on topics such as heroism and what should be done now with the Titanic. At the end of the actual unit is a page of general directions and a list of the Common Core Standards that are aligned to this unit.