A Titanic junkie. Long before the movie came out, I was fascinated by the entire story and all the lore surrounding that fateful sailing journey. What I’ve found fascinating over the years is how many students, few of whom have even seen that Leonardo and Kate blockbuster, are interested in the story as well. It seems that whenever I make a comment about the Titanic, a student in every class has a comment or question or is curious–and tapping into that curiosity makes learning so much more meaningful.
April 10th-14th each year is the perfect time to build that interest by observing the anniversary of the Titanic’s sailing and sinking. There are thorough, excellent websites featuring authentic documents, photos and survivor accounts to satiate all levels of learners. Even students who struggle reading can interpret, make inferences and draw conclusions with photos.
To carry this further, there are several outstanding resources from sellers at Teachers Pay Teachers to give students basic background information, build research skills and see the disaster from a timeline perspective. Here are five of my favorites to add to your collection of resources. And don’t forget to share the love by leaving positive feedback for the sellers when you download and use their freebies!
Unsinkable: A (Sampler) Unit of Study on the Sinking of The Titanic (part of a larger unit for purchase)
from Jessica at Joy In the Journey
Titanic Interactive Timeline Freebie
From Elisabeth Haywood at Twins, Teaching and Tacos
Titanic Passenger Outline
From Meredith Starks
Word Work: Understanding Words from the Titanic
from Jacqueline at For the Love of the Children
Titanic English Reading Pack for Teachers