We eagerly read this week’s issue of Weekly Reader and its cover story of the Titanic. It really is amazing to hear students read about a boat that sank 100 years ago and still has them enthralled. We centered a lot of our conversations on how disasters like the Titanic change the world. My students were shocked that there were not enough lifeboats or life jackets on a ship as big as the Titanic, or that passengers were not required to practice how to evacuate the ship. Afterward, we went online to tour the ship, listened to the recordings of survivors, looked up the coordinates of the wreck and looked at artifacts that will soon be going on sale. We also discussed how we would feel if our families died in a disaster; and many years later people would sift through the wreckage and sell their belongings. Most of us settled on the idea that the event needs to be remembered so people can learn from it and never have it happen again.
Here is a list of some of the websites that we used to investigate this fascinating topic.
NBC’s Sinking of the Titanic series of videos
Thinkfinity, a great video site, search for “Titanic”
The only surviving footage of the Titanic
National Geographic: ‘Unseen Titanic’
Watch, Know, Learn: More Titanic videos
History Channel: interactive timeline of the Titanic
BBC: videos and audio, including survivor stories
Complete “Sinking the Titanic” documentary
Discovery Channel: On board the Titanic