The Great RMS Titanic

Introduction

The Great RMS Titanic 

(50 points)

RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 1912, after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton, UK, to New York City, U.S. 

But, there is so much more to the tragic story of the Titanic.

What happened?

Could it have been prevented?

How many lives were lost? Did the Captain and the crew fail the passengers? 

Click on the link below to read about the controversy around this tragic event!  

Then, move on to your TASK button to set sail on your own voyage to learn more about this historical event! 

http://griid.org/2012/04/17/the-capitalist-shame-of-the-titanic/

Task

Your missions in this "quest":

  • Through this webquest, you and an the assigned partner will learn about the sequence of events around the sinking of the "unsinkable" Titanic,  and organize the events into a timeline, using an on-line Timeline tool.  

  • You will learn about the varying classes of people aboard the ship and how this impacted their voyage aboard the ship.

  • Make and present your own Prezi presentation to the class.
Process

1. Titanic Timeline 

(20 points- Review Rubric under Evaluation section) 

 Using the internet, you and your partner will search for websites that walk through the timeline of events around the Titanic.  This timeline would perhaps take the audience through the hours leading up the sinking of the ship and events unfolding during its sinking. 

  • Use the link below to get you started BUT make sure you try your own searches for unique viewpoints of the unfolding events using Google.  I don't want everyone's timeline to look the same! Find some interesting tidbits about those hours around the Titanic setting sail, the fear of the passengers,  and the sinking of the Titanic! What about the time after the sinking? What happened in those days, weeks and even years after the sinking?
  • Assign one partner to take notes and write down details you want to highlight.

http://history1900s.about.com/od/1910s/a/titanictimeline.htm

http://www.watchknowlearn.org/Video.aspx?VideoID=30640

https://www.google.com/search?q=newspaper+articles+about+the+sinking+of+the+titanic&rlz=1C2SFXN_enUS500US519&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=rVSTUubxIs_toASk24CQCw&ved=0CCkQsAQ&biw=1092&bih=532#facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=1gpSVbYPQKJz8M%3A%3Bg-X0oCLNxJGQGM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Ftitanic3.tripod.com%252Fheadline2.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Ftitanic3.tripod.com%252Fnews.html%3B575%3B765

  • Now that you have the events lined up, use the interactive Timeline Tool to create your own on-line Titanic Timeline.  Work together to organize the timeline.  Go to the following link, and see me about setting up your own account to use this free tool.  

http://www.tiki-toki.com (Timeline Tool)

  • When you have your timeline created, be sure to write down the link so we can access it and share with class! 

 

2. Classes aboard the Titanic and other interesting facts

(10 points- Review Rubric under Evaluation section)

Work with your partner:  Using the links above to get your search started, research the different classes on the Titanic. Journal your findings in your Social Studies notebook.  

I am looking for 4 facts about the classes on board.  Be sure to distinguish what special privileges different classes had while aboard the ship. You will share with the class.  

Can you find information about treatment of the lower class as the ship was going down?  

3.  Create a Prezi slide presentation

(20 points- Review Rubric under Evaluation section)

Use prezi.com to make a presentation. Work with your partner.

First you will need to create your own Prezi.com account. Remember your password!

Then, begin building your own presentation about the Titanic. Include:

  • Pictures
  • Facts
  • Find an interesting video and insert a video link to your prezi
  • Discuss what pieces each partner will present to the class.
Evaluation

There are 3 different rubrics.  Please review these so you know how you'll be graded.  

The more closely you have followed instructions, the more points you will earn!

Timeline: 20 possible points

Timeline : Titanic Timeline

 

 

 

 

 

Teacher Name: Mrs. James

Student Name:       ________________________________________

CATEGORY

4

3

2

1

Content/Facts

Facts were   accurate for all events reported on the timeline.

Facts were   accurate for almost all events reported on the timeline.

Facts were   accurate for most (~75%) of the events reported on the timeline.

Facts were   often inaccurate for events reported on the timeline.

Dates

An accurate,   complete date has been included for each event.

An accurate,   complete date has been included for almost every event.

An accurate   date has been included for almost every event.

Dates are   inaccurate and/or missing for several events.

Preparation

The student had   notes about all the events and dates s/he wished to include on the timeline   before beginning to design the timeline.

The student had   notes about almost all the events and dates s/he wished to include on the   timeline before beginning to design the timeline.

The student had   notes about most (~75%) of the events and dates s/he wished to include on the   timeline before beginning to design the timeline.

The student had   not prepared adequate notes before beginning to design the timeline.

Time Use

Classroom time   was used to work on the project. Conversations were not disruptive and   focused on the work.

Classroom time   was used to work on the project the majority of the time. Conversations were   not disruptive and focused on the work.

Classroom time   was used to work on the project the majority of the time, but conversations   often were disruptive or did not focus on the work.

Student did not   use classroom time to work on the project and/or was highly disruptive.

Learning of   Content

The student can   accurately describe 75% (or more) of the events on the timeline without   refering to it and can quickly determine which of two events occurred first.

The student can   accurately describe 50% of the events on the timeline without refering to it   and can quickly determine which of two events occurred first.

The student can   describe any event on the timeline if allowed to refer to it and can   determine which of two events occurred first.

The student   cannot use the timeline effectively to describe events nor to compare events.

Date Created: May   14, 2014 11:12 am (CDT)

18-20 pts = A

15-17 pts = B

12-14 pts = C

9-11 pts = D

<  9 pts = F

Passengers and Titanic Facts:  10 possible points

Facts about Classes: (Points are assigned all or none;  all portions of assignment must be included in order to gain the 10 points.)

  • 4 facts about different classes aboard the ship are in journal
  • Write about special privileges given to upper classes
  • Write about treatment of lower class during the sinking of the ship

Prezi: 20 possible points

 Prezi Presentation about the Titanic

 

 

 

 

 

Teacher Name: Mrs. James

Student Name:       ________________________________________

CATEGORY

5

4

3

2

Content -   Accuracy

All content   throughout the presentation is accurate. There are no factual errors.

Most of the   content is accurate but there is one piece of information that might be   inaccurate.

The content is generally accurate, but one piece of information is clearly flawed or inaccurate.

Content is   typically confusing or contains more than one factual error.

Cooperation

Group delegates   tasks and shares responsibility effectively all of the time.

Group delegates   tasks and shares responsibility effectively most of the time.

Group delegates   tasks and shares responsibility effectively some of the time.

Group often is   not effective in delegating tasks and/or sharing responsibility.

Originality

Presentation shows   considerable originality and inventiveness. The content and ideas are   presented in a unique and interesting way.

Presentation   shows some originality and inventiveness. The content and ideas are presented   in an interesting way.

Presentation   shows an attempt at originality and inventiveness on 1-2 cards.

Presentation is   a rehash of other people\'s ideas and/or graphics and shows very little   attempt at original thought.

Effectiveness

Project   includes all material needed to gain a comfortable understanding of the   topic.

Project   includes most material needed to gain a comfortable understanding of the   material but is lacking one or two key elements.

Project is   missing more than two key elements.

Project is   lacking several key elements and has inaccuracies.

Date Created: May   14, 2014 11:24 am (CDT)

18-20 pts = A

15-17 pts = B

12-14 pts = C

9-11 pts = D

<  9 pts = F

Conclusion

The Titanic is historically remembered for being the unsinkable ship that sank on her maiden voyage in April 1912.

Titanic records prove that the ship was the largest one ever made back in 1912. Titanic records also show that the ship cost $7.5 million to construct and was made Belfast, Ireland. Over 14,000 men helped build this epic ship over three years, and the Titanic was advertised to be the most luxurious and safest floating 5 star hotel, sporting the first swimming pool on a cruise ship.

The ship sailed safely from Belfast to Southampton, England, where it was docked until its maiden voyage was set for April 10, 1912.

  • After only four days at sea, the Titanic hit an iceberg and sank on April 15.  
  • 1,517 people died. 
  • What do you think should have been done differently?
  • Below is a link to a letter from a survivor

 

                                

LETTER FROM A SURVIVOR RIGHT AFTER THE SINKING OF THE TITANIC: 

http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/titanic-survivor-writes-horror-friend-here.html

Credits
Teacher Page

Teacher notes:

  • This webquest is designed for 7-8th graders.

  • The students will learn about the events leading up to the sinking of the Titanic and the understand the make-up of her passengers, as well as research the controversial aspects around the tragedy.

  • Tip:  Take time to familiarize the students with some of the technological tools in advance to save time when they are working through the webquest assignments.   I would strongly recommend getting the accounts set up for Tiki-Toko, Prezi, and for the Timeline software.