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					THE TITANIC A Multidimensional Project

Quincy Cook and Cathy Walker 7th Grade Teachers
Narrows View Intermediate School University Place, Washington

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Gather, sort, and synthesize information Design a brochure promoting travel on the Titanic Write an editorial about the sinking of the Titanic Write a factual newspaper account about the Titanic disaster, using who, what, when, where, why, and how Write a personal narrative focusing on point of view and detailed facts Upload publication to school web site

PREREQUISITE SKILLS
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Basic research skills Basic note-taking skills Word processing skills using Microsoft® Word 2000 Accessing Internet Explorer 5.0 Familiarity with Microsoft Publisher 2000 Oregon Six Writing Traits at:

http://www.nwrel.org/eval/toolkit/traits/#begin

WEB RESOURCES
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Investigating the Research Cycle
http://www.bham.wednet.edu/mod5.htm

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Six Trait Scoring Guide
http://www.nwrel.org/eval/toolkit/traits/@begin

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General Titanic Sites
http://members.aol.com/Mnichol/Titanic2.index.html http://members.tripod.com/~rhazz/index-2.html http://www.advanix.net/jsadur/titanic

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Inside the Titanic by Ken Marschall A Night to Remember by Sir Walter Lord The Story of the Titanic (as told by its survivors) Titanic by Leo Marriott Titanic, Legacy of the World’s Greatest Ocean Liner by Susan Wels

SAMPLE DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
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What state-of-the-art features of the Titanic led to the claim that it was “unsinkable”?
Why did the captain and crew ignore warnings about icebergs? Were they negligent? How did the sinking of the Titanic affect society at large?

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RESEARCH CYCLE
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Gathering: research the Titanic Synthesizing: organize information and develop notes Formatting: format the travel brochure Evaluation: ongoing until project is completed

FOUR STEPS IN THE WRITING PROCESS
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Brainstorming Rough Draft Self and Peer Editing Final Draft

STUDENT SAMPLE

T HE N E W Y O RK T I M E S

P A GE 1

Personal Narrative: The Unforgettable Honeymoon
One of the saddest of the many sad stories which has to be told concerns the fate of Mr. Daniel W. Marvin, a young American who was returning with his wife from their honeymoon trip spent in Europe. The Carpathia had rescued his 18 year old wife, but he was lost leaving his beloved wife. They had married young and were well known In New York society. Mrs. Marvin was amongst the lucky First Class survivors. After being rescued, Mrs. Marvin told her story, “It was supposed to be our happiest day, but I guess God had a purpose for taking my husband, Mr. Daniel W. Marvin.” They, she broke into tears and was heard to remark as she was escorted from the room, “We were in luxury, everything we could dream of in a boat, grand carpets, newly furnished chairs, and untouched beds. The Grand Stairway was the most magnificent part of the Titanic. You could smell the freshly painted ship a mile Mrs. Daniel W. Marvin away. Our trip was going fine until April 14, 1912, somewhere between 11:55 and midnight, we heard a screeching sound that came from below. Daniel rushed to see what had happened and returned saying that he could discover nothing amiss. An hour later, we heard that the ship was sinking and I was ordered to put on a life vest. My dear Daniel rushed me to a lifeboat, holding me in his tender arms as to say „good bye‟. I cried my heart out and begged the man placing women and children in boats to let my husband come with me. He ignored my plea and said, “Get in!” That was the last time I saw my dear husband. My boat was rescued 2 hours later. It‟s so hard to go on living when you know you‟ve left your newly wedded husband on a sinking ship and that you‟ll never see him again. This tragedy might pass, but the memory lives on, forever.”

Interesting Facts about the Titanic
* After the Titanic sank, new maritime laws were enacted ordering ships to carry lifeboats for all passengers. Ironically Mrs. Mille Taussing, who lost her husband on the Titanic, found that one of the few items in her husband‟s estate was stock in the Englehart Collapsible Lifeboat Company. When the stock price surged with the new regulations Taussing saved herself from penury by selling the shares for a small fortune. The new regulations also saved Englehart, which later developed the famous Englehart Boats used in amphibious landing during WW II.

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Edith Russell, a fashion journalist, carried a toy pig into her lifeboat. She considered it her good luck charm, and it played „Maxime‟ when its tail was wound. Russell gave the pig to author Walter Lord, who wrote „A Night to Remember‟. He still has it! Of the twenty honeymooning couples onboard the Titanic, only one couple, the Bishops from Michigan, escaped together. The other men drowned leaving their newlywed wives widows. Not all of the victims of the Titanic were people. Pet dogs perished too. Among them an Airedale, an English bulldog and a Pekinese.

Ticket Prices Aboard the Titanic
*** In April of 1914, the cost of a First Class Parlor Suite was 870 pounds or $4,350. Today, that same ticket would cost $50,000. *** If you chose to travel in a First Class Berth, you would pay 30 pounds or $150. Today it would cost you $1,724. *** Second Class tickets cost 12 pounds or $60. Today your cost would be $690. *** Third Class tickets cost 3-8 pounds or $40. Today, that same ticket would be $172-460. *** It‟s interesting to note that those Third Class passengers who worked, earned 1 pound or less per week. It would have taken 4-8 months wages to purchase a single First Class Berth.

LESSON MODIFICATIONS
For the Special Needs Student  Work in groups of three or fewer  Extend computer time and project time  Use Microsoft Publisher and PowerPoint templates  Let students dictate information to a scribe

For the Gifted Student
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Encourage a more detailed presentation Have students create poetry to enhance newspaper Have students assist in uploading files to web page

EVALUATION RUBRIC
Content: Writing (up to 53 points)
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Well researched, well organized, well written Free of careless errors Minimum of 6 slides; variety of text fields, graphics, and transitions Professional look that visually depicts material Students can access server and save project in folder Student provides instructor with electronic form of presentation

Content: Technical (up to 37 points)
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Technical Organization (10 points)
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POWERPOINT/ MULTIMEDIA RUBRIC
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Curriculum Alignment Teamwork Organization of Content Originality Subject Knowledge Graphical Design Mechanics

BENEFITS
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Students gain practice in the state’s Essential Learnings in Writing Students practice using Microsoft Office 2000 applications in userfriendly atmosphere Students learn to work in a team Students learn how to use their time wisely to achieve deadlines Students learn how to upload their work to the school web site


				
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