Set the stage before reading this book.
A Titanic Journey Across the Sea, 1912
- Ask students to brainstorm things
they "know" about the Titanic. Make no evaluative comments about the
list -- simply list the "facts" on a large sheet of butcher paper (an
overhead works as well but paper allows the list to remain visible
throughout the activity/focus). You may have wanted to ask the children
to discuss the Titanic with their parents or older siblings to see what
"facts" they could have uncovered BEFORE you begin this listing
- After the list has been made go back through the list and star all
of those facts that all children will agree with. Circle those that are
questionable. And those that all think might be wrong; put a check in
- Now spend a few days reading widely to discover
which of the questionable comments should be starred, etc. Each student
should come to the scheduled cumulative discussion ready to defend
their position with information from reliable and credible sources.
(This might be a good time to involve your school's media specialist in
a research focus on determining when a source [in print, non-print, and
the WWW] is a credible and quotable source.
- Deady, Kathleen. The Titanic: The Tragedy at Sea. (Disaster! (Capstone High-Interest Books). Capstone Press, 2002. ISBN: 0736813233.
- Hughes, Susan. Science and Story of the Titanic. Somerville House, 2002. ISBN: 1581840918.
- Noon, Steve, and Dr. Kentley Eric. Story of the Titanic.DK Publishing, 2001. ISBN: 0789479435.
- Sherrow, Victoria. Titanic (Scholastic History Readers). Scholastic, 2002. ISBN: 0439267064.
- Check your library's catalog for addition titles.
Questions to Consider and Discuss
- How do you think the experiences during the journey strengthened or weakened the relationship between Alfreda and Erna?
- How do you think the six year age difference
affected the relationship between Alfreda and Erna, before and during
the journey? Do some events make the age difference less relevant?
- Describe the outcome of the journey as it
relates to Alfreda and Eran? Describe other outcomes that might have
been. Why do you think the author made the book end as it did?
© 2002 Laurie Lawlor. All rights reserved.
Text for Curriculum section © 2002 Sharron McElmeel @ McBookwords.
Portions of this text may have been published in earlier publications
by Sharron L. McElmeel and are reprinted here with permission.