The classroom resources you see here are designed to help you use this Web site, other materials on the Internet, and the "Lost Liners" video for a study of the Titanic, Lusitania, and Empress of Ireland. These lesson plans comprise a multidisciplinary unit that addresses the subject areas of world history, US history, rhetoric and debate, health, and technology. These lessons are designed for upper middle or high school students (grades 7-10), although extension suggestions may help you modify them for younger students.
Each lesson plan is correlated with national curriculum standards, and provides a brief overview, a list of objectives, background information, a detailed teaching procedure, assessment recommendations, extension suggestions, and a list of online resources. Each incorporates video clips from the "Lost Liners" documentary, though the lessons also function as stand-alone activities.
- The Blame Game
Students will assume various roles and act as an "international board of inquiry" to determine fault and responsibility for the sinking of the Lusitania.
- Bigger, Faster, Stronger . . . Higher
Students will analyze popular feelings and beliefs about two major disasters: the sinking of the Titanic (1912) and the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger (1986).
- Titanic Artifact Activity
Students will investigate the lives and legacies of the passengers aboard the Titanic by analyzing their stories and the things they left behind when the great liner sank.
- Hypothermia on the High Seas
Students will examine the effects of hypothermia on the human body, investigate survival techniques to avoid this condition, and consider some of the mental health issues surrounding these situations.
- Lost Liners Scavenger Hunt
Students will learn about 4 different Internet search engines and practice their searching skills by scouring the Internet for facts and information about the lost liners and their legacy.
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