Reflection: The Titanic: Determining a Purpose - Section 4: Building a Background


This lesson was much more successful than I had hoped. Students were incredibly interested in learning about the Titanic. I knew that they had some interest and this was why I had chosen the topic. However, I was a little taken aback by just how interested they were! During the time when students were expected to simply skim through texts, many chose to read them instead. Several students began sharing what they had learned and excitement about the topic quickly spread.

Students appreciated being consulted about what they wanted to learn before I completed the unit and asking their opinions helped me to focus my instruction as well. Although I could not include answers to all questions posted, I made sure to cover the majority of those listed.  

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The Titanic: Determining a Purpose

Unit 9: The Titanic
Lesson 1 of 26

Objective: SWBAT share what they want to know about the Titanic and building a background about the ship.

Big Idea: Weeks before our unit begins, students complete a KWL chart to determine what students what to know about the Titanic. Then excitement about the topic builds as students begin to learn facts by reading through collected texts.

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English / Language Arts, Reading, Nonfiction (Reading), Research Writing and Practices, nonfiction, fiction, research, Titanic, multigenre, KWL
  50 minutes
2010 titanic museum at night pigeon forge tn
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