Reflection: Student Communication Remembering vs Reliving the Sinking of the Titanic - Section 4: Closing the Loop


Students in this group were my higher thinkers and I wanted to get them to think past the obvious questions to the ethical ones. I asked them "Was it fair that women and children were saved first?" What you can see in the video is that they make a great statement about the children carrying on the family names and the women being needed to care for these children. This demonstrated their higher order thinking skills because it showed they thought beyond themselves to the effect on society.

I wanted to keep them thinking so after the video ended I voiced that some of the men on the ship were highly skilled or intelligent and wouldn't it make more sense for us to save the valuable people over the ordinary ones? They began to agree with me and then countered with who would make that choice? To which others replied - the captain - to which another stated - he's the one who wasn't paying attention and sank the ship - and they became stumped. It's great when you get debates like this because it shows the story has made a personal impact on them. They ended with a ton more questions to which I steered them towards the computers and said to research and bring more answers back tomorrow.      

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Remembering vs Reliving the Sinking of the Titanic

Unit 3: Similarities and Differences in Points of View on the Titanic
Lesson 3 of 4

Objective: SWBAT...write an informative report describing about how points of view effect reader's interest and understanding in "The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912" and "End of a Splendid Journey"

Big Idea: An author's point of view affects the readers's involvement in the story line presented. Authors can change how readers visualize and feel about events by the perspectives and emotions they add to their writing.

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