Help for teachers

Here are some ideas from teachers that have used Encyclopedia Titanica in lessons and projects.
I teach a history-related unit to my Year 4 or Year 5 students. The students absolutely love learning about the Titanic and that era in time.

They have to create a presentation which explains the context for their chosen person, this can be as diverse as a coal stoker, band musician, Captain Smith, JJ Astor or Molly Brown. They are free to express their learning in any way they want and have to talk for 3 minutes.

I have had some amazing work from students including diaries, newspaper articles, videos, models of cabins, ship models, meals prepared from the menu in both 3rd and 1st class, powerpoints, board games, the list goes on!
Titanic posters

My students really enjoyed access to the Encyclopaedia Titanica site.

Each student was allocated an historical character who boarded the Titanic. They were required to research that individual discovering their background, reasons for being on the Titanic, their likely experiences - depending on class and gender, both prior and after the iceberg.

Next step. Students were to create groups based on crew, 1st, 2nd & 3rd class. Within these groups they discussed common experiences, differences and chatted about their characters. Additional collaborative research was undertaken based on the questions they raised.

Next step. New groups formed. Each group needed a person who was crew, 1st, 2nd & 3rd class. Together they introduced themselves in character and compared life stories.The students enjoyed the research, plus many researched further to understand the full experience.

They also watched James Cameron's Titanic and a documentary Titanic: The New Evidence. We had lively debates on who was culpable.

Thank you for the students opportunity to use the site. They were very engaged in this unit on Titanic and were able to reflect on how the boat and the film reflected the Edwardian era.
Find out more about how your school can use ET here.


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Philip Hind
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Titanic cabin dioramaTitanic TimelineTitanic word artTitanic research board


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Philip Hind
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"Our language arts program does a theme on “Dealing with Disasters”. In this theme, students read many different excerpts from published works about the Titanic. It is always a high interest for all of our students. We wanted to personalize this experience more for the students, so we gave them a writing project about the Titanic. They were given many several options to choose from, and one of the options was to create a narrative based on one of the actual passengers aboard the Titanic.

We spoke a lot about how to try to incorporate true facts within the fictionalized version of the story they were writing. Students who chose this option had to create dialogue among the characters in the story and imagine how they may have spent their time on the Titanic prior to the tragic night. This is where your wonderful site was such a help to our students. They were able to go onto your site to read about the various passengers and crew members. The students then chose a person from the list and incorporated facts from your site into their narratives.

It was our first time going through this process with them, and I can see how the students did not quite get the timing down as far as how long they may have been on the ship prior to the sinking. We will work on that the next time we do this project! We were focusing on incorporating dialogue and imagery into their writing. I have attached two examples for you to see. I hope you enjoy reading these!

Thank you for allowing us to use your site. We did explore it with all of the students, and they found it fascinating to learn about all of the crew members as well as the passengers."


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Philip Hind
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Can the Nationality influence the Survival of Titanic Passengers?
To estimate the effect of passenger nationality on survival research, we used updated passenger information from Titanica encyclopedia and Wikipedia. To see how the nationality varies substantially from other variables observed we use Random Forest. Our experiments show that prediction models behave almost equally regardless of
whether or not the nationality attribute is used. Besides, based on the Random Forest feature's significance, ethnicity is more evident only in situations of larger national Titanic populations. However, it is not entirely clear whether it is correlated with passenger ticket groups.


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Photos from the Titanic project at Freedom Trail Elementary, Elk Park, North Carolina
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