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Titanic Project Rubric


Creating Your Titanic Scrapbook

Step One: Setting Sail

Journal Entry: Using the person you were assigned, write a journal entry from their perspective explaining why they are taking the journey. Include a minimum of 10 facts from the Encyclopedia Titanica or the book, Voices from the Disaster.


Step Two: A Floating Palace

Using Power Point, create a postcard in which the person you chose writes to a family member back home. Include at least 10 facts about The Titanic using descriptive writing to describe the ship.


Step Three: Iceberg Ahead

Write a newspaper article in which you explain the event on the day the Titanic sank.


Step Four: Impact

Write a narrative poem from the voice of the passenger or crew member you selected revealing their experiences when the ship sank.


Step Five: Rescued

Write an eyewitness account from a survivor.


Step Six: Aftermath

Write an obituary about the passenger or crew member you were assigned.


Step Seven: Argumentative

Argumentative Questions: Answer one of the following

1)      Could more people have been saved?

2)      Why did the Titanic sink?

3)      Who was at fault for the Titanic sinking?




Points Possible

Points Received

1.       Setting Sail: 10 pieces of textual evidence included in narrative nonfiction (journal format)



2.       A floating palace: 10 pieces of textual evidence included in narrative nonfiction (postcard format)



3.       Iceberg ahead: date, picture with caption and 6 questions answered (newspaper format); what? When? Where? Why? Who? and How?



4.       Impact: narrative poem  15 lines minimum and 5 pieces of textual evidence



5.       Rescued: eyewitness report includes textual evidence and 5 facts quoted from source



6.       Aftermath: Obituary with 10 pieces of textual evidence



7.       Argument: topic sentence, 3 pieces of supporting evidence with explanation and concluding sentence



8.       Spelling/Conventions/Sentence Fluency (1 point for every 3 mistakes)



9.       Creativity (words from the time period, fictional writing, pictures, etc.)



10.   total




The Titanic

At 12:00 p.m. on April 10, 1912 the titanic set sail from Southhampton, England to New York.

On Sunday, April 14, just four days after setting out on its first voyage with passengers aboard, the R.M.S.TITANIC passenger ship struck an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland at 11:40 p.m., and subsequently sank at 2:20 a.m.

Of the 2,227 people aboard when the ship started its trans-Atlantic voyage, a total of 1,522 died in the disaster. 705 passengers were ultimately rescued by the CARPATHIA liner, several hours later.

At 9:20 p.m., Captain Smith retired for the evening, leaving Second Officer Lightoller in charge. Lightoller's watch was over at 10:00 and he then made his rounds of the ship before retiring to bed. Captain Smith was awoken at 11:40 p.m., by a grinding vibration, and proceeded to the bridge in his pajamas to investigate. He returned to his room, after a brief discussion with Third Officer Herbert Pitman about the noise. Ten minutes later, the severity of the situation was brought to Smith's attention by Fourth Officer Boxhall, who informed him that "the water was up to F-Deck in the Mail Room."

Upon receiving orders from Captain Smith, Second Officer Lightoller immediately began to load Lifeboats. 

At dawn on April 15th, 1912, the CARPATHIA arrived on the scene, and helped to rescue the passengers.


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