A Persuasive Writing Challenge: Who Was to Blame for the Titanic Tragedy?
The true tragedy of Titanic wasn't the loss of a ship but the huge loss of life. Use your powers of persuasive writing to put forward your candidate as we explore not whose fault the sinking was- but who failed to preserve those lives.
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There have been many debates and much speculation over who was to blame for the sinking of RMS Titanic. In this one time class, we take a slightly different look at the disaster and ask who should carry the blame for the sad loss of so many lives. Whose action - or inaction- meant that the tragedy was so much more than the loss of a ship? Students will explore the importance of persuasive writing and the essential elements of opinion versus facts, finding evidence, and developing it to...
Students will explore how to produce a persuasive piece of writing by using evidence from a text, explaining and using persuasive vocabulary, in an environment of listening and respecting others' opinions.
Writing is my passion and as well as majoring in English at university, I've almost 20 years’ experience in teaching English in primary schools (4-11-year-olds). Over those years I have worked regularly with groups of children specifically on English writing skills. My favourite lessons have always been when I can find out what interests and motivates a student and use those interests to engage a learner and build their confidence. I have worked extensively with students on persuasive writing and have also worked with students on the topic of the sinking of RMS Titanic over the last 6 years when I have led fact vs opinion work, model making, drama- based lessons, persuasive writing and debates on various aspects of the tragedy (including who students feel was mostly to blame for the scale of lives lost), diary-entry style work and so on.
No homework will be assigned for this class.
A notebook or paper and something to write with, or device to use for writing their persuasive piece. Students will look at background information together in class and will be given the opportunity to look at specific slides again as they work on their piece.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Informal assessment during class
1 hour per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
During the class, although we will not be going into graphic detail, it will be necessary to discuss the facts of the death toll of the tragedy and events surrounding it.
A variety of online and published works have been referred to over years of teaching this subject, including but not limited to: National Archives.gov www.history.com natgeokids.com A Night To Remember by Walter Lord Story of the Titanic- DK books. Discovering Titanic by Ben Hubbard
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🇬🇧Lives in the United Kingdom
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Hello and thank you for stopping by to find out a little more about me. I hail from the UK and live in Kent (the bottom right-hand corner as you look at the map!) I graduated from the University of Exeter with a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree...