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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Weather and the Titanic

The 100 year anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic is just a few days away. National Geographic made it the cover story this month and put out some nice online resources about it too. I published a list of resources about the Titanic last week. But Larry Ferlazzo probably has the best list of Titanic resources going. One of the items that he recently added to his list is Setting the Stage for the Titanic Tragedy.

Setting the Stage for the Titanic Tragedy is a New York Times feature that examines the tide and weather conditions that contributed to the Titanic striking an iceberg and contributed to delaying the rescue of survivors. Setting the Stage for the Titanic Tragedy includes a map of the Titanic's voyage route and the typical routes of icebergs calving off of Greenland.

Applications for Education
Setting the Stage for the Titanic Tragedy is the companion to The Iceberg Was Only Part of It. The article outlines a new look at nature's role in the sinking of the Titanic. Because the article is from The New York Times it may be challenging for younger readers. For older students Setting the Stage for the Titanic Tragedy and The Iceberg Was Only Part of It could challenge them to rethink what they already know about the Titanic.

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