Special Feature: Titanic
By Amy Nicholson
Titanic at the docks of Southhampton.
April 1912. Author unknown.
A Ship Full
These activities focus on research and critical thinking, urging
students to delve a little deeper and see God’s hand at work.
“Hast thou entered into the springs of the
sea? or hast thou walked in the search of
the depth? Have the gates of death been
opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the
doors of the shadow of death? Hast thou
perceived the breadth of the earth? declare
if thou knowest it all . . .” [God answering
Job] (Job 38: 16–19).
“We are all on the Titanic. The reason we
cannot stop talking about the great liner
is because the Titanic is about every-
thing.” 1 —John Wilson Foster
On April 14, 1912, the Titanic, touted as
the “world’s safest ship” on its maiden
voyage from Southhampton, England,
to New York City, collided with an ice-
berg, and sank. A total of 1,523 people
died. 2 This event left an indelible mark
in history. This year will mark the one-
hundredth anniversary of that fateful
night. We can commemorate it in our
classrooms with lesson plans that span
are also some useful websites, including these: www.history.com/interac
. titanic-facts.com, and www.webtitan
• Make a timeline of shipbuilding
through history. The website www
. kidcyber.com.au/topics/shipstime-line.html is suitable for grades K– 6
but could serve as a jumping-off point
for older children as well. It even features the sound of a foghorn!
was discovered off the coast of Newfoundland. Historians and scientists
teamed up to analyze the evidence
and learn more about the story of the
accident. 3 What new evidence did
they uncover? What role does science
play in history? How does it aid in
piecing together evidence and telling
stories of the past?
• Research eyewitness testimonies of
the sinking. Compare these acounts
with the history books. How do
they differ? What do you find in
first-person accounts that you don’t
find in the history books? What are
the limitations of first-person accounts? This could also lead to an
English lesson on point of view.