Before Mr. Kaiser spoke, we reviewed with each other and for Mr. Kaiser what we KNOW about the Titanic as well as what we wonder, based on what we've read so far. (We just finished Chapter 5 yesterday, which is when the crew is realizing just how bad the accident was) This whole-team review was a great opportunity for us to share and build off of each other's knowledge, since we aren't all in Language Arts class together!
Here’s my KNOW/WONDER chart from Mr. Kaiser’s presentation. The KNOWs are all new pieces of knowledge I now have, thanks to Mr. Kaiser.
|Titanic was trying to set a speed record, so it was going at unsafe speeds||Are speed records still kept, or is that considered too unsafe? What is the current record?|
|The rivets on the ship weren’t welded as well as they should be.||Who made the decision to use lower quality materials? How much money did it actually even save?|
|Mr. Kaiser had a great-great uncle on the Titanic. The uncle -- Mr. William F. Hoyt -- was a first class passenger and a businessman traveling to New York to family||How did Mr. Kaiser originally uncover this relative and find that the relative had an interesting story?|
|Mr. Hoyt’s brother had to travel to New York to find out if Mr. Hoyt survived; information traveled much slower back then than it does now.||How did the brother finally find out what happened to Mr. Hoyt? Did a Titanic officer tell him?|
|Mr. Hoyt survived the sinking, but he was so large that people couldn’t get him into Lifeboat 14, so he either died of hypothermia or internal injuries (he had blood coming out of his nose and mouth).||How cold was the water? How fast does hypothermia happen? Was his body recovered?|
|Mr. Hoyt’s body was recovered but it was buried at sea, so his family never got the body.||Did they still have a memorial site for Mr. Hoyt?|
Linked here is interesting article I found about the faulty rivets -- Mr. Kaiser made me curious about the topic, so I just had to look it up.
Other things Mr. Kaiser made me think about:
- My comparison of the messaging service to text messaging wasn't totally correct. The ships messengers had to have an extra step: decoding the transmissions first!
- Before the days of websites like ancestry.com, Mr. Kaiser spent months tracking down information about his family. I think I sometimes need to be more patient with my own research process!
- A student brought up the possibility that some workers had died during the construction of the ship, and Mr. Kaiser pointed out that accidents did happen on major building projects throughout history. I wonder how safety requirements for construction have happened over time.
- Mr. Kaiser reminded me about the importance of primary sources. He found a lot of his information through reports taken directly from Titanic officers!
QUESTION: One lingering question many of us have: would the Titanic have been better off hitting the iceberg head on? Can anyone find a source addressing this question?
Thank you, Mr. Kaiser, for spending your afternoon with us! You've really enriched our thinking!