Finding the Titanic
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Finding the Titanic by Robert D. Ballard
Robert Ballard not only tells the story of his story of his search for and high-tech discovery of the wreck of the Titanic. He also tells the story of the disaster, focusing on the experience of a young girl who survived the dreadful night.
Narrative Nonfiction - A series of actual events come to life in a true story.
Click here to find out more about Mr. Ballard
Click here to learn more about the history of the Titanic
Strategy Focus: Monitor/Clarify
Comprehension Skill: Text Organization
Comprehension Skill Review: Author's viewpoint; Topic, Main Idea, and Supporting Details
Information and Study Skills: Adjusting Reading Rate
Spelling: The long and short /I /and /O/ vowel sounds.
Structural Analysis: Syllabication
Vocabulary: Using a Thesaurus
Writing & Language:
Grammar: Compound Sentences
Writing: Writing on Demand: Response to Literature; Sentence Fluency
plaques: flat markers that are engraved with words
shipwrecks: wrecked ships
survivors: people who have stayed alive
unsinkable: impossible to sink
voyage: a long journey to a distant place
wreckage: the remains of something that has been destroyed
hull: the main frame or body of a ship
bow: the front of a ship
steward: an assistant on a ship or an airplane
still: to make quiet
third-class: having food and shelter on board of the least quality and price
second-class: having food and shelter on board at a quality just below the highest or first class
iceberg: a huge floating piece of ice broken off from a glacier
distress: needing immediate help
stern: the rear of the ship
loomed: came out from mist or darkness
portholes: small, round windows in a ship
crow's nest: a small lookout structure at the top of a ship
monument: a structure in memory of people who have died
Titanic Expedition 2004
Short video of what Ballard and his crew found when returning to the Titanic wreckage in 2004.
Titanic by the Numbers
Facts and information about the Titanic and its voyage