This week we commemorated the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the legendary RMS Titanic on the morning of the 16th April 1912.
We learned many fascinating facts about the Titanic such as the fact that RMS can stand for 'Royal Mail Ship' or 'Royal Mail Steamer'. We also learned that only approximately 705 out of approximately 2,229 passengers survived the wreckage of the most luxurious ship of its time. We found that the exact figures and statistics relating to times and number of people who died/survived varied in different books and different internet articles we read.
We decided to write eye witness accounts from the perspective of Titanic survivors. We pretended we were Irish emigrants setting sail to America in search of employment and a better future. We wrote about the chaos of the horrific sinking of the ship, being rescued and dealing with feelings of guilt and sadness afterwards. After brainstorming, drafting, discussing and editing our diary entries they were finally ready to be published.
In order to make these eye witness accounts look authentic (like they were written one hundred years ago) we had some work to do:
1. We took freshly used teabags and rubbed them on blank paper to stain them brown.
2. We then wrote our edited eye witness accounts on the stained paper once dry.
3. Then, Ms. Sheehan burnt around the edges of the stained paper to make the sheets look old and worn (Fire Safety is very important).
Take a look at our Titanic Survivor Tales! If you have an adult to help you maybe you could try writing your own at home?