TITANIC CREW JOBS
In the early 1900s, the crew was hired for one round trip and was never guaranteed a job on the next trip. There were more than 100 different jobs on Titanic, including steward, deck, crew, engineering, fireman/stoker and able-bodied seaman.
There were more than 891 crew members (768 males and 23 females) onboard, each with different jobs that carried specific duties and responsibilities. Ask students to research the various jobs crew members had on the Titanic.
Because a job is a collection of tasks and responsibilities, and a job description lists them, have each student select one job and write a job description for it that tells an applicant what will be required of them. The descriptions should explain the necessary qualifications and skills, the position’s responsibilities, available training, salary and benefits.
Have students randomly exchange the job descriptions with one another and ask them to apply for the job they received. Their applications should include the job title; the position’s purpose aboard ship; level of education or reading, writing and math abilities; specific job skills; qualifications; previous experience; and management ability.
Have students share their final job descriptions and applications with one another.
Have students draw conclusions about the roles of crew members aboard the Titanic.
Create an illustrated timeline chronicling the major events, from the time Titanic set sail until it sank. Include at least five events on the timeline.
Ask students to create an acrostic poem about the ship by vertically writing the word Titanic on paper or the chalkboard. Use a word or phrase beginning with each letter in Titanic that tells about the ship, its voyage and its tragic ending. Be as descriptive as possible. Illustrate the poem after it’s completed.