Disasters are inherently frightening, riveting, and involving. Grabbed straight from the headlines, these disasters leave tragedy, destruction, and years of anguish: The Titanic, Ferry Disasters, Sydney to Hobart, War and Military, The Prestige Oil Spill, The Costa Concordia, and more.
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Chapter 1: Introduction
Why does the Storstad not sink when it collides with the Empress of Ireland?
What responsibilities might a captain of a ship have?
Chapter 2: Titanic
Below is an image of the Titanic. (This annotation contains an image)
Based on this information, what can you infer happened to most of the poor people on the Titanic?
Click on the link to watch the short video of Titanic statistics. (This link will open a new page in your browser. When you are finished watching the video, close out the tab and go back to the book.) (This annotation contains a link)
How do the captain's bad decisions and the poor design of the ship contribute to the sinking of the Titanic?
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Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of launch. Which of the following is the BEST definition for the context of this sentence?
Chapter 3: Ferry Disasters
Look at the diagram of a ferry boat below. (This annotation contains an image)
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of horrible. Which of the following is a synonym (word with similar meaning) for horrible?
What do you infer will happen once water gets into the ship?
What happens AFTER they turned the ship into the waves?
Chapter 4: Sydney to Hobart
Boxing Day, which is celebrated on December 26 in Great Britain, has nothing to do with putting on gloves and fighting. Nor is it a day for people to return unwanted Christmas presents. Some historians believe the holiday developed because servants were required to work on Christmas Day. They would take the following day (December 26) off. As servants prepared to leave work to visit their families, their employers would present them with gift boxes. (This annotation contains an image)
Find evidence from the text that proves that the Sydney to Hobart race was hit by a terrible storm.
Watch the video. It will give you a better idea of what happened on the water at the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. (This annotation contains a video)
What should the crew of the Sword of Orion have done to possibly save their crew member?
Do you agree that the search and rescue team members are the true heroes of the disaster? Why or why not?
Chapter 5: War and Military
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of submarine. Write a sentence using the word submarine correctly in context.
Read the newspaper headline. Use the information to answer the question below. (This annotation contains an image)
How does the New York Times story differ from what the text says about the incident?
Look at the map of the 1945 Wilhelm Gustloff disaster. Notice the route the ship was traveling. Was the ship just beginning its voyage or was it almost to its destination when it was hit by the torpedo? (This annotation contains an image)
Chapter 6: Prestige Oil Spill
What is the effect of oil spilling into the ocean?
Look at the diagram of the oil tanker. (This annotation contains an image)
Read the definition of sturdy. Why does an oil tanker need to be sturdy?
Chapter 7: Costa Concordia Cruise Ship
Tuscany is a region in central Italy. (This annotation contains an image)
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of christened. Which word is a synonym (word with similar meaning) for christened?
Do you think passengers believe that everything is "under control" on the ship? What evidence from the text supports your answer?
Why do passengers take over the boats?
What could have happened if a lot of fuel oil had leaked into the sea?
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of manslaughter. What is the difference between manslaughter and murder?
Chapter 8: Deepwater Horizon
The Deepwater Horizon oil rig is located in the Gulf of Mexico. (This annotation contains an image)
Can you visualize the scene at the Deepwater Horizon? How would you describe the way the workers felt?
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of shock. Which definition most closely fits the context of the sentence?
Look at the map in the annotation above to answer the following question. What does the loop current seem to have caused the oil to do?
Look at the map. Notice the areas most affected by the oil spill. (This annotation contains an image)