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Headline form the New-York tribune, April 16, 1912: 1,340 Perish as Titanic sinks; Only 886, mostly women and children, rescued

[Detail] The New-York Tribune, April 16, 1912

Lesson Overview

In 1912, popular media headlined the sinking of the world’s largest luxury passenger ocean liner while on its maiden voyage. Newspapers captivated the world’s attention with stories from survivors and about victims who did not survive. Students will examine responses to the disaster and evaluate bias and different ways information is presented, and then apply what they learn to interpreting a political cartoon about the sinking of the Titanic.


After completing this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Examine a set of primary sources and grapple with incongruities of information and bias
  • Construct an account of events based on multiple sources
  • Interpret a political cartoon about the event in light of what they've learned


Time Required

Four classes

Recommended Grade Level

Grades 6-12


News, Journalism, and Advertising


Progressive Era to New Era, 1900-1929


Randy Sachter