Teaching Children's Literature

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis

You Wouldn’t Want to Sail on the Titanic


Bibliographic Information: You Wouldn’t Want to Said On the Titanic, written by David Steward, illustrated by David Andtram, published by Salariya Book Company, Brighton, c. 2013.

Lexile Level: 940

Synopsis: This humor filled, informational book is packed full of facts about the sailing and sinking of the titanic. It includes information on how the ship was built, what life on board the ship would have been like and how the tragedy of the sinking would have unfolded.  The outrageous illustrations and humorous wording will engage a wide range of readers.

Rationale for Classroom Use: This text contains a variety of text features, from charts showing the specifications for the ship to diagrams of the sinking.  It provides a good opportunity for students to begin making connections between what is being presented in the text and illustrations and how they work together.

Common Core Connection: 

4.RI.7. Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.


About Kristen

I am an elementary school teacher with five years of experience in 4th and 5th grades. I am taking a year off from teaching to get my masters in Reading through the New Literacies and Global Learning program at NC State University.

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This entry was posted on June 20, 2013 by in Informational Texts, Uncategorized and tagged , , .

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