Discussion Questions for I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 by Lauren Tarshis
- Grades: 1–2, 3–5
About this book
About the Book
Ten-year-old George can’t believe his luck — he and his sister Phoebe are crossing the ocean on the famous Titanic. The ship is full of exciting places to explore, but when a terrible boom shakes the entire boat, suddenly water is everywhere and George’s life changes forever.
- Discuss examples from the book that show the time period is 1912 and not the present day. How are things different?
- The Titanic was considered the greatest ship of its day. What features would you include if you designed a cruise ship today?
- George’s ideas get him in trouble. Would you have gone searching for the mummy? Why or why not?
- Why were the gates closed so the people in third class were locked below? Do you think this would happen today?
- George feels that he and Enzo are long lost friends. Have you ever had an immediate connection with someone? Explain.
- How does seeing the blueprints of the ship save George and his family?
- Why do you think George’s father secretly watches him when George escapes to the woods in the night?
- Discuss how the book would be different if it was written from the point of view of Aunt Daisy, Phoebe, Enzo, Marco, or George and Phoebe’s father.
- How does escaping the Titanic change George? How do you think it would change you if you were a Titanic survivor?
- What is George’s conflict with his father at the beginning of the book and how does their relationship change by the end of the book?