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I think hard times are coming, when we will be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, and can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, and even imagine some real grounds for hope.

Ursla Le Guin (1929-2018)

National Book Foundation speech, 2014

How Many? (Titanic)

How Many - Titanic

The Titanic sank on the 15th April 1912. Here are some simple fill in the gap sheets in various formats. The A/B sheets allow parrtners to take turns either asking and answering how many questions or just reading and writing the answers. Alternatively, students can be given a blank list and listen to the teacher read the sentences. In this ccase I like to jump around rather the list rather than reading it from top to bottom. Doing so forces the students to look for the matching line and thus actually read. Two versions of a matching image sheet are included, one with space to fill in numbers and one without. The first can be used to check that the students know all the vocabulary they will be reading or asking about. The second can be used for further practise or review or simple to remove the need to read text altogether.


Numbers are taken from Encylopedia Titanica. I think it is important that student know the numbers are approximate and nobody knows for sure even exactly how many people were on board. The figure for the number of people I use is taken from the song Fine Fine Fine by Adrian Mitchell and Pete Moser. The number on the main Wikipedia page totals 2,202, on the page focusing on the passengers it is 2,223 and the infographics page at History.com puts it at around 2200.

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