This webquest is intended for middle school students. (Our district reads The Call of the Wild in eighth grade.)
At least one computer with an internet connection for every 4-5 students. Ideally this would take place in a computer lab, over the course of about a week. The students will also need access to word processing, and imaging software. (Freeware includes OpenOffice as a substitute for MS Office and PhotoFiltre as a substitute for Photoshop.) Those that choose to present a Power Point type journal would need the appropriate software (OpenOffice has a Power Point equivalent), and the same goes for those that choose to present web pages (SeaMonkey from Mozilla has a WYSIWYG editor built in.) Students will also need a printer.
Standards Addressed (California - Grade 8 English-Language Arts):
Tips for Delivery:
The students should be able to follow the process fairly independently. You might give some mini-lessons about narrowing your search with quotes or using strings of words. I would also ephasize giving credit for the information AND the graphics. I would allot about a week, and then another day or two for presenting.
You should give the presentation a separate grade, and perhaps use a panel of students to ask questions. This way, you address even more standards, and the kids get to see each other's work. You probably already have a presentation rubric for other projects.
After you do it once, I don't have to tell you to keep samples for the next round. That also gives you an opportunity to tweak it based on the results you get the first time. Please let me know if you come up with any changes that might improve this quest.
Mr. Coward teaches 7th grade English at Laguna Middle School in San Luis Obispo, CA. He has been teaching for 17 years.
For more resources, please visit: SeventhGradeEnglish.com.
All images taken from the site listed in the Resources section, and credited where they are used.
Credit goes to Bernie Dodge for creating the first webquest, and defining the main ideas and rubrics.
Thanks to George Smith for the WebQuest class which this quest is a result of.
Permission is granted for others to use and modify this webquest, as long as credit is given, and the use is not for profit.
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