Put the Title of the WebQuest
Developed by (put your name, an email link, and your URL)
the lesson is about.
area (mathematics, language arts, etc) and grade level (middle, elementary,
early childhood, etc.).
and objectives from the South Carolina Curriculum Standards that this WebQuest
Supports. List by subject area (WebQuests should be interdisciplinary
List any special
resources that a teacher would need in the classroom or in the media center for
the students to complete the activity. For example, print resources in the media
center, art reproductions, or video and audio
Write an introduction to your WebQuest that will give students some background about your topic. Try to interest them.
If your WebQuest is about a
place, include some general information, a picture, and/or audio
If it is about a person,
describe something about the person that gives general background to the
§ If you are creating a scenario with opposing points of view, describe the views briefly.
Remember, you want to interest the students in pursuing this WebQuest.
What are the
guiding questions that students need to keep in mind in order to accomplish
What is the task
that the student(s) must undertake?
Why is the job
What are the
circumstances surrounding the task or the question that may cause conflict?
What led up to
Is there more than one
way of looking at this? Can you see conflicting roles for people--such as
environmentalist and industrialist?
You should briefly outline for student(s) what they are expected to learn. For example: Despite the known risks of space flight should the elderly be encouraged to make space shuttle flights for the sake of gaining potentially beneficial medical knowledge?
Assign various roles to students. A good WebQuest generates some tension or conflict that must be resolved so you should try to develop two to four roles. Remember that you want this to be a collaborative activity for students.
1. Explain that students who
have similar roles may work together to compare ideas based on the factual
information they have collected, or that students may continue to pursue their
role individually until the conflict generated by the original guiding
question(s) forces them to resolve the issue with the entire
Once students have understood their
roles and investigated the background material necessary to make informed
decisions, then it is time for them to come together as a group and to discuss
the issue(s). Group work should result in a consensus document or
Give students directions on this
Be sure that they understand that
their role may place them in conflict with another person's role.
How should they resolve this
What overall idea should they keep
in mind that will allow them to compromise?
Is there a greater good?
2. Provide options for how students may present their information to the group. Here are some ideas:
§ Venn Diagrams
Identify for the students which other resources they may use to complete their task(s). Other resources may include:
software to develop an informative slideshow
Any URL links
provided in this section
Periodicals from the
Provide students with a clear understanding of the grading criteria which will be used to evaluate their efforts.
Provide links to online rubrics which will allow students to know upfront what grading criteria will be used. Following are some examples that could be used for a variety of projects.
Include a phrase such as, "Please click here to review the criteria on which your individual grade will be based."
"You will also receive a collaborative grade. Please click here to review the criteria which will determine you collaborative grade."
Explain how the grades will be counted or averaged.
Explain to students how the
conclusion will offer the opportunity to engage in further analysis. For
Ask students how
their roles could have been interpreted in a different
Ask students if
they had interpreted their roles differently, how might the outcome have
Ask students if
they were flexible enough to compromise with the group and attain resolution, or
did they yield to group pressures?
what new questions did the issue(s) generate?
Why would these new questions be important in answering the original question(s)?