Guidelines for Webquest Project
You are to assume that you are a teacher for special education students in grades 6-12(you decide). One part of your Literacy Program is to teach your students, using a sight word/whole word approach, functional/community-based words that are going to improve their literacy skills for everyday survival in the "real world." It is necessary to teach these words using authentic tasks/activities so the "new" sight words your student's gain are generalized to settings outside of your classroom. One of the assignments you give your students, is to go on a Webquest, which will help reinforce those new sight words, as well as provide some authentic reading and information gathering. A Webquest is a journey through multiple websites to gather information and complete a specific task. As intended by the name, it is done on the internet.
Your webquest will include:
1. An introduction stating the purpose of this webquest, and who the webquest is made for(the population that you'll be using this with)
2. The task that the students are trying to accomplish by completing the webquest.
3. The process the students will need to go through to accomplish the webquest. This may include questions the student may need to ask him/herself to complete the task and multiple websites that are linked to your webquest that will help your students accomplish the task.
4. An evaluation rubric (with three levels) so the students know what they need to do to get an unsatisfactory, target, or accomplished score on their journey and the task they complete.
5. A conclusion summarizing what the students need to go through and what they will be accomplishing while doing that.
6. Extra credit points will be given for an additional resources portion added to the webquest for students to use if they so choose.
Your webquest should be colorful and eye-appealing for students and have at least 3 different links that your students can go to for the information they need to complete their task. Use the examples given in class to model what you can do!!!
WebQuest Internet Sites
Dr. Seuss Webquest
One more Dr. Seuss Webquest
Webquest Organization ~ http://webquest.org/
WebQuest Template ~ http://www.spa3.k12.sc.us/webquesttemplate/webquesttemp.htm
The WebQuest Page ~ http://webquest.sdsu.edu/
Kathy Schrock's WebQuest Sites from Discovery.Com
WebQuests and Resources for Teachers
Some Thoughts About WebQuests by Bernie Dodge
A Web Quest about WebQuests
Literacy Internet Sites
Education World ~ Language Arts ~ http://www.education-world.com/a_curr/archives/lang.shtml
LEADERS ~ http://www.education.pitt.edu/leaders/
School-Home Reading Connections
ReadbyGrade3: Reading and Reading Disabilities
LD Online: Learning Disabilities Information and Resources
Images for Creativity
Pictures & Rubric
Awesome Clip Art for Educators
Images Web Site ~ http://www.elmhurst.edu/library/courses/edu/AuthorWebTools.html
ClipArt Images and Websites
Rubric for Grading
EDU 316 Ė Webquest Project Rubric = 50 pts.
Purpose of webquest not stated, unclear who the population is that will use webquest
Purpose of webquest stated but it is unclear as to what webquest is for,
Population that will use webquest clearly understood
Clear and easy to understand purpose for why a student would use this webquest, Population that will use webquest is clearly understood
The studentís task is unclear, process not complete, ie., no questions the students should be answering and no links to other websites
The studentís task for completing the website is clear, at least 3 questions that the student will be answering while doing the webquest, some of the questions are not relevant to the task, at least 3 links to other websites
The studentís task for completing the website is clear, there are 5 or more questions the students will be answering while doing the webquest, all the questions are relevant and directly related to the task of the webquest, there are more than 3 links to other websites
Rubric included is not a rubric but a rating scale or some other means of grading the webquest
Rubric has at least 3 levels of scoring, categories for scoring include: unsatisfactory, target, accomplished, criteria for studentís scoring is clear but not complete
Rubric has at least 3 levels of scoring, categories for scoring include: unsatisfactory, target, accomplished, criteria for studentís scoring is clear and has all considerations for studentís completion of webquest included
No conclusion included, or just a simple restatement of introduction
Conclusion includes a summary statement of what the students will be doing on their webquest, no reference to a final product given
Conclusion includes a summary statement of what the students will be doing on their webquest, reference given to what the final product will be upon completing the webquest
Not colorful, not appealing to a student population, not motivating to complete webquest
Webquest is colorful and motivating to the eye to complete webquest, graphics included, a fun page for students to look at
Webquest is colorful and motivating to the eye to complete the webquest, graphics included, a fun page for students to look at, additional resources for students to use to finish the webquest or to use after webquest is finished to further their knowledge of topic
Total Score =_________ x 2 = ____________ Final Score
This page was created by Donna Goodwyn, Associate Librarian, and updated September, 2008.