Purpose of this Web Quest
Lang. Arts Page
Students will use the Internet in an interactive way [as a tool] to promote learning.
Preparation for this Lesson
Read the novel, "Johnny Tremain" by Esther Forbes. ( My daily routine is read, research/write/discuss.) You will need to write up the Timeline for reading.
Ex. Week One - Dates Nov. 1* Read Pages 1-15.
- Nov. 2 * Read Pages 16 - 31etc.
Make up a Reading Sheet and a group sign up sheet. Put a copy at the centers. The group leader and the other members determine who has read that chapter by the amount of participation of individual members in the group. The teacher can quickly check by asking a few key questions. Alternatively circulate asking questions periodically to individual members of the group. Either way works. The students know you are checking to keep them on task.( This would have been explained when you are introducing the lesson to the class.)
Set up four, five centers.( Depends on # of students) Your students do not have to complete every center.
Example of Centers
video Press Conference
Computer Center ( ideal if you have them in the room as well as a lab)
Make sure you have pre- booked the digital camera and the video
camera with tripod the week previous to beginning. You may have
access to a drama department in your area, if so, you may be able
to borrow period costumes.
The press center needs one or two costumes.
Look over the Task section I have on the Web Quest page. Use files to organize the tasks. Here is the rubric. You can choose to have students complete only one or two of these. The same goes for the Activities. In each folder write out cards describing the task. Make a separate sheet for tips. Include how you will evaluate what they have learned. Also include a timeline when the material is due. This book is not an easy read. Use strategies for those who are having difficulty. ex. Use tapes of book. Have an older student read the book on tape. Give to students who are having a hard time reading. Hand out the Evaluation so that students know what is expected. I have prepared two tests. The first is on line and students can print it off. There are two parts to this test. If you prefer to do only multiple choice, and assign four points for each, then use this test. Students have a lot of opportunity to work with the novel, both in partners and independently. You may choose to do any or all of the activities. The review questions I did on Fridays.
The first week you should make up heterogeneous groups. Then after the first center is complete, allow the students to choose their own group. Since each group completes only three of the five centers there will be smaller groups . Be careful to put a limit on your group size. Also the drama group tends to be noisy. Arrange for parents or older student volunteers. If you have an AV room, this group can practice down there. Once they have their pictures( limit to 15-17 per group) then they need the computer lab, so someone could be in with them. You are the facilitator!
Also the first two days of this project should be research days so students will have some data to work with.
Here's a great lesson plan
If you try this project and found something that needs fixing, please tell me.