Literature Circles WebQuest
This lesson plan describes how to use a WebQuest to teach about the literary devices and social themes used within seven different realistic fiction novels.
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Dana Collett (Teacher (K-12))
I like the concept. Some students have difficulty with theme and this seems like a wonderful way to help them understand. I like the fact that they will be creating a presentation which will allow them to have ownership. Did you create a webquest? Or is it up to the individual teacher? This is a very technology-rich lesson and offers students to use various types of technology for various purposes.
Sara DeVoogd (Teacher (K-12))
This lesson follows the instructional design format and identifies a problem, real-world performance, instructional objectives, essential content, a method for evaluation and learning, motivation, and socialization that will occur during the lesson. The lesson details five objectives broken down into three categories: performing skills, recalling facts, and applying principles. The evaluation ties together all three types of objectives.
Students have the opportunity to experience the story and social issue in different ways through the book, WebQuest, and conclusively through their presentation. The task also helps students connect themes (in this case social issues) to life outside of the classroom supporting the relevance of the activity.
Framing the presentation as a persuasive piece prompts students to consider potential feedback on the identified social issue in order to address both concerns and quesitons. One thing that remained unclear to me from the plan was what students were trying to convince others of with their presentation. However, the idea lends possibility to helping students identify multiple perspectives and viewpoints to analyze researched information and present one. Presenting the projects to groups provides a unique opportunity for peer feedback and discussion.