The Process and Resources
In this WebQuest you will be working together with a group of students in class. Each group will answer the Task or Quest(ion). As a member of the group you will explore Webpages from people all over the world who care about the mystery of human existence. Because these are real Webpages we're tapping into, not things made just for schools, the reading level might challenge you. Feel free to use the online Webster dictionary or one in your classroom.
You'll begin with everyone in your group getting some background before dividing into roles where people on your team become experts on one part of the topic.
When you have finished choose from one of the following:
A- CREATE A STEINBECK BROCHURE
Produce a one-page, three-column brochure describing Steinbeck's life and times of Steinbeck country. This brochure will be similar to a newspaper with graphics included on the page. The brochure will marshal evidence in support of the subject, convey information from primary and secondary sources, organize and record information on the charts, maps, and graphs for use as visuals, address readers' expectations.
B- CREATE A TIMELINE ABOUT MIGRANT WORKERS
In small groups, students will read an article about migrant farm workers and design a timeline depicting the history of migrant workers in America from the 1920's to the present. This timeline must also include the state of Florida.
C- CREATE A POSTER ON MENTAL RETARDATION
Students will read about mental retardation, synthesize content from several sources dealing with mental retardation, paraphrase ideas and connect them to other sources and related topics to demonstrate comprehension. Then they will create a poster showing how the mentally retarded are treated today.
D- WRITE A BOOK REVIEW
Students will write an online book review (persuasive essay). They will begin by looking at online book reviews. The students must locate reviews appropriate for sophomores, using sources such as online magazines, newspapers, or bookstores. Then, students will read about how to write book reviews, and complete a draft of their book review for editing. Students should structure the review logically, support assertions, clarify and defend positions with precise and relevant evidence-- including expert opinions-- and address reader's expectations.
Phase 1 - Background: Something for Everyone
Use the Internet information linked below to answer the basic questions of who? what? where? when? why? and how? Be creative in exploring the information so that you answer these questions as fully and insightfully as you can.
- Student Survival Guide - A helpful tool in examining OF MICE AND MEN.
- Biography of Steinbeck - The National Steinbeck Center draws its inspiration from the diverse people and the land of the Salinas Valley. This site provides background for the author that wrote about the California migrant experience.
- Steinbeck Country
- Of Mice and Men chapter summaries - Nobel Prize winning author John Steinbeck was born in Salinas and referred to his home as 'pastures of heaven.'
- Steinbeck and Film - A database for John Steinbeck movies and writings.
- The Migrant Experience - A site that details the history of the migrant workers in California.
- Facts about Mental Retardation - Information about mental retardation and related topics.
- Americans with Disabilities Act - The United States Department of Justice site for the ADA.
- How to write a book review - 4 steps to follow when writing a book review.
Phase 2 - Looking Deeper from Different Perspectives
1. Individuals or pairs from your larger WebQuest team will explore one of the roles below.
2. Read through the files linked to your group. If you print out the files, underline the passages that you feel are the most important. If you look at the files on the computer, copy sections you feel are important by dragging the mouse across the passage and copying / pasting it into a word processor or other writing software.
3. Note: Remember to write down or copy/paste the URL of the file you take the passage from so you can quickly go back to it if you need to prove your point.
4. Be prepared to focus what you've learned into one main opinion that answers the Big Quest(ion) or Task based on what you have learned from the links for your role.
THE AMERICAN DREAMUse the Internet information linked below to answer these questions specifically related to THE AMERICAN DREAM:
1. Everyone has a dream to strive for in the novel. Locate the intext citation for each of the following situations:
A. George and Lennie's dream to live 'off the fat of the land.'
B. Candy's dream to join them so as not to be left alone.
C. Crooks' dream to join them so he too would not be left alone.
2. One of the outlets to rise above their troubles as migrant farmers and to combat loneliness and hopelessness is to share the dream of a better place. What do each of the following characters stand to gain by living their dream?:
3. Even Curly's wife dreams. What are her fantasies?
4. Why is it that none of the characters achieve their dreams?
5. After reading the internet articles, like the characters in OF MICE AND MEN who are unable to live their dreams and escape into a protection of an inhospitable world, what are some of the possibilities that exist in our world that keep us from attaining a utopia?
- Utopia & Utopian Philosophy - A summary of the ultimate philosophy of a better world.
LONELINESSUse the Internet information linked below to answer these questions specifically related to LONELINESS:
1. Every character exhibits loneliness to some extent. Examine the following characters and supply the reason for each character's despair:
2. As each of the above mentioned characters confesses about loneliness, what does each admit concerning this life of isolation?
3. When is the only time that this loneliness subsides?
4. Use the internet site listed below to view five images of loneliness. For each image associate a character from the novel and defend your reasoning for your choices.
- Loneliness - Five images to be used to associate loneliness with the characters from OF MICE AND MEN.
FRIENDSHIPUse the Internet information linked below to answer these questions specifically related to FRIENDSHIP:
1. Why is George and Lennie's partnership unusual?
2. Lennie would admit calling George his friend, yet George is hard pressed to call Lennie the same. What does George say to Slim to help us realize this?
3. Examine the following emotions and be prepared to explain each as it relates to why George cares for Lennie:
desire not to be alone-
4. What becomes the friendship bond for each of the following:
5. Use the internet sites listed below to formulate a list of the traits that forms the bonds of friendship. Then analyze five relationships in your life as a personal inventory.
- The Friendship Page - Explore the importance of friendship in over 120 pages of friendly friendship quotes, poetry, philosophy, humor, links, pen-pals, lyrics, songs and more on friendship! Everyone Welcome to this happy & friendly site!
- The Friends and Friendships Web - Friends and friendships and to grow, maintain, build, and end friendships. Friendship is a relationship.
SOCIAL PROTESTUse the Internet information linked below to answer these questions specifically related to SOCIAL PROTEST:
1. Analyze the migrant farm that serves as the setting of the novel and describe why it is difficult for the major characters to succeed in any kind of vertical social mobility.
2. Today, in our lives, the demand for efficiency in the workplace makes its workers feel completely worthless. This same feeling holds true for the workers on the farm. How is this cynical attitude an underlying aspect of the novel for each of the following characters?:
3. What prejudices exist on the farm, and what characters are most affected by them?
4. Review the internet site below to gather an idea concerning political cartooning. Design your own political cartoon that incorporates the farm and at least two of its characters.
- Ryan Walker: A Cartoonist of Social Protest - A page by a political cartoonist to give you ideas to create your own cartoon of social protest as it relates to OF MICE AND MEN.
Phase 3 - Debating, Discussing, and Reaching Consensus
You have all learned about a different part of the mystery of human existence. Now group members come back to the larger WebQuest team with expertise gained by searching from one perspective. You must all now answer the Task / Quest(ion) as a group. Each of you will bring a certain viewpoint to the answer: some of you will agree and others disagree. Use information, pictures, movies, facts, opinions, etc. from the Webpages you explored to convince your teammates that your viewpoint is important and should be part of your team's answer to the Task / Quest(ion). Your WebQuest team should write out an answer that everyone on the team can live with.
Phase 4 - Real World Feedback
You and your teammates have learned a lot by dividing up into different roles. Now's the time to put your learning into a letter you'll send out for real world feedback. Together you will write a letter that contains opinions, information, and perspectives that you've gained. Here's the process:
1. Begin your letter with a statement of who you are and why you are writing your message to this particular person or organization.
2. Give background information that shows you understand the topic.
STATE THE TASK / QUEST(ION) AND YOUR GROUP'S ANSWER.
3. Each person in your group should write a paragraph that gives two good reasons supporting the group's opinion. Make sure to be specific in both the information (like where you got it from on the Web) and the reasoning (why the information proves your group's point).
4. Have each person on the team proofread the message. Use correct letter format and make sure you have correctly addressed the email message. Use the link below to make contact. Send your message and make sure your teacher gets a copy.
Your Contact is: Oscar Siflinger