Mice and Men:
A Webquest for 10th grade English
| Task | Process | Evaluation
| Conclusion | Credits
Imagine that you are
able to step back in time - back to the decade of America’s Great Depression,
1930-1939. What would life be like for someone living then? What kind of
education would you have? Where would you shop? What would you wear? What
would you do for entertainment: go to the movies, watch television, listen
to the radio? Now, what if you could become someone other than yourself?
This is your chance to
be someone else, someone different. You will assume the role of a person
living in the 1930's. You may be anyone you want: a migrant worker, a dust
bowl refugee, a city dweller, or a country farmer. If you wish, you may
link your pretend person with someone else's and be brothers or sisters
or mother and child. This your chance to assume a role!
In order to assume your
new role, you will have to become an investigator. When your investigation
is completed, you will make an oral presentation to the class, in character,
utilizing Microsoft’s PowerPoint presentation format. You will be expected
to know your background, education, occupation (student, farmer, secretary,
etc.), geographical location and/or residence, family life, social/community
life, entertainment, and any other information about your life that
you want to share. If you have met a famous person, or witnessed an exciting
event of the 1930's, make sure you include it in your presentation.
In order to be successful
investigators, you will need to research the decade.
Web links have been set
up for you in order to aid your investigation. However, before you can
begin your investigation, you must make some decisions.
1) Decide on the role
that you will assume.
2) If you are planning
to link your person with someone else, now is the time to make that decision.
Remember, each person will do their own investigation.
3) Once you have made
these decisions, begin investigating the decade.
4) Everyone, regardless
of role, must begin here with an overview of the 30’s
5) Record the URL's which
you visit through your research.
6) Using the Inspiration
web tools, organize the information you have gathered.
Now that you are understanding the decade
better, it is time for you to learn more about The Depression. Search through
the web sites that follow to learn about The Great Despression, The Dust
Bowl, and migrant workers.
Each element of your webquest will be
evaluated. As you work, check the rubric often to make sure you are on
target to get the best grade possible. You will be graded in the following
areas: research, role playing, and PowerPoint Presentation. A total of
75 points can be earned through this project.
or no historical research
historical research which shows an emerging knowledge of 1930's
historical research which demonstrates applicable knowledge of 1930's
of historical research which demonstrates an understanding
of 1930's decade.
of role playing
knowledge of characteristics of role;
to recreate a person through appearance.
knowledge of characterisitics of role; Demonstrates application
of role playing through appearance.
Displays a comprehensive
understanding of the characterisitics of the role; Demonstrates the understanding
appearance and manner.
slides with little content; Displays little mastery of PowerPoint
Creates some slides which demonstrate research and an attempt at creative
slides which demonstrate
complete research and a strong application of PowerPoint format.
slides which demonstrate complete research and mastery of all facets of
Now that you have spent some time
traveling back in time, what are your impressions of the 1930's? Was it
an interesting time to be alive? Do you think life was easier, harder,
simpler, or more complicated? What did you think of the price of items
and the clothes people wore? Now take some time to write a journal reflecting
on these questions. Include any other impressions about your work that
you would like to share.
My thanks go out to the wonderful
instructors of the eSecondary Academy Western Shore for all of their knowledge
and patience in helping me to construct this Webquest. I would also like
to thank the other participants in the Academy for their input and insight.
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