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WebQuest Title:  England:  A Tiny Island Nation With Colossal Influence    

Author:  Kevin Anthony              

Date:  February 4, 2003

Dear Colleague: 

     This webquest is designed to be a part of a larger 7-day unit on the geography and history of England.  Moreover, it is designed to illustrate how the geographic circumstances of England helped to shape the development of this small country into a major world power.  This webquest asks the students to draw from many Internet sources to study the history, geography, culture, climate, and natural resources of England.  Utilizing the wealth of information available to the students on this subject, they will complete 3 major tasks that will be beneficial to their knowledge and understanding of this subject, and will help them become more acquainted with projects and presentations that they will encounter at a college level.          

Unit Summary:

Goals/Objectives: 

     The main goal of this unit is to convince students that geography plays a vital role in the development of nations and in history in general.  Most people simply think of geography as maps with rivers and mountains labeled in their proper places.  Geography is so much more important than people realize.  Whether we realize it or not, it surrounds us all and touches us all, and affects our history, economy, climate, and even future.  While basic fundamentals of geography such as map making and reading are important aspects, it is important to study the various other elements that encompass geography as a subject.  Through the lecture, webquest activity, and group presentations central to this unit, the instructor hopes to make students aware of the importance of geography and begin to help students create projects that will be similar to those that they will produce later in their academic careers, or in future jobs.  

Days:

7 days (50 minute)

     

Content: 

     All materials that will be used for the introductory lecture and webquest activities will be for a high school reading level.  Internet sources will be relied upon very heavily, but books and physical maps, as well as any other resources are encouraged and accepted.  

Methods:

     This unit will employ direct instruction and cooperative learning as the two major teaching techniques.  Not only will the teacher use direct instruction when presenting the main lectures, but the students will use a form of direct instruction themselves when they present their materials to the class.  

Webquest  Summary:

Goals/Objectives:

     This webquest is designed to give students a greater appreciation for the importance of geography in the development of a major nation, in this case England.  This activity will require students to work in groups of four, and will rely heavily upon cooperative learning.  Students will be expected to complete three main assignments:  3-5 page historical/geographic analysis, two maps, and a power point presentation about their intended trip to England.  Each group will present their materials to the class on days six and seven of the unit.  

    Days:

3 days (50 minutes)

    Content:

     The main resource for this webquest is the Internet, which is no surprise.  However, students are encouraged to find books or other aides that may provide them with extra help, especially for the historical analysis.  

    Methods:

     Cooperative learning is the main focus of this webquest, but the students will also have to present their materials to the class for analysis as well, so they are getting great experience with direct instruction as well.  This assignment should allow students to work as a team to complete a major educational project.            

Teachers Resources

Unit Information:
    

Background Resources

Teacher Background Resources

http://www.outerquest.co.uk/letchworth/teachers/tgeography.htm

http://www.integratingtheinternet.com/index5.html
http://www.bluewebn.com
 http://www.nationalgeographic.com

Webquest Teacher Resources
http://www.esc20.net/etprojects/
http://webquest.sdsu.edu/webquest.html
 http://www.memphis-schools.k12.tn.us/admin/tlapages/wqtetc99.htm
 http://www.ozline.com/webquests/design.html

Student Background Resources
 http://www.englandeverything.co.uk/england.htm
 http://www.gatch.freeserve.co.uk/england/eng_inform.htm
 http://www.lonelyplanet.com/mapshells/europe/england/england.htm
http://geography.about.com/library/maps/bluk.htm
Webquest Student Resources
http://www.britannia.com
http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/kidsclick!/topgeog.html
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/mapshells/europe/england/england.htm
http://www.kidport.com/reflib/worldgeography/england/england.htm
http://www.britain.org.nz/about/games/exp_geog.html


Unit Lesson Sequence
 


Day 1    Back to Top
Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Lecture Early English History Day One Lesson Plan
  Early Kingship Handout about Kings
  Conquest  
  Early Administrative Institutions  
  Common Law  
     
     

 


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Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Lecture English Geography including climate, major cities, industries, crops, and rivers.   Day 2 Lesson Plan
  Introduction to webquests Handout on later kings
  Division into groups Power Point
  Handout for webquest expectations Expectations Handout
     
     
     

Day 3    Back to Top
Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Webquest Students will begin their activity in their assigned groups of four Internet
  Teacher will circulate to answer questions and check progress of the groups.  
     
     
     
     
     

Day 4    Back to Top
Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Webquest Students will continue working Internet
     
     
     
     
     
     

Day 5    Back to Top
Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Webquest Students will continue working Internet
     
     
     
     
     
     

Day 6    Back to Top
Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Student Presentations Groups will present their maps and power point presentations to the class highlighting their intended trips to England.   Internet, Power Point
     
     
     
     
     
     

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Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Student Presentations The remainder of the groups will present their materials to the class for evaluation.   Internet, Power Point
     
     
     
     
     
     

 

Conclusion:

     Hopefully after completing this webquest activity and unit on the geography of England, the students will have a greater appreciation for the importance of geography and the effect it has on the historical development of nations.  Moreover, it is my belief that completing group projects like this one, will positively affect the academic and employment futures of the students.  We are all going to have to work with other people our entire lives to complete tasks in our jobs and academic careers, so the sooner they learn to cooperate with one another, the better off they will be.  

Credits/References:  Hollister, C. Warren.  The Making of England  7th ed.  Lexington, Massachusetts:  D.C. Heath and Co., 1996.

                               Smith, Lacey Baldwin.  This Realm of England  7th ed.  Lexington, Massachusetts:  D.C. Heath and C., 1996.  

  

 

 

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