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WebQuest Title:  World Geography  Action News    

Author:  Michelle Ruggieri               

Date:  March 18, 2003

Dear Colleague: 

This unit is designed to assist students in achieving a global understanding of the world and its events. Students will be asked to create a live news broadcast on a pre-selected group of countries in the world.  The broadcast will include current and major events, foreign relations, weather conditions, sports events and the state of the environment, economy and the political scene.  Unit is designed for grades 7-12.      

Unit Summary:

Goals/Objectives: 

  1. Students will explore geography and its concepts by researching current events.
  2. Students will develop public speaking skills.
  3. Students will develop library and on-line research and team building skills.

Days:

8 Days (90 minute blocks)

Content: 

Students will form into groups of 4-5 persons known as news teams.  Each news team will have an anchor person, meteorologist, sports reporter, infield reporter and/or photo journalist. Each student will play a role as a news team member and will research and gather specified information to their position. Students will then prepare a live news broadcast for their presentation. 

Methods:

Within this unit, the class is involved in cooperative learning, group discussion, direct instruction, problem-solving group work, class participation, skill building techniques, and research and technological activities driven by the webquest.

Webquest  Summary:

Goals/Objectives:

  1. Students will use the internet to research current events of a country. 

  2. Students will understand the impact of world events and how it effects them.

    Days:

3 Days (90-minute blocks)

    Content:

Students will explore several websites such as http://www.newspapers.com and  http://www.countryreports.org to learn about events effecting the world around them. At these sites students will gain a better understanding of the five geographical themes:  location, place, region, movement and human environment interaction. 

    Methods:

Students will explore the internet to gather material and information to produce a presentation in the form of a "live" news broadcast.          

Teachers Resources

Unit Information:
    

Background Resources

Teacher Background Resources
CIA World Fact Book 2002 http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook

Your Nation - Country Comparisons http://www.your-nation.com

CNN Interactive http://www.cnn.com/WORLD
National Atlas of the United States http://www.nationalatlas.gov
United Nations http://www.un.org

Webquest Teacher Resources

National Geographic Society http://www.nationalgeographic.com

World at your Fingertips 

http://www.newspapers.com

U.S. Census Bureau http://www.census.gov
National Council for Geographic Education http://www.ncge.org

Student Background Resources
 United Nations Environment Programs http://www.unep.org
 Country Reports http://www.countryreports.org
 Time Magazine http://www.pathfinder.com/time
 Governments of the World Wide Web http://www.gksoft.com/govt/en
 World Health Organization http://www.who.ch
Webquest Student Resources
Atlapedia Online http://www.atlapedia.com
The Weather Channel http://www.weather.com
U.S. News and World Report http://www.usnews.com
Today on ESPN http://www.espn.com
The World Bank http://www.worldbank.org/html/schools


Unit Lesson Sequence
 


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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/Discussion In this lesson students will examine the sections of their local newspapers) to determine the location of current events on the international, national and  local levels. Local newspaper
Class Participation Students will view or tour a live news broadcast.  Particular attention is given to the type of information covered and how is the news reported. Television/Media Center
     
     
     
     
     

 


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Lesson Plan Outline

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

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Skill building Students will be introduced to Webquest "World Geography Action News". Computer lab for student internet access.
Cooperative learning Students will be assigned into teams.  Roles and country to be selected. Handouts
     
     
     
     
     

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)
Research & Technology Students will begin their research on the internet using the webquest. Computer lab for student internet access.
Cooperative learning Students will gather current event information to their role on the news team. Role handouts
     
     
     
     
     

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)
Research & Technology Students will continue research on the internet using the webquest. Computer lab for student internet access.
Problem solving group work Students will discuss their team display and determine what visuals will be used for their presentation. Compile information on role handouts.
     
     
     
     
     

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)
Research & Technology Last day of in-class research on the internet using the webquest. Computer lab for student internet access.
Cooperative Learning Students will submit the information gathered by the end of class. Role handouts
     
     
     
     
     

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)
Skill building techniques Students will rehearse presentation material.  This includes news scripts, visuals and rubric assessment review. Media center
     
     
     
     
     
     

Day 7    Back to Top
Lesson Plan Outline

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

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Class Participation Live presentations can begin.  May be taped to be viewed by other classes. Media Center
     
     
     
     
     
     

Day 8    Back to Top
Lesson Plan Outline

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

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Class Participation Live presentations concluded.  Media Center
Cooperative Learning Students submit rubric scoring of presentations. Rubric Assessment form
     
     
     
     
     

 

Students WebQuest :

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Conclusion:

After the class has finished with this unit the students will have a better understanding of the daily events that surround them outside their own world.  Geographical concepts  are enhanced during this project.  Finally, students will develop a better appreciation and knowledge of current events facing the world.

Credits/References:


Geography Web Quest at USF 2003

 

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