WebQuest Title: The Italian Renaissance: A WebQuest for 10th
Grade World History
Author: Jonelle Formato
You are planning a trip to Italy to broaden your cultural horizons. One of your stops is Florence (Firenze) located in the Tuscany region of Italy. You have heard from many people that Florence was the center of the Renaissance era. You decide you need to do some research to find out the history of Florence.
You will need to find out what led to the Renaissance. What it was and who were involved. You will then set up a travel itinerary depicting all the places you will visit and why you are visiting it.
1. You will get into groups of three and research the following:
Artists/Sculptors-Michelangelo Buonarroti, Leonardo Da Vinci, Sandro Botticelli
Literature/Philosophy-Dante Aligheri, Niccolo` Machiavelli, Girolamo Savonarola
Science/Architecture-Galileo Galilei, Giotto di Bondone
Medici Patronage-Lorenzo de'Medici
Humanists-Francesco Petrarca, Pico della Mirandola, Giovanni Boccaccio (Dante Aligheri)
2. You will then write a short essay on the two areas you researched. You will describe what was going on. For each person you will write about their contribution to the Renaissance.
3. As a group you will put together a tour of Florence. From your research you should find the major sites in Florence that hold the works, houses and/or burial sites of those involved. You will make a powerpoint presentation to the class that will include pictures, maps and brief facts about each place. You will explain why you picked those areas.
In your group of 3 you will divide the work so that each person gets 2 sections.
From your research you will write an individual paper on your findings.
You must include for each person:
A short biography, picture, and contribution to the Renaissance.
You must include for the History/Florence:
Time line, map, and short facts.
After your research and paper you will come back together as a group. You will make a powerpoint presentation to the class that includes a tour of Florence.
Your presentation must include:
Background on the Renaissance
Florence-historical and geographical information
Pictures of the people (one from each group) and a quick biography of their contributions
The Tour must include:
Major sites that house the works of the people you researched
You must explain why these works are important
Where they lived and where they are buried
You must have a map detailing where you are going
|Information Gathered||Little information is given about the person and their contribution and/or is not completely accurate. Timeline, map and short facts not included for the History/Florence section (those who had to do it).||Some information is given about the person and their contributions. Is not completely accurate. Only short facts included for the History/Florence section (those who had to do it).||Accurate information is given about the person but lacking major contributions. Map and short facts included for the History/Florence section (those who had to do it).||Accurate information is given about the person and their main contributions to the Renaissance. Students have included the works that each person is notably known for. Time line, map and short facts included for the History/Florence section (those who had to do it).|
|Structure/Mechanics||Paper contains excessive grammatical and spelling errors. Sentences short, choppy and no flow.||Most of paper is grammatically correct with a few spelling errors. Sentences short, choppy and a little flow leading up to the next sentence.||Paper is grammatically correct, with little or no spelling errors. Sentences are a little choppy but more of a flow in the paper.||Paper has no grammatical or spelling errors. Sentences are complete and good flow throughout the paper.|
|Use of Resources||Little or no clear evidence of research. (No examples of their contribution)||Some evidence of research. (Little example of their contribution)||Evidence of research. (Few examples of their contribution)||Clear evidence of research. (Many examples of their contribution)|
|Proper Citations/Works Cited||Little or no citations present, no Works Cited page (bibliography) listed.||Citations within text and Works Cited page are present, but are not in MLA format.||Both citations and Works Cited page are present. Proper MLA format used for citations. Resources are not listed in Alphabetical order||Citations and Works Cited page are in perfect MLA format. Works Cited page is in alphabetical order.|
|Physical Presentation||Presentation has no visual aids. (Map, picture of a person, works of art, or buildings)||Presentation includes a map, but no other visual aids.||Presentation includes a map and one other visual aid.||Presentation includes a map, picture of each person and their contribution. (Art, architecture, book cover)|
|Group Effort||Group members put no effort to work together. Presentation lacked key information and creativity.||Groups members put little effort to work together. Presentation lacked in creativity and had little key information.||Group members put some effort to work together. Presentation lacked some key information and had some creativity.||Group members put a lot of effort to work together. Presentation had all key information and was very creative.|
|Tour||Not thought out, had no key areas and no information provided.||Little thought out, lacking some key areas, and very little information provided.||Thought out, had a few key areas and some information provided.||Well thought out, highlighted key areas and key information provided.|
|Student Knowledge||Shows no knowledge of the Renaissance. (Looks at notes the whole time, never looks at class. Says "um" too much.)||Shows little knowledge of the Renaissance. (Looks at notes too often. Says "um" some of the time.)||Shows some knowledge of the Renaissance. (Looks at screen and some eye contact with the class. Occasionally looks at notes.)||Shows a lot of knowledge of the Renaissance. (Has eye contact with the class. Very rarely looks at notes.)|
At the completion of this assignment you should be able to:
Find where Florence is on the map of Italy.
Properly tell the difference between the Renaissance and other eras (Middle Ages) based on architecture and paintings.
Analyze art, literature, philosophy to understand what was going on in that time period.
Know how the people of that time contributed to our society today.
Research cities and historical places (create your own tour).