USF's WebQuest 

WebQuest Title:  The American Civil War Museum
Author:  Jihan Habeeb

 

 

 

Introduction

The Museum of History in your hometown recently experienced a fire in the west wing of its building where the American Civil War section was located. No one was hurt; however, several things were damaged and destroyed, mainly from the Civil War rooms.  With the insurance money the museum has received from the fire, the museum board and curator want to refurbish the rooms and open them as soon as possible because the sooner they finish the rooms, the less business they will have to lose.  In order to do this, they have decided to hire a group of historians to gather important facts and data pertaining to the Civil War and organize this information into five rooms that will be purely dedicated to the Civil War.  The museum has searched long and hard and they finally selected your group for the job.

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Task

Welcome fellow historians!  Your task is to create a blueprint, or map of how the five new rooms for the museum will look and then make a presentation of it.  You will write down any Civil War items you want to go into each room.  You will also draw pictures of what you want in each room to give a better visual of how the rooms will appear to tourists.  In addition, you will find one artifact for each room from the Internet that you would like to present and five websites you found to be the most useful and informational about the Civil War.  After your group has completed these tasks, you will give a presentation of your blueprint.  So the three tasks you will undertake are:

1. Blueprint of new rooms

2. Five artifacts, one for each room

3. Five websites pertaining to the Civil War

Remember to be as creative as possible when making your blueprint!

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Process

You will divide up into groups of 4-5.  Each person will choose a group role.  The group roles are:

Researcher: There can be either one or two people for this job depending on the number of people in the group.  The researcher's job is to research and find important information on the Internet using the resources, or websites, given. You are to surf the internet and locate any information you think would be necessary to have in the museum rooms.

Recorder:  Your job is to take down notes for the researcher. You are to write down information that the researcher gives which can be anything from website addresses to names of cities.  You are also responsible for making an outline of what goes in each room.

Drawer:  Your job is to draw a blueprint of how the five rooms should look.  You will draw and write what goes in each room.  This will be done on a poster board and you will use materials like markers, glue, scissors, etc.  When you are done you should take care of putting away all the materials you used. The blueprint should look colorful and appealing.

Speaker/Time-watcher:  Your job is to make sure your team has enough time to do their duties.  You should make sure the group is working according to their given time and warn them when they only have five or ten minutes left before they must wrap up.  If you don't watch the clock your team might not have enough time to finish everything they are assigned to do so your job is very important!  You will also present the blueprint, artifacts, and websites.  You must talk about the blueprint (what each room is called, what goes in each room, etc.)  and also present the artifacts for each room and why your group chose it for that particular room, and finally talk about the websites your group chose and why they liked them so much.  Make sure you are comfortable speaking in front of everyone because your presentation must be very professional. 

After your group members have chosen their roles you will:

1. Research: The researcher(s) will explore on the Internet and use the resources given below to find the information needed for the rooms. Look for things such as documents, speeches, letters, diary entries, biographies, pictures, and anything else you think is important to have.  You must also find five artifacts for each rooms which can include any of the things listed above just now as long as they can be printed from the Internet.  For example, you can print a picture of a famous war hero such as General Robert E. Lee and explain in your presentation what is significant about this picture.  Finally, you should find five websites you think were the most useful or helpful in researching on the Civil War. 

2. Outline: Next, the recorder must make an outline for the rooms. Each room must have a title, list of things to go in each room, one artifact for each room you want to have in you presentation, and a list of five Civil War websites your group found to be the best.

Ex.) Room One: I. Abraham Lincoln

                                  A. His biography

                                  B. Emancipation Proclamation

                                  C. Gettysburg Address

3. Blueprint: The drawer will create the blueprint of the five rooms.  Each room should have drawings, names, and anything else that will be going into it.  Make sure it looks colorful and appealing because at the end you will have to present it in front of the class.

Presentation: After all this is done, it's time make your presentation. Your presentation must include: blueprint, outline, artifacts for each room, and websites you like the best on the Civil War.

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Resources You are not limited to these websites. The websites give links to other Civil War sites so feel free to use them.

Civilwar.com  www.civilwar.com

PBS- The Civil War  www.pbs.org

Civil War Clipart Gallery www.civilwarclipartgallery.com

The Civil War Archive  www.civilwararchive.com

Wikipedia The Free Encyclopedia- American Civil War http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Civil_War

Library of Congress www.loc.gov

Valley of the Shadow http://valley.vcdh.virginia.edu

The American Civil War  www.swcivilwar.com

History World www.historyworld.net

Valley of the Shadow http://valley.vcdh.virginia.edu

Digital History www.digitalhistory.uh.edu

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Evaluation

Group Rubric

20 pts.

15 pts.

10 pts.

5 pts.

Score

Blueprint Contains all five room and required information: room titles, items for each room, pictures, names; rooms look colorful, attractive and very professional; displays creativity Contains all five rooms and required information: room titles, items for each room, pictures, names; rooms look appealing but not very  professional; semi-creative Contains all five rooms and required information: room titles, items for each room, pictures, names; rooms look fairly appealing and professional; lacks creativity Does not contain required information: room titles, items for each room, pictures, names; does not have all five rooms and looks unappealing and boring  
Artifacts Five artifacts, one for each room; interesting, unique, and appropriate to room being shown from; correctly described; pertinent to the Civil War Five artifacts, one for each room; interesting and appropriate to room being shown from; pertinent to the Civil War and is correctly described in presentation Five artifacts, one for each room; appropriate to room being shown from; pertains to the Civil War but is incorrectly described in presentation Does not have all five artifacts; inappropriate for rooms and is not pertinent to the Civil War  
Websites Five websites pertaining to the Civil War; information or content-rich with interesting features, easily navigable, and shows accuracy; well-described in presentation Five websites pertaining to the Civil War; information or content-rich that shows accuracy; easily navigable and well-described in presentation Five websites pertaining to Civil War; information or content-rich that shows accuracy; described in presentation Does not have all five websites; inaccurate information, and is not content-rich; is uneasy to navigate.  
Overall Presentation Has all requirements for presentation; presentation is clear, detailed, and shows accuracy; displays creativity, thought into work and group effort; also organized, well-structured and overall well-presented Has all requirements for presentation; presentation is clear, and shows accuracy; displays thought into work and group effort; well-structured and overall well-presented Has all requirements for presentation; presentation is fairly detailed; presentation displays thought into work, is fairly structured and fairly presented Does not have all requirements; presentation is unclear, unstructured, and displays no group effort; badly presented  

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Conclusion

The museum thanks you for your help and effort.  They can now start on their plans to build the new Civil War section for the museum.  Also, now that you have completed your tasks, what can you say you have learned from doing this assignment? Do you feel you are more knowledgeable on the history of the Civil War? Well you should be, and you probably are.  Hopefully you have learned that the Civil War was a major turning point in American history. The Civil War greatly affected hundreds of thousands of lives, especially African Americans, and changed the course of history in a profound way.

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