USF's WebQuest 

WebQuest Title: United States Constitution Webquest
Author:     Rachel Alequin

Introduction:

The United States Constitution spells out what the government is required to do, what it can do, and also what it cannot do. But the delineations made in this document are open to interpretation by the courts, making a thorough understanding challenging, even for attorneys. The constitution is a flexible document in that it can be interpreted in many ways and is ever-changing.

Student's Assignment

Tasks:

We now live in a world that is faced with problems of terrorism, and other acts of deadly violence. Your task is to research the background of the U.S. constitution, its founding fathers, and the main purpose behind the creation of this powerful document. You will then get into groups of five and together create your own constitution. Roles will be given out such as: author, researcher, spokesperson, etc. You will follow the precedent of our constitution; list the reasons for creating a constitution, and create a preamble. Your own set of Bill of Rights will be included as well.

Roles:

1.) Researcher(s): This will be comprised of two students. There job is to retrieve all of the research that will inform them about the constitution, Bill of rights, and the preamble,  its background, founding fathers, and what exactly is contained within the constitution

2.) Author(s): Two students will be in charge of recording and writing a finalized draft of their constitution. They will follow the layout of our current constitution.

3.) Spokesperson: One student will present their groups finalized constitution in five minutes. They will explain the reasoning behind it, what research they found out, and justify their actions in the making process.


Process:
 

RESEARCH- Students will be split up into groups of five. Each will have their role to play within their group. The two students assigned to research will thoroughly research the topic and find all pertinent information. Websites are provided for guiding their research process. Together the two students will find information in all areas that are listed above, and produce enough information for a five minute presentation.

WRITING-Once the researchers have completed all research they will report back to the group with their findings. The group will write together a two page paper on the background of the constitution, the founding fathers. Included should be the bill of rights and the preamble. From there the group as a whole will brainstorm together and come up with their own preamble, bill of rights, and finally constitution. They will make the constitution fit today's society with our current problems of terrorism, and violence. Justification will be necessary for all actions. The authors will then begin writing the students "new" constitution with the ideas and information that has been gathered. They will follow the precedent of our constitution. Once the constitution is finalized in writing the group will make a visual for the class to see using materials such as; poster board, markers, construction paper, etc.

PRESENTATION- The spokesperson will present the groups finalized constitution.

 

Resources:

    

Resources

Constitution Society
Creating the Constitution

National Constitution Center 
Bill of Rights

  

Evaluation:
 

Level of Accomplishment Adequate Good Excellent Score
(Highest Possible Score=10)
Group Paper
60%
2 points

Information given on background of constitution is general and undefined.  Little information is given on the creation and purpose.  Poor use of grammar and many spelling mistakes.

4 points

Information given on constitution and relating materials is detailed and specific.  Information concerning historic background, founding fathers, is apparent. Some grammar and spelling mistakes.

6 points

Information given on constitution, purpose, bill of rights, founding fathers. Evidence of thorough research through accurate facts. Paper is in-depth, highly detailed and specific. Information concerning historic eating habits is highly detailed and relates to historical changes. Proper use of grammar and minimal spelling errors.

Maximum 6 points
Group Presentation
40%
1.5 points

Presentation is superficial in nature, poorly organized  and poorly articulated.

2.5 points

Presentation is detailed, organized well and  articulation is satisfactory.

4 points

Presentation displays an in depth analysis, excellent organization and are well articulated.

Maximum 4 points

Scoring Rubric for Individual Roles

Level of Accomplishment Adequate Good Excellent Score
(Highest Possible Score=10)
Content
60%
2 points

Project report contains superficial detail of students responsibilities and evaluation of group work.

4 points

Project report contains satisfactory details of students responsibilities and evaluation of group work.

6 points

Project report contains in-depth details of student responsibilities and evaluation of group work.

Maximum 6 points
Organization and Grammar
40%
1.5 points

Students work is poorly organized and contains many grammar and spelling mistakes.

2.5 points

Student displays satisfactory organization and contains some grammar and spelling mistakes.

4 points

Students displays excellent organization and proper use of grammar and spelling.

Maximum 4 points

 

Conclusion:
   

In conclusion, students will gain a bigger perspective of what exactly the constitution means to their life and the lives of everyone else. They will be able to understand the process of creating the constitution and the various working contained within it (preamble, bill of rights, etc).

Each student will be given an anonymous questionnaire to fill out for future reference:

     1. What problems did your group encounter and how did you deal with them?

      2. What do you feel was beneficial to you and your group?

      3. What would your group do differently in completing the Web Quest again?