USF's WebQuest 

WebQuest Title:  The Holocaust ... What Happened?
Author: Tracey Burns

Student's Assignment

Introduction:

The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state sponsored persecution and murder of approximately six million Jews by the Naziís.

Tasks:

You have been assigned to travel to Germany as American reporters and have been asked to bring back information about the Holocaust.  Your job is to report back to the United States the events taking place there.  You are responsible for presenting views from a couple different perspectives.

After making your observations and doing your research, your group is responsible for putting together a newspaper.  You will research, write, and edit the articles.  Be sure to come up with catchy headlines, pictures, and anything else you think Americans would like to know.  Your newspaper should include articles from the following perspectives:

1. a Jewish shop owner

2.  an SS officer

3.  A Russian soldier

4. a Polish person within a work camp

 ***Each article must include pictures.

 

Process:

1. Research the Internet and other resources available for the information.  Remember to cite your sources.

The following websites will assist you in finding information:

In addition, should you run into any computer problems there are print sources available in the classroom.

2. When you finish researching, share your information with the rest of your group. Continue researching if any important information was not found. Each team member is responsible for writing the final copy of one of the articles. Decide now who wants which role. Share all the notes with your group for their article and save them for later.

3. At this point, each team member should have a collection of notes with all the necessary information in order to write their article. Make sure to include all the information accurately and objectively. Remember that an editorial or a letter to the editor can include personal views.

4. After each person has written their article, you are to peer edit one of your group members articles.  There is a rubric available to assist with the editing of articles.

5. Work as a team to create the layout of the newspaper.

6.  As a group, you will then give a presentation to the class explaining your newspaper.

Evaluation:

The following rubric will be used when grading your newspaper.

 

Beginning

1

Developing

2

Skillful

3

Excellent

4

Score

 

Creativity

The newspaper is  poorly organized. The outlook of the work does not  match the perspective and experiences of the author or the audience.


(2 points)

The newspaper is  sufficiently organized. The tone and outlook of the work matchs the perspective and experiences of either the author or the audience.

(4 points)

The newspaper is  organized. The tone and outlook of the work is fairly persuasive in matching the perspective and experiences of the author and the audience.

(6 points)

The group publication is well organized. The tone and outlook of the work is persuasive in matching the perspective and experiences of the author and the audience.

(8 points)

 

 

Teamwork

 

 

Each person worked independently and no evidence of shared information was evident.



(2 points)

Generally the group worked together, but little evidence of teamwork was evident.



(4 points)

The team worked together in parts of the project.  There is evidence of shared information and peer editing..




(6 points)

Complete incorporation of all all team members in all of the items of the newspaper. It truly represents the perspective and experiences of each of the individuals assigned.

(8 points)

 

 

Accuracy

 

 

Few of the facts within the  paper are accurate with over 6 errors in content and/or biases.

(2 points)

Generally the facts within the paper are accurate with 4-6 errors in content  and/or biases.

(4 points)

Most of the facts within the paper are accurate with 1-3 errors in content or biases.


(6 points)

All of the facts within the  paper are accurate with no errors in content or biases.


(8 points)

 

 

Presentation

 

There are more than 11 spelling mistakes or grammatical errors. Also, the page is not neat, not typed and unattractive.

(2 points)

There are 6-10 spelling mistakes or grammatical errors. Also, the page is somewhat neat, typed and decently attractive.

(4 points)

There are 1-5 spelling mistakes or grammatical errors. Also, the page mostly neat, typed and fairly attractive.


(6 points)

There are no spelling mistakes or grammatical errors. Also, the page is neat, typed and attractive.



(8 points)

 

 

Conclusion:

After exploring the experiences of those who lived through the Holocaust, you realized that there are many perspectives to the same event.  Hopefully this WebQuest has allowed you to see the events of the Holocaust and how it affected every person differently.  By creating the newspaper, you were able to see more clearly what life was like for a person living in this time period whether it be a German, a Jew, or an Allied soldier.   In the discussion and sharing of information within your group, you were able to explore these different roles.  This allowed you to experience a range of views from people of completely different backgrounds. 

The Students should walk away from this experience with: