Helen Keller: Webquest

A WebQuest for 2nd Grade (Social Studies)

Designed by Jennifer Northcraft

nort2081@pacificu.edu

Put some interesting graphic representing the content here

Introduction | Task | Process | Evaluation | Conclusion | Credits | Teacher Page


Introduction

What if you were blind? What if you were deaf? What if you were both blind and deaf? How could you live? What do you think it would be like?

Helen Keller knew what it was like to be both blind and deaf. Helen Keller was a bright and lively infant, but at the age of 19 months she contracted a fever. The fever left her blind and deaf.

During her life Helen Keller was one of the world's greatest heroes. Her remarkable story was well known throught the world.


Task

You are writing an article for your classroom newspaper. You will research the following questions and then post your findings in your newspaper article.

Task 1:

Who was Helen Keller? What made her so unique?

Task 2:

Who was Anne Sullivan? What connection was made between Anne and Helen on April 5, 1887?

Task 3:

How many gestures had Helen developed? What type of communication did Anne use with Helen?

Task 4:

Where did Anne take Helen when Helen's breakthrough occured?

Task 5:

List some important achievements that helen Keller achieved as an adult.

Task 6:

What event occured on June 1, 1968?

Process

1. Your teacher will divide the whole class into groups and assign each group a seperate question.

2. After you have been put into a group you will then research the following questions using the web addresses below:

Task 1:Helen Falls Ill

Who was Helen Keller? What made her so unique?

Task 2: Anne Sullivan and Helen Meets Anne

Who was Anne Sullivan? How did Anne treat Helen in the beggining?

Task 3: Communication

How many gestures had Helen developed? What type of communication did Anne use with Helen?

Task 4: Break through

Where did Anne take Helen when Helen's breakthrough occured?

Task 5: Achievements

List some important achievements that helen Keller achieved as an adult.

Task 6:Helen Retires from public life/ Helen's Legacy

What event occured on June 1, 1968?

3. Then write and article about what your group has discovered about Helen Keller and then share your findings with the class.

Evaluation

You will be graded as a group on how well you researched by throughly answering the given questions and how well you write your article. You will also be graded on the following Rubrics guide.


Beginning

1

Developing

2

Accomplished

3

Exemplary

4

Score

 

Oral Presentations

 

Has voice projection. Negative body language. Has good voice projection. Negative body language. Poor pronunciation. Voice projection is good. Good posture and engaged. Prononucation and grammar usage is good. Voice projection so everyone can hear speaker. Body language shows that student is engaged. excellent control over grammar and pronuncuation.

 

Written Products

 

unsatisfactory level of grammar, has no organization, and no formatting is apparent. Shows some understanding of grammar spelling. Shows a low level of organizational abilities. Seems to have an understanding of grammar. Has organization. Formatting is apparent Grammar skills are above and beyond required knowledge. High level of organization. Formatting is outstanding.

 

Collaboration

 

Does not work well with team. Takes no responsibility. Show a low level of cooperation. litlle ability to take responsibility. Shows an average level of cooperation.  Takes responsibility for themselves. Solves conflicts. Shows high level of cooperation. Takes responsibility for the team and themselves. Shows ability to solve conflicts.

 

Research & Gather Information

 

Does not collect any information that relates to the topic. Collects very little information--some relates to the topic. Collects some basic information-- most relates to the topic. Collects a great deal of information--all relates to the topic.

 

Fulfill Team Role's Duties
Does not perform any duties of assigned team role. Performs very little duties. Perform nearly all duties. Performs all duties of assigned team role.

 

Share Equally
Always relys on others to do the work. Rarley does the assigned work often needs reminding Usually does the sddigned work. Rarley needs reminding Always does the assigned worked without having to be reminded.

Conclusion

By the end of this lesson students will have a better understanding of Helen Keller's life nad her accomplishments by reasearching questions and writing an article on what they have learned about her.

Students will have a better understanding of how technology can be used in the classroom. They will also become knowledgeable in the area of how to use a webqust.


Credits & References

The refernces that I used are all located in the process section of this paper. I thatnk the web site providers making my research much easier.

Last updated on (December 12, 2003). Based on a template from The WebQuest Page