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Using WebQuests in the Social Studies Classroom

Using WebQuests in the Social Studies Classroom
A Culturally Responsive Approach

August 2008 | 152 pages | Corwin
This book provides practical strategies for using WebQuests in the secondary social studies classroom. WebQuests are inquiry-oriented, collaborative student activities that focus on using web-based information to enhance higher-level analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. The authors show how classroom teachers can optimize learning, enhance student inquiry, and promote greater intercultural understanding by infusing this simple, yet powerful, model into their daily classroom instruction. This comprehensive resource provides guidelines, tips, and step-by-step instructions for teachers who want to develop a variety of WebQuests for use during the school year.
Why This Book?  
Real Voices... Typical Classroom Challenges  
Practical, Usable Curriculum Content  
About the Authors
1. The Challenge of Culturally Responsive Teaching
Meet Harrison Songolo  
The Need for a Culturally Responsive Context  
The Larger Narrative  
Powerful Social Studies... Powerful Citizens  
Imaginative Entry  
The Quest for Connections  
2. The Technologically Competent Social Studies Teacher
The NETS Project  
Essential Conditions for Successful Technology Integration  
Technology Resources  
Special Considerations for Classroom Technology  
Web Site Accessibility  
Assistive Technology  
Legal Implications  
Online Technology Resources  
3. The WebQuest Model
Background and History  
Why Use the WebQuest Model?  
Example WebQuest No. 1: Exploring Socio-Economic Conditions  
One Zambia, One Nation?  
4. Designing WebQuests
Core Components of a WebQuest  
Other Components of the Model  
Design Process  
Selecting a Primary Design Tool  
Assessing WebQuests  
Online Resources  
5. Getting Started: Learners, Topics, and Design Patterns
Getting Started  
Anita’s Classroom  
Meet Happy-Hardy Guinguing  
Brainstorming WebQuest Ideas  
General Social Studies  
Online Resources: Social Studies Topics  
Culturally Responsive Topics  
Online Resources: Cultural Sensitivity  
Anita’s Challenge: Teaching World Religions  
Design Patterns  
Example WebQuest No. 2: World Religions and Conflicts  
Religious Conflict: Is an End in Sight?  
6. Authentic and Engaging Tasks
Meet Juan Pablo Escoriza  
Posing Authentic Problems to Challenge Thinking Skills  
Brainstorming WebQuest Tasks  
Exercises: Tasks From Example WebQuests in Previous Chapters  
Chart of Possible Tasks  
Online Resources  
Example WebQuest No. 3: Immigration: Past, Present, and Future  
Lights, Camera, Action! An Immigration Perspective  
7. Evaluation Rubrics
Meet Vladimir Emilov Evtimov  
Using Rubrics  
Online Tools  
How Many Rubrics?  
Rubric Dimensions and Scale  
Exercises: Evaluation Rubrics From Example WebQuests  
Online Resources  
Example WebQuest No. 4: Effective Use of Maps and Geographic Tools  
Calling All Cartographers!  
8. The WebQuest Process: How, What, and When
Meet Haseena Niazi  
Teams and Roles  
Exercises: Teams and Roles From Example WebQuests  
Choosing Appropriate Resources  
Internet Resources  
Search Engines  
Selecting Web Sites  
Social Studies Links  
Accessibility Issues  
Copyright, Fair Use, and Citation of Sources  
Other Resources  
Exercises: Resources From Example WebQuests  
Online Resources  
Example WebQuest No. 5: Voting Rights and Responsibilities  
Let Our Voices Be Heard!  
9. Finalizing Your WebQuest Design
Meet Poroma Kanya  
WebQuest Introductions  
WebQuest Conclusions  
Using Images and Other Tools  
Teacher Page and Credits  
Assessing Your WebQuest  
Tom March’s Seven Points for a Great WebQuest  
10. The Challenge Ahead: A Quest for Peace
Humanistic Education  
Choices for the 21st-Century Education Program  
A Workable Peace  
Freedom Writers  
A Final Quest  
Keeping the Quest Alive  
Other Resources
A. Ten Thematic Strands in Social Studies  
B. National Education Technology Standards for Students  
C. Sites for Selecting Specialized Resources  
D. Standards Associated With Example WebQuests  
Suggested Readings: Cultural Responsiveness in the Classroom

"Founded on a well-established educational rationale, this book takes the critical and challenging step of helping teachers integrate culturally responsive education into their own practice. By using real student stories, the authors spin an engaging narrative that informs and entertains."

Tom March, Codeveloper

"Shows teachers how to create quality WebQuests using constructivist principles while also encouraging teacher reflection. The book has inspired me in my efforts to make my teaching responsive to students’ needs and the real-world requirements of our education system."

Greg Oppel, Social Studies Teacher
Edmond Memorial High School, OK

"Offers endless resources for the novice or experienced teacher. In a culturally diverse classroom, WebQuests provide students with an opportunity to showcase their cultures and take pride in their learning. While the text is geared to the social studies teacher, the steps of the WebQuest are explained so that any teacher in any discipline may develop and utilize this resource in their curriculum."

Luis M. Oliveira, Spanish Teacher
Middletown High School, RI

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Chapter 1: The Challenge of Culturally Responsive Teaching

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