Purpose

This website serves as the culminating assignment for Unit Three of the Alaska Studies course.

Rationale

Students often come in to the Alaska Studies class with little expectations that it will be valuable to them. Engaging them in the material is the primary challenge for the instructors. This assignment is designed to allow students to work independently as they use the Internet to research the topics rather than the more traditional approach of delivering instruction and requiring a written response. The hope is that the requirements of the assignment and the instruction provided by the assignment will allow the students to be successful in completing the project and, perhaps, enjoy doing it!

Learner Description

Alaska Studies is required for all Anchorage high school students. Most students take it in their junior or senior year. Therefore, the typical learner will be any high school junior or senior.

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for enrolment in Alaska Studies. Students are expected to have some familiarity with using Power point or other presentation software; it will make learning the Prezi software easier. Students should also be familiar with the difference between primary and secondary sources and how to properly cite material.

Instructional Objectives

Upon completion of this webquest, students should be able to:

  1. Accurately describe the five cultures of Alaska Natives giving details about geography, history, language, culture and subsistence.
  2. Perform Internet research.
  3. Provide basic references for Internet information.
  4. Reorganize information visually showing relationships between information and a hierarchy of importance of information.
  5. Create a Prezi presentation using a web 2.0 application.
  6. Present orally, the presentation.

Standards Addressed

The standards this webquest addresses are from the Alaska State Content and Performance Standards that can be found here.

Alaska State Standards for Alaska History; People Places and Environment:

The student demonstrates an understanding of the interaction between people and their physical environment by:

(2) Using texts/sources to analyze the similarities and differences in the cultural attributes (e.g. language, hunting, gathering practices, art, music/dance, beliefs, worldview) movement, interactions and settlement of Alaska Native peoples.

Alaska Content Standards for Technology

B: Locate, Select, Manage Information A student should be able to use technology to locate, select, and manage information. A student who meets the content standard should: identify and locate information sources using technology choose sources of information from a variety of media; and select relevant information by applying accepted research methods.

Subject Matter Description

This webquest follows a model designed by Bernie Dodge and Tom March. The student pages include all the instruction students should need to successfully master the material. there are five parts:

  1. Introduction - this page introduces the student to the topic to be mastered.
  2. Task - the specific assignment is given on this page.
  3. Process - very specific, linear instructions are provided on this page to assist the students in successfully meeting the requirements.
  4. Evaluation - an evaluation rubric is included on this page to allow students to know exactly what they must do to earn their grade.
  5. Conclusion - a sum-it-up page that revisits the topic and the assignment and provides affirmation for the completion of the project.

Assessment

The rubric found on the Evaluation page is the means by which the project is evaluated.