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This is the lesson plan for WebQuest: Florence, Italy. In short, this page was created to provide educators with the purpose, rationale, learner description, prerequisites, instructional objectives, standards, subject matter, and assessments associated with this specific WebQuest activity.

Purpose

WebQuest: Florence, Italy was created to facilitate high order thinking in creating and designing a functional travel plan. Essentially, travel plans are a part of everyday life around the world. They are used in a variety of businesses transactions, political agendas, non-profit coordination, and personal vacations. Additionally, they can be used as a valuable teaching tool with regards to the geography, history, and customs of a particular culture. In short, travel plans are an extremely popular way to organize a variety of travel related information into one central document. Nevertheless, although they remain extremely popular; travel plans are still not without their developmental obstacles. In essence, travel plans can be difficult to create and execute when specific perimeters are involved. Thus, this WebQuest was created to aid individuals in learning how to plan within those perimeters and how to avoid any obstacles that might arise.

Rationale

The critical thinking skills of planning and scheduling are essential in the modern world. In short creating a travel plan provides an activity with real-world application where students can understand the value and of time in today’s world. In the end, it is the correlation of time and money that will aid in developing a student’s understand of forecasting, planning, and productivity.

Learner Description

This WebQuest was created for high school English students and involves some history and math related skills. Additionally, this WebQuest may also be adapted for use with any destination.

Prerequisites

This Web Quest assumes students are familiar with actions associated general Web browser interfaces, Internet navigation, word processing, and spreadsheet development.

Instructional Objectives

As a result of completing this WebQuest the learner will be able to:

  • identify famous cultural landmarks in Florence;
  • describe the historical significance of each site and artifact;
  • analyze general information for specific data;
  • synthesize the requested balance of activities, time, and budget into an organized plan
  • create a viable monetary budget;
  • design a tangible and functional travel plan

Standards Addressed

The set of standards selected for this WebQuest are the: NATIONAL STANDARDS FOR LANGUAGE ARTS BY THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF TEACHERS OF ENGLISH

These standards may be downloaded from the NCTE site at:
http://www.ncte.org/library/NCTEFiles/Resources/Books/Sample/StandardsDoc.pdf

The specific standards met through this WebQuest are the following:

NL-ENG.K-12.7 EVALUATING DATA

Students conduct research on issues and interests by generating ideas and questions, and by posing problems. They gather, evaluate, and synthesize data from a variety of sources (e.g., print and nonprint texts, artifacts, people) to communicate their discoveries in ways that suit their purpose and audience.

NL-ENG.K-12.8 DEVELOPING RESEARCH SKILLS

Students use a variety of technological and information resources (e.g., libraries, databases, computer networks, video) to gather and synthesize information and to create and communicate knowledge.

NL-ENG.K-12.9 MULTICULTURAL UNDERSTANDING

Students develop an understanding of and respect for diversity in language use, patterns, and dialects across cultures, ethnic groups, geographic regions, and social roles.

NL-ENG.K-12.12 APPLYING LANGUAGE SKILLS

Students use spoken, written, and visual language to accomplish their own purposes (e.g., for learning, enjoyment, persuasion, and the exchange of information).

Subject Matter Description

This WebQuest follows the WebQuest model developed by Bernie Dodge and Tom March. It contains the following sections for learners:

  • Introduction: This section provides an overview to help students become acquainted with the WebQuest material.
  • Task: The task to be completed in this WebQuest is described here. Learners will develop a travel plan. This document will be created in a word processor. The final draft should be high quality and exhibit the learner’s consideration of constraints like a balance of activities, a time frame, and a budget.
  • Process: This section of the WebQuest provides a list of steps to follow. Students will synthesize information found information found on the web and video clips. A report will be used to talk about various tourist sites, their history, and their specific, physical characteristics. The report will be turned in during the middle of the first week. After the report, learners will work individually to develop a travel plan that is suitable for the given scenario.
  • Evaluation: The WebQuest rubric is provided to allow individuals to self-score their projects. This same rubric will be used by the teacher to grade the student’s submitted assignment.
  • Conclusion: This section is used to prompt the learner to think about what they have learned during this WebQuest and how it will help them in the future.

Assessment

Leaners will produce a report and a travel plan base on the historical tourist spots of Florence, Italy. The travel plan will consider the perimeters of a given scenario. These products will be assessed with the rubric located in the evaluation section of the WebQuest.