Webquests


WEBQUEST
  1. How are Aboriginals in Australia and the Maori in New Zealand portrayed in film. You can watch, for example, Once We Were Warriors (1994), Australia (2008) or Whale Rider (2002).
  2. Read this article “Australia versus New Zealand” and find out about the cultural differences between Aboriginals and the Maori.
  3. Use these sources to find out what kinds of threats white people posed to Aboriginal people and the Maori:
  4. Why were Aboriginal children moved from there homes? What the terms “assimilation” and “the lost generation” refer to? What is xenophobia?
YOUR PRESENTATION AND HANDOUT
  1. Prepare a PowerPoint or Prezi about what you have learned on your webquest. Be critical and express your own opinions about any written sources or images. Use key words, videos and excerpts!
  2. Prepare a handout for the rest of the class. The handout should include:
    • 10 challenging words (translated into Finnish or explained in English)
    • a picture and a caption
    • a brief summary Maori and Aboriginal cultures and history
    • who the lost children were
    • sources
  3. Prepare to present your findings to the rest of the class. Your job is to teach them the best you can! Tell us all about it, don’t read from a paper. You are the experts!
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WEBQUEST

The Nobel Peace Prize is the most prestigious peace prize in the world. Some of the laureates are obvious good guys and gals – some, however, have been more controversial.

http://nobelprize.org/ is an excellent web page with lots of information.

YOUR PRESENTATION AND HANDOUT
  1. Prepare a PowerPoint presentation to the class. You should answer at least the following questions:
    • What is the history behind the Nobel Peace Prize?
    • Who chooses the winner of the prize?
    • Who chooses the candidates?
    • Tell the class about the work of one laureate who you think really deserved the Nobel Prize.
    • Tell the class about the work of one laureate who should not have been given the prize in your opinion.
    • What do you think about the Nobel Peace Prize institution?
  2. Prepare a handout for the rest of the class. The handout should include:
    • the most important things about the Nobel Peace Prize
    • 10 challenging words (translated into Finnish or explained in English)
    • sources
  3. Prepare to present your findings to the rest of the class. Your job is to teach them as best you can! Tell us all about it, don’t read from a paper. You are the experts!
WEBQUEST

Most people have strong opinions about Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. But, how many have actually read Hitler’s magnum opus Main Kampf?

If you choose this webquest, you will become an expert on Nazi ideology.

Read chapter XI (pages 389-457) from Hitler’s book. You can download Mein Kampf in English here. Wikipedia also has an excellent article about Adolf Hitler. Read his biography here.

YOUR PRESENTATION AND HANDOUT
  1. Prepare a PowerPoint or Prezi based on what you have learned on your webquest. Be critical and express your own opinions about the text. Use key words! You can also show the class video footage if you want to.
  2. Make a handout for the rest of the class. The handout should include:
    • a short introduction to Mein Kampf
    • an excerpt from Mein Kampf and your analysis of it
    • a short biography of Adolf Hitler
    • 10 challenging words (translated into Finnish or explained in English)
    • sources
  3. Prepare to present your findings to the rest of the class. Your job is to teach them as best you can! Tell us all about it, don’t read from a paper. You are the experts!

Antti held a lecture on the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Like most lectures that try to teach the basics of a historical process, Antti’s lecture focused on the macro-level: the holocaust, the Israeli declaration of independence, the wars with the neighboring countries and the differing views of the Israelis and the Palestinians.

Joe Sacco’s book Palestine focuses on the micro-level. Mr. Sacco travelled around the occupied Palestinian areas in 1991 and 1992. The result of his trip was the award-winning comic book Palestine. Palestine shows what life is like under Israeli military occupation. Sacco tells touching stories of Palestinian people of all ages – stories that are often forgotten because newspapers and teachers focus on the wars, political negotiations, and missile attacks.

You can borrow the book from Antti.

YOUR PRESENTATION AND HANDOUT

  1. Your job is to tell the class about everyday life in Palestine. You can tell the class, for example, what it is like to be a teenager in Palestine.
  2. Prepare a PowerPoint or Prezi based on what you have learned on your webquest. Be critical and express your own opinions about the text. Use key words! You can also show the class video footage if you want to. Then publish it as a blog post under the appropriate category.
  3. Prepare a handout for the rest of the class. The handout should include:
    • a short introduction to the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
    • what do the Israelis and the Palestinians argue about, why is the conflict so hard to resolve?
    • what is life like in Palestine? what did you learn from Joe Sacco’s book?
    • an excerpt from Joe Sacco’s Palestine and your analysis of it
    • ten challenging words (with translations or explanations in English)
    • sources
  4. Prepare to present your findings to the rest of the class. Your job is to teach them the best you can! tell us about it, don’t read from a paper. You are the experts!

WEBQUEST

Not all who killed jews during the Second World War were Nazis. Most soldiers were ordinary men – people who took care of their children, loved their wives and liked going to the movies. Still these ordinary men somehow became murderers. How?

Christopher Browning tries to answer this question in his book Ordinary Men – Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland. Mr. Browning has studied one battalion whose soldiers were police men from Hamburg. Browning has studied documents of the war crimes tribunal, diaries of the soldiers, letters sent home from the front and military documents. His research shows how ordinary men became murderers and how the most horrifying acts became a part of everyday life at the front,

Read chapters 7 (Initiation to Mass Murder: The Josefow Massacre) and 8

(Reflections on a Massacre) from Christopher R. Browning’s book. You will get the text from Antti.

Try to answer the question: “What makes a murderer?”

YOUR PRESENTATION AND HANDOUT
  1. Prepare a PowerPoint based on what you have learned on your webquest. Be critical and express your own opinions about the text. Use key words! You can also show the class video footage if you want to.
  2. Prepare a handout for the rest of the class. The handout should include:
    • a short introduction to the holocaust, the concentration camps in Eastern Europe and a timeline
    • an excerpt from Ordinary Men and your analysis of it
    • 10 challenging words (translated into Finnish or explained in English)
    • sources
  3. Prepare to present your findings to the rest of the class. Your job is to teach them as best you can! Tell us all about it, don’t read from a paper. You are the experts!
WEBQUEST
  1. Take a look at these slave advertisements. What do you think?
  2. Listen to Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe and do the tasks, then read this excerpt, Tom’s Mistress and Her Opinions.
    • How does Stowe portray Negro women in her novel? What is a mammy, according to her and many other white authors? What is your opinion of this type of character?
  3. Find out who Harriet Beecher Stowe was. Don’t forget the historical context!
  4. The book was inspired by real events. Find out what life was like for Negro women during slavery by reading actual accounts by former slaves:
YOUR PRESENTATION AND HANDOUT
  1. Prepare a PowerPoint or Prezi about what you have learned on your webquest. Be critical and express your own opinions about any written sources or images. Use key words, videos and excerpts!
  2. Prepare a handout for the rest of the class. The handout should include:
    • Harriet Beecher Stowe: a short biography
    • an excerpt from Uncle Tom’s Cabin or a slave narrative + your analysis of it
    • 10 challenging words (translated into Finnish or explained in English)
    • a picture and a caption
    • a brief summary of life as a slave girl
    • sources
  3. Prepare to present your findings to the rest of the class. Your job is to teach them the best you can! Tell us all about it, don’t read from a paper. You are the experts!
WEBQUEST
  • Check this out: The Jamestown Online Adventure. Then research two terms: the Noble Savage and the Savage Beast. Use Google, but be smart about the key words (i.e. Native American, Indian, Noble Savage, Article, Research) or use GoogleScholar.
  • The question of Indian removal was an important political issue in the 1830s. In 1835 President Andrew Jackson favored the removal and the Cherokee opposed it. Why did Jackson favor removal?
  • Research the causes and effects of moving the Cherokee from their homes in Georgia using these sites:
  • Analyze Andrew Jackson’s statement, “All preceding experiments for the improvement of the Indians have failed. It seems now to be an established fact they can not live in contact with a civilized community and prosper.” What evidence have you discovered in your research that might disprove this?
  • Watch the trailer for Dances With Wolves (US 1990) or the whole movie if you can find it! Think about myth vs. reality, perhaps read this interesting article 6 Ridiculous Lies You Believe About Founding America.
  • What kind of portrayal of Native Americans does the movie offer? What part does Kevin Costner play? What is the historical setting?
  • Then watch the following videos and compare. What Native American stereotypes do these Hollywood movies/cartoons enforce?
YOUR PRESENTATION AND HANDOUT
  1. Prepare a PowerPoint or Prezi on Native Americans based on your research. Be critical and express your own opinions about Hollywood and stereotypes. Use key words, images, music, and videos!
  2. Prepare a handout for the rest of the class. The handout should include:
    • explanations for the terms Noble Savage and Savage Beast
    • a brief history of the Cherokee
    • 10 challenging words (translated into Finnish or explained in English)
    • a summary of Hollywood stereotypes + pictures
    • sources
  3. Prepare to present your findings to the rest of the class. Your job is to teach them as best you can. Tell us all a story, don’t read from a paper. You are the experts!

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