Margaret Atwood's WebQuest


Welcome to the Margaret Atwood WebQuest. Your goal is to gather information about Margaret Atwood and maybe become an expert about her life at the end. Before you become an expert about her life, you will need background knowledge of her life and writing style.


In this WebQuest you will learn about the life, works, and impact of the Canadian author, Margaret Atwood. Through this quest, you will search into various online resources to uncover the layers of Atwood's literary contributions, her themes, and the cultural context that shaped her writing and who she is today.


Read this article and answer the following questions:
1. Atwood's literary journey reaches various genres, from poetry and historical fiction to speculative and dystopian novels. How does her writing style evolve across different genres, and what recurring motifs or concerns can be identified throughout her body of work?

2. The article mentions that Margaret Atwood's books receive praise not only in Canada but also in the United States and Europe. Can you identify one novel or collection that has gathered significant attention internationally, and how has Atwood's global reception contributed to her influence as a writer?

3. How are the themes in Margaret Atwood's early poetry illustrated in the article, particularly focusing on the critics and the concerns related to isolation and communication?


Watch the following video. This video is from an interview from "Penguin Platform" where they ask Margaret Atwood what inspires her to write her books. Atwood discusses her creative process from real-life events and highlights her resistance to categorize her work as science fiction, emphasizing the realistic events are embedded in fiction for her narratives.

1. Margaret Atwood gets inspiration from real-life events and technologies for her writing. What examples does she give for her sources of inspiration and how does this approach contribute to her storytelling?

2. Atwood differentiates her work as speculative fiction over science fiction. How does Margaret define these terms? How does this distinction align to her storytelling and addressing societal issues?

3. The article mentions the reactions to "The Handmaid's Tale" and the varied responses in England, Canada, and the United States. Can you elaborate on these reactions and how they reflect the cultural and societal contexts of each country during that time?


Now it's your turn to investigate Atwood on your own. Look for articles or opinions on her themes on current societal issues. Pick an issue that Margaret Atwood is an activist for and write a paragraph on how she supports it and how it's incorporated in her writing?

Criteria Excellent (4) Good (3) Satisfactory (3) Inadequate (1)
Understanding of Margaret Atwood Student demonstrates an exceptional understanding of Margaret Atwood's life, works, and impact, providing detailed responses that go beyond the information presented in the WebQuest. Student displays a solid understanding of Margaret Atwood, addressing key aspects from the WebQuest. Student exhibits a basic understanding of Margaret Atwood, but responses lack depth and may rely heavily on information provided in the WebQuest. Student displays a lack of understanding of Margaret Atwood, providing inaccurate or irrelevant responses that indicate little to no engagement with the WebQuest.
Critical Analysis Student critically analyzes the WebQuest content, offering insightful observations and reflections that demonstrate a high level of critical thinking. Student attempts to include additional sources, but the integration is weak, and the choice of sources may not significantly contribute to the depth of understanding. Student's integration of additional sources is minimal, and the chosen sources may be irrelevant or fail to enhance the overall understanding of Atwood's work. Student does not incorporate additional sources into their responses, missing the opportunity to enhance their understanding.
Presentation and Clarity
Student presents responses in a clear, organized, and well-articulated manner, effectively communicating ideas with minimal errors or no errors.
Student's presentation is generally clear, but has noticeable issues in organization and structure. Student's presentation is unclear, not to organized, or poorly. Student's presentation is extremely unclear, disorganized, and poorly.



Through your research into the life of Margaret Atwood you have now the knowledge and background information needed to reflect on what you have learned.


Thank you to Penguin Platform and Poetry Foundation for the resources.

Penguin Platform. “How Margaret Atwood Writes Her Books.” YouTube, 21 Nov. 2019,

Poetry Foundation. “Margaret Atwood | Poetry Foundation.” Poetry Foundation,

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