The mystery of creation



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Do you know how the moai were created? What techniques were adapted to erect the pyramids? Do you know who is the Mona Lisa? Can you come up with an answer to these questions? Discuss this mysteries, and others if you want, with your classmates


The British council has chosen you and your partner as candidates to be part of its project called “The mystery of creation”. In order to join, you have to investigate and present a hypothesis regarding an art’s mystery using all the vocabulary we have seen so far (for example: museums, artists you are fond of). Some mysteries that you can investigate about are Stonehenge, The Mona Lisa or Bansky. Thus, the British council has asked you to use expressions covered in classes, such as “I have never been in this place...” or “Have you ever visited a museum that...?” After the presentations are completed, there is going to be a poll to decide the mystery that the class liked the most. The winners are to receive a prize.


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Your first task is to investigate about different art mysteries, then select one of them and come up with a hypothesis explaining it. In your second task you are going to present in front of the class the hypothesis that you and your partner came with. You will have 5 minutes each to present your hypothesis with a minimum of 5 slides.


Process Management

Step 1: Gather in couples.

Step 2: With your partner, explore on the internet  the different mysteries surrounding ancient or modern pieces of art. Then, decide which one would you like to solve.

Step 3: Continue looking up for information about that specific art mystery, at least 3 interesting facts. Useful information/sites will be provided by the teacher (Resources section).

Step 4: You can use some of these questions to guide your investigation: Is the author/creator known to the public? Do we know when it was built/created? Is there any other similar mystery across the world? Is the explanation to this mystery logical? Are people still trying to find out what/how it happened? After that, discuss the answers with your partner and try to give the mystery a logical explanation, that is, a hypothesis with at least 3 supporting arguments.

Step 5: Prepare a PPT including pictures and some evidence for backing up your arguments, you must use vocabulary/expressions according to the activity, and covered during the unit, for example: puzzle, I have been in this place, researchers, author, centuries, jigsaw, etc.

Step 6: Present your PPT, and bewitch your audience by unraveling the mystery. Mind your use of english (grammar, vocabulary).



How to create a hypothesis:…


How to solve a mystery:







You are to be assessed according to the task required in this webquest (your detective techniques for the investigation, the arguments provided supporting your hypothesis, and how you present the product to the audience).









There is no evidence of investigation. The student does not present any fact.

There is evidence of investigation (1 interesting fact).

There is evidence of investigation (2 interesting facts).

There is evidence of a well prepared investigation (+2 interesting facts).

Information processing

Student do not present a hypothesis

Student present a hypothesis

(1 arguments)

Student present a hypothesis

(2 arguments)

Student present a well developed hypothesis

(+2 arguments)


Students do not comply with the time requirements. No slides are used.

Student presents for 2 minutes using 2 slides.

Student presents for 4 minutes. Between 3 and 4 slides are used.

Students comply with the time requirements, using at least 5 slides.




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Once this Webquest has been completed, the British Council will accept you as a honorable member of the international community. Hats off! Do not forget what you have learned, share your knowledge to whomever you want, they might know of other conundrums as well! Maybe one day you will be able to decipher the enigma. 

Follow up activities: 

In case your appetite was not satisfied, and your curiosity asks for more, here are some quite interesting facts for you:

Mysteries of the bible: 

Mysteries hidden in famous paintings: 

The mystery of the Pyramids:



Pedro Rivera

Richard Urra

Teacher Page

For further use:

This class was desgined to develop the cognitive abilities of the students by making them think out of the box to come up with different hypothesis. The idea is that they can discuss about a certain topic, in this case art, and come up with different ideas, promoting their curiosity and cooperative skills. Therefore, it is recommendable to use this task to develop or introduce the scientific method to your students. 


Grade Level: 1st High School, Instituto de Humanidades.

Unit 3, The Arts

Curriculum: English language

Keywords: Work of art, music, literature, art, museum, theatre, library, century, influence, I have never, have you ever…?, fond of, dancer, writer, composer, artist, orchestra.

Context, details: The school counts with a fully equipped computer lab, and internet connection; also, there are computers and other devices available for each student.

High Order Skills: Evaluating/Judging - Explaining why.