Poetry Webquest


Hello students!

Over the last couple of weeks, we have discussed several different types of poems. In this activity, you will read a narrative poem called "The Walrus and the Carpenter", read a nonfiction article and type an argumentative paragraph to be posted on Seesaw. 

This will count as a grade...good luck


After completing the assigned readings, you will type an argumentative paragraph on the following prompt- "Is Curiosity Worth the Risk?" After you complete your paragraph, you will post it to our classroom Seesaw journal page. 


1. Read the poem, "The Walrus and the Carpenter" by Lewis Carroll. 


2. Watch the clip of the poem for a visual. 

3. Read the nonfiction article below and watch the embedded video on the link. 



4. Consider the question, "Is Curiosity Worth the Risk?" and type an argumentative paragraph on Google Docs where you make one of two claims (Curiosity is worth the risk or Curiosity is not worth the risk.) Your paragraph must include evidence to support your claim. 


5. After you type your paragraph, post it on our classroom Seesaw journal page. 


Poetry WebQuest Rubric


1 point

2 points

3 points

4 points

Overall Participation

Participated in less than half of the assignments and activities.

Participated in at least half of the assignments and activities.

Participated in most of the assignments and activities.

Actively participated in all the assignments and activities.

Argumentative  Paragraph Claim

No claim was made.

No clear claim was made or started with “I think”.

Claim was made but it was at the end of the paragraph.

Claim was clear and placed at the beginning of the paragraph.

Argumentative Paragraph Evidence

No evidence provided to support the claim.

Evidence was provided but did not help support claim.

Evidence supported the claim but no evidence starter was used to show where the evidence was from.

Evidence supported the claim and evidence starter was used to show where the evidence was from.

Grammar and Mechanics

4 or more grammar and/or mechanics mistakes.

3 grammar and/or mechanics mistakes.

2 grammar and/or mechanics mistakes.

1 or less grammar and/or mechanics mistakes.


I hope you all had fun reading this poem and article! Lewis Carroll is also the author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, which is why you saw a clip from the movie after you read the poem. If you liked his poem, here are some others you may be interested in reading! 



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Teacher Page

This lesson is designed to expose students to two different mediums, poetry and nonfiction, in order to have the students gather information necessary to write an argumentative paragraph. Each example only takes a few minutes to read through or listen through.

This lesson would probably work best at the end of a poetry unit and after argumentative writing has been introduced because it requires students to utilize previously learned material and then incorporate the knowledge and skills into their finished product.