Tuesdays With Morrie WebQuest

Introduction

Morrie is an extremely lovable college professor who—in his late sixties—finds out that he is dying. The story of his last few weeks on earth is told by Mitch, one of Morrie's former students, who happens to bump into him during his final days.

To better understand Mitch’s "final class” with Morrie, work through this WebQuest and take notes on your Google Doc.

Task

Answer the following questions with supporting, specific details from the websites on your Google Doc.

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Website One: https://www.als.org

ALS Association

In the book, Morrie is diagnosed with ALS.  Click on the above link and the “learn more” tab to answer the following questions about the nature of ALS:

 

1.  What does ALS stand for?  For what famous person is ALS named?

 

2.  At what age are people usually diagnosed with ALS?

 

3.  What is the basic nature of this disease?

 

Click on the link on the right side of the screen: "Symptoms and Diagnosis".  Then answer the following questions:

4.  What are some of the early signs of ALS?

 

5.  Which areas of the body are usually affected first?

 

6.  What parts of the body are generally NOT affected by the disease?  How do you think this would affect a person diagnosed with this disease?

 

Click on the link:  “What is ALS?"  Then answer the following questions:

 

7.  What are the types of ALS?

 

8.  Which is the most prevalent?  What percentage of this type is present in the US?

 

Scroll down to the "Facts You Should Know".  Then answer the following questions:

9.  Describe the life expectancy of someone diagnosed with ALS.

10. What are at 2 interesting facts you did not know about ALS?

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Website Two: https://www.mitchalbom.com/about/

Use the above link or other sources to answer the following questions about the author:

10.  List two other novels written by Mitch Albom.

 

11.  Who produced the film version of Tuesdays with Morrie?

 

12.  Who were the two stars of that film?

 

13.  Besides writing novels, name two other areas in which Mitch is involved.

 

14.  Describe two of the charities has Albom founded.

 

15.  Which award did Albom win in 2010?

 

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Website Three:  https://www.brandeis.edu/about/

Use the above link or other sources to answer the following questions about the Brandeis University, where Morrie, Mitch’s professor, taught at:

 

16.  When was Brandeis founded?

 

17.  Which religious group sponsors the school?

 

18.  Describe the school’s focus and accomplishments in two sentences.

 

19.  Where is the school located?