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Few students understand the worlds presented through literature of far-off times and places. This webquest was created to help English IV students gain perspective of what it was like to live in Jane Austen’s England. After completing the webquest, students should have built sufficient background knowledge to increase their analysis and enjoyment of Austen’s Sense and Sensibility.
Most students are reluctant to read when the language seems difficult and they have little understanding of the world presented by the author. This webquest is designed to increase the student’s knowledge and interest by exposing them to Jane Austen’s world. Mangelson and Castek (2008) describe the benefits of using a webquest to enhance the teaching of literature by providing an engaging platform for student learning. It is appropriate for all learners at the upper senior high level, and allows students of differing abilities to participate. The resources chosen for the project provide primary source materials as well as visuals to aid in understanding. The culminating activity requires a creative presentation that will present the results of the research and allow the student the opportunity to share their presentation with classmates.
Students are encouraged to place emphasis on accurately representing the Regency period in England and communicating their research by demonstrating their understanding of the time period, as reflected in the grading rubric. This focus centers on Habits of the Mind #6, Striving for Accuracy, and # 9, Thinking and Communicating with Clarity.
Mangelson, J., & Castek, J. (2008). Engaging students with webquests. Book Links, 46-47.