One of your favorite childhood memories is listening to Grandpa John tell the stories of his adventures during his time in the Civil War. The heroic action, the dangerous battles, the life changing events, and the emotional investment have all stuck out in your heart and mind while growing up. You always looked up to him as a hero for his service to his country. You grew up thinking, hoping, and praying that you would one be able to fight and serve for your country the in the same way. You have always wanted to follow in Grandpa John´s footprints, and leave a legacy similar to his.
Your task for this Webquest is to step into the boots of an American who is going to fight in Europe during World War 1. There are 5 specific stages of the war that you will go through during your year of service: (1) on the way to war, (2) arriving in Europe, (3) fighting in a trench, (4) being ready to go home, and hearing a rumor about the Treaty of Versailles, and (5) learning that the war has ended. You will pretend as if you are actually going through these stages while your character experiences them throughout the Webquest.
This webquest has multiple assignments linked to it so that I can assess your understanding over the topics in multiple ways. Certain assignments will help teach or reinforce knowledge on World War 1, while others may serve as check point that will allow you to summarize and create quick videos over what you have learned thus far. There is a war propaganda argument, a quick Google Forms assessment that will assess your understanding of a few key topics that I want you to remember, as well as a journaling assignment that will allow you to be a creative writer while you experience World War 1.
SECTION 1: Before Your Arrival In Europe
This is the day you have been preparing for since you joined the Army 2 years ago. The United States decided to enter the biggest war the world has seen up to this date. You chat with the other soldiers around you, and you tell them how excited you are to finally get to the action, and to show the other side which country is boss.
Image: A group of American Soldiers during WW1.
SECTION 1 Questions
Use this link to answer the following questions: World War 1: Facts For Kids
SECTION 2: Your Arrival In Europe
It didn’t take long before you arrived in Europe. You begin to look around at this new environment, and you take in the experience. This area looks a lot different than your home in America, and you can tell that this land is under extreme attack. Your stomach starts to turn as you realize that this is real. Your excitement turns into nervousness as your commander calls you to attention so that he can inform your platoon of their first assignment. You are officially a soldier at war.
Image: First Battle of the Marne.
SECTION 2 Questions
Use this link to answer the following questions: The War Begins
SECTION 3: Fighting From A Trench
It didn’t take long before you realize that your least favorite part of the war is having to fight in a trench. It is awful! You do not wish that experience on your worst enemy. You hope to live to tell your family in person, but since your survival during war is unknown, you keep your war stories recorded in your journal. In this journal, you especially point out how much you hate being in a trench.
Image: Soldiers fighting from a trench.
SECTION 3 Questions
Use this link to answer questions 1-7: Trench Warfare for Kids
Use this link to answer questions 8-9: Youtube : Life In A Trench
SECTION 4: Struggling To Reach The End
Roughly a year has gone by since you got off that ship to fight in “The War To End All Wars.” Almost all of the men you arrived with have died, and you are one of the last standing in your group. You know that the end is near. You can feel it, and you are ready. 3 men from your platoon are talking. You over hear rumors about a treaty that could end the war if it is signed, and you hope with everything inside of you that this is true.
Image: Soldiers check to see if their partner is alive or dead.
SECTION 4 Questions
Use this link for questions 1-3: End of World War 1
Use this link for questions 4-7: World War 1 Ending for Kids
Use this link for question 8: The Treaty of Versailles - Germany costs
SECTION 5: War Is Over!
When you hear the news, you literally jump for joy! The Treaty of Versailles was signed, and the war is finally over! You yell, laugh, and hug with the remaining members of your platoon. You are weak. You are exhausted. You are ready to go home. More importantly, you are proud. You have helped to serve your country, protect your people, and stand up for other countries around the war when they needed help. Bravo, soldier! Grandpa John would be proud.
Image: Newspaper headline after WW1 ends.
|Questions (4)||Student answered 1oo% of the questions throughout the Webquest.||
Student answered 75% of the questions throughout the Webquest.
|Student answered 5o% of the questions throughout the Webquest.||Student answered 25% of the questions throughout the Webquest.||Student did not answer the questions throughout the Webquest.|
|Challenges (4)||Student completed 100% of the challenges throughout the Webquest.||Student completed 75% of the challenges throughout the Webquest.||Student completed 50% of the challenges throughout the Webquest.||Student completed 25% of the challenges throughout the Webquest.||Student completed 0% of the challenges throughout the Webquest.|
|Propaganda Argument||Student completed 100% the Propaganda Argument while using 6th grade writing skills.||Student completed the majority of the Propaganda Argument while using 6th grade writing skills through the majority of the activity.||Student completed 50% of the Propaganda Argument. Student struggled with using 6th grade writing skills.||Student barely completed the Propaganda Argument. Student hardly used 6th grade writing skills.||Student did not attempt the Propaganda Argument.|
|Google Forms Assessment||Student completed both the multiple choice section and the short answer section on the Google Forms assessment.||Student completed the multiple choice section of the Google Forms assessment and started the short answer section.||Student completed the multiple choice section of the Google Forms assessment, but did not start the short answer section.||Student started the multiple choice section of the Google Forms assessment, but did not complete it. Student did not start the short answer section.||Student did not attempt the Google Forms assessment.|
|Journal Writing (4)||Student completed all 4 (100%) journal entries while using 6th grade writing skills.||
Student completed 3/4 (75%) journal entries while using 6th grade writing skills.
|Student completed 2/4 (50%) journal entries while using 6th grade writing skills.||Student completed 1/4 (25%) journal entries while using 6th grade writing skills.||Student did not attempt journal entries.|
|Grammar||Student made 0 grammatical errors in their writing.||Student made a few grammatical errors in their writing, but their writing was still understandable.||Student made a few grammatical errors in their writing that hindered the understanding of their writing.||Student made many grammatical errors in their writing.||The majority of the student´s work was unreadable due to too many grammatical errors.|
Total: ________ / 24 possible points
Now that you have completed your Webquest, it is your turn to give feedback!
1. What are some things that you liked about it?
2. What are some things that you disliked about it?
3. Was it easy to follow the assignment directions? Did all of the links work? Did you have any issues going through this assignment?
4. If you were to change something about this Webquest, what would it be?
5. What would you take away from this Webquest?
6. What are some different things you would add to this Webquest?
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