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#4100. Victorian WebQuest / Pride & Prejudice

Literature, level: Senior
Posted Mon Jan 28 13:20:47 PST 2008 by Crystal Bailey (CrystalBailey@pickens.k12.sc.us).
Victorian WebQuest
Materials Required: Computers for each students.
Activity Time: Five days (90 period blocks)

Discovering the Victorian Era with Jane Austen

Teacher Name: Crystal Bailey
Subject: English IV
Class Periods: 5
Date(s): May 5 - 16
Daily Review:
x Prior Learning
x Objective
x Thinking Skills

Academic Objectives:
1.What was going on in Victorian English Society?
2.What happened in history during this time to
help shape writers?
3.What language changes have taken place since
Austen wrote?
4.How have the above changes impacted England
and English society today?

South Carolina
Standard(s):
E4 -- 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 5.4, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5, 6.7

•Lesson Introduction: Begin with a brief overview of Victorian England. Explain what is would have been like for women in the 1800's: Rights, Marriage, Writing, etc. Then introduce Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Introduce the essential questions for the lesson:

1.Why do you think women wrote despite criticism
and possible ostracism?
2.Why is it important for us to focus on
Victorian novels?
3.What can we learn from these novels?

Introduce WebQuest and how to do one. Divide students into groups of 5 (groups of less than 5 can do a shorter version by leaving off certain articles).

•Instructional Process
Activity #1: Pre-assessment vocabulary quiz
Activity #2: Introduce new vocabulary words
(I use the Quack cd)
Activity #3: PowerPoint -- overview of Victorian
society/history
Activity #4: Introduce and explain
Activity #5: Handouts -- go to library to start
assignment.

•Homework or extension activity: This will be produced in class and sufficient time will be granted for students to perform the WebQuest as well as complete the assignment.

•Assessment/Reflection: (Strategy/Result) I will assess the project by how well students completed the project as a group as well as on an individual basis. The project should be produced in Microsoft Word or Publisher. Students should produce a magazine discussing the Victoria era: society, history, the author -- Jane Austen, and other aspects of the time.

Targeted Practices
Assessment -- the project will be assessed as a whole and on an individual basis. Students should use seven new vocabulary terms in each article.
Cooperative Learning -- Students work in groups and must work as a whole to a produce final product.
Technology/Internet -- Students get to use the internet as well as the computer to create a finished product.