Step One: In order to understand the task of this Quest, you need to be familiar with how the game of Jeopardy! is played. Before going further in this Webquest, watch an episode of Jeopardy! on TV (check Jeopardy! website for local listings) and play a game online. Click on the Play Now button and then select the Jeopardy! Online Game option.
Notice how the answer is given first, and the contestant must phrase his response as a question: Who is. . . or What is . . . or Where is . . . . It is best to watch a game on TV and also to play the online version to best understand your task as a writer on the show.
After becoming familiar with how Jeopardy! is played, you and your team will gather information that answers these guiding questions.
1. What are the basic beliefs of Islam?
2. What were the important events in Muhammad's life?
3. What were the important teachings of Muhammad?
4. Compare Islam to Judaism. What teachings are found in both?
5. Compare Islam to Christianity. What teachings are found in both?
6. What beliefs are found in all three religions: Islam, Judaism, and Christianity? (Use a Venn diagram to find points of similarity among the three religions.)
Step Two: After gathering your information, you must write quiz items in Jeopardy! style.
A sample quiz item might be: Muhammad considered his role to be the same as Adam, Noah, Abraham, and Moses.
The question that the player must give is: What is a prophet?
- Origins of Islam
- Life of Muhammad
- Islamic Teachings
- Judaism and Islam
- Christianity and Islam
Be sure your quiz items cover important concepts. Use information that gives "the big picture." If your information does not pertain to one of the Guiding Questions, don't use it.
Unlike the Online Game, you will not have to provide mulitple choice answers. You can choose to have the answer float into the PowerPoint slide on a mouse click so that the players can check their answers.
Remember, your team needs 25 items to fill in the Jeopardy! PowerPoint.
Each team member must take one of the following roles in addition to gathering information and writing answers:
1. Editor. This person chooses which of the team's answers will be included in the final game. The editor can send the group back to write new material if he/she doesn't like the submissions.
2. Proofreader. This person checks each proposed slide for grammatical and spelling accuracy. The proofreader also checks that the references listed on the final slide are in MLA style.
3. Historical advisor. This person checks each selected answer for historical accuracy against the source it came from. Team members must keep track of the sources they use.
4. Technical advisor. This person supervises the construction of the Jeopardy! PowerPoint game. Take care in deciding what technical effects you use. More effects are not necessarily better. Every effect should contribute in a positive, nondistracting way.
Step Three: Remember, Jeopardy! is backwards--answer first, then question. After you and your team have written quiz items in the five categories and the editor, proofreader, and historical advisor have checked them for informational, grammatical, and spelling accuracy, the technical advisor will insert them into the Jeopardy! PowerPoint version of the game.
Slides 7-11 (items 6-10) will have answers in the category "Life of Muhammad."
Slides 12-16 (items 11-15) will have answers in the category "Islamic Teachings."
Slides 17-21 (itmes 16-20) will have answers in the category "Judaism & Islam."
Slides 22-26 (items 21-25) will have answers in the category "Christianity & Islam."