Process

The Process and Learning Advice

The end product of this webquest will be the creation of a "web report" detailing the exploration of each extreme environment. Each "scientist" will be responsible for his/her section of the report while the recommendations and conclusions will be arrived at through the cooperative efforts of the entire group that you are working with.

    1. Get together with the other members of your group and decide who will assume the responsibilities of each of the four roles. Do some "brainstorming" on extreme environments in order to come up with ideas for the focus of your "web report". Develop a plan of action to determine the organization, contents, and "look" of your web report. Know your main objectives and devise an outline of all the information your site will contain.
    2. Using the sites listed in the Resource section, begin to research your project. Locate the information necessary to answer the questions listed under your role in the Task section. As you will be creating a web report, find some pictures that you can use to help illustrate the extreme environment that you are researching.
    3. Take notes as you do your research. Bookmark any sites that you find useful so that you can refer to them again quickly if necessary. Keep in mind the rules defining plagiarism. Plagiarism occurs when you steal or use the ideas or writings of another and present these writings or ideas as your own. You are not allowed to borrow passages from books, or articles, or Web sites without identifying them.
    4. After you have completed your research, begin writing the first draft of your report. Make sure that you introduce your section so that the reader knows what you are writing about. Remember that you are writing a report about the problems caused by acid rain and not just a set of answers to a series of questions. Be aware of the reader - just because you understand what you are writing about doesn't mean that the reader does.
    5. Once each "scientist" has completed his/her section, meet with your group and present your draft findings. This is the time that you can ask the other members of your group for advice on revising your writing. Write your final draft.

Decide, as a group, what is your position on the further exploration of an extreme environment. Determine the recommendations and conclusions that your report will present. Determine which members of the group will be responsible for writing this section, and which members of the group will put all the pieces of the report together. Look at the assessment rubric to find out how you can improve as a group member and as a researcher.

 

Evaluation

Learning Outcomes:

 

 

Not Yet Meeting

1

Minimally Meets

2

Fully Meets

3

Exceeds

4

Research & Gather Information

Does not collect any information that relates to the topic.

Collects very little information--some relates to the topic.

Collects some basic information--most relates to the topic.

Collects a great deal of information--all relates to the topic.

Fulfill Team Role's Duties

Does not perform any duties of assigned team role..

Performs very little duties.

Performs nearly all duties.

Performs all duties of assigned team role.

Share Equally

Always relys on others to do the work.

Rarely does the assigned work--often needs reminding.

Usually does the assigned work--rarely needs reminding.

Always does the assigned work without having to be reminded.

Cooperate with Teammates

Never cooperates with teammates.

Rarely cooperates.

Sometimes cooperates.

Usually cooperates with teammates.

Introduction

No information given as to what to expect in report.

Some information given as to what to expect in report.

Adequate information given so that reader is aware of what report is about.

A very concise introduction which shows that the writer is very aware of the reader.

Research and Gather Inform-ation

Does not collect any information that relates to the topic

Collects very little information- some relates to the topic

Collects some basic information - most relates to the topic.

Collects a great deal of information - all relates to the topic

Fulfill Team Role’s Duties

Does not perform any duties of assigned team role…

Performs very little duties.

Performs nearly all duties.

Performs all duties assigned team role.

Share Equally

Always relies on others to do the work.

Rarely does the assigned work - often needs reminding.

Usually does the assigned work - rarely needs reminding.

Always does the assigned work without having to be reminded.

Cooperate with

Group members

Never cooperates with group members.

Rarely cooperates with group members.

Sometimes cooperates with group members.

Usually cooperates with group members.

Role

Does not answer any of the questions assigned to the role in the WebQuest.

Answers some of the questions assigned to the role in the WebQuest.

Answers most of the questions assigned to the role in the WebQuest.

Answers all of the questions and includes many interesting facts.

Task

Does not detail problems caused by acid rain but offers no recommen-

dations.

Details some problems caused by acid rain but offer no recommen-dations.

Details many of the problems caused by acid rain and offers some recommen-dations.

Details many of the problems caused by acid rain and offers many recommen-dations.

Conclusion

Presents no explanation of research.

Presents an explanation of research but tends to be confusing or unclear.

Presents a logical explanation of research and some possible solutions.

Presents a superior explanation of research and offers many possible solutions.

Conven-tions of Print

Very frequent grammar and spelling errors which makes the writing impossible to understand.

Frequent grammar and spelling errors which make the writing difficult to understand.

Grammar and spelling errors do not detract from understanding the writing.

Grammar and spelling errors are infrequent, and writing is clear.