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    Mysteries of the World: Stonehenge

    • Grade 7
    • Language Arts
    Miscouche Consolidated School
    Miscouche, PE, C0B 1T0
    Telephone: 888-8495
    Fax: 888-8491
    Website: http://www.edu.pe.ca/miscouche/

    Teachers:
    Tina Wood, Teacher-Librarian (woodt@miscouche.edu.pe.ca)
    Susan S. Hornby, Grade 7 Teacher (hornby@stonepark.edu.pe.ca)


    Implementation Plan

    Teacher's Role

    To pre-teach necessary vocabulary.

    To read a novel which deals with Stonehenge aloud to the class before the project begins.

    To explain the project to the class and provide behavior expectations to students.

    To be present and to help facilitate the duration of the project.

    To collect from students and from school art supplies needed for the project.

    To help with the evaluation of the project.

    Teacher-Librarian's Role

    To pre-teach basic Internet navigation skills.

    To facilitate the use of technology.

    To be present and to help facilitate the duration of the project.

    To help with the evaluation of the project

    Schedule for Activities and Time Frame - 1 hour per day for two weeks.

    Step 1

    Students will work in partners to take a virtual tour of Stonehenge by accessing three websites that have been pre-selected for them (The Mystery of Stonehenge (http://www.mysteriousplaces.com/stonehenge/megaliths.html, A Magical Tour of Stonehenge, http://www.britannia.com/history/h7.html and Stonehenge, http://www-personal.umich.edu/~merrie/Arthur/stonehenge.html).

    After visiting these websites, students will then complete Activity 1 - a journal entry describing their first impressions of Stonehenge. As students browse through these websites, they may come across many words and terms which they may not understand. One of the accompanying files to this webquest is a Glossary of Terms that may be pre-taught by incorporating the minto a spelling, vocabulary or science lesson. It is helpful for students to have a copy of this glossary of terms for their tour.

    Step 2

    Activity 2 asks students to refer back to the websites they visited for activity 1 and consider the different theories presented explaining the origins and purpose of Stonehenge. With their partner, students will be writing an article for publication within the school community. The article should contain information describing Stonehenge: what it is, how it was constructed, and the theories concerning its mysterious purpose.

    Step 3

    For Activity 3 students will create a physical or visual representation of their impressions of Stonehenge. A physical representation means the construction of a three-dimensional piece, such as a model using clay, paper mache or other materials of the students' choice. A visual representation can be a sketch, painting or collage using paint, magazine pictures, markers, etc. A representation does not have to be a recreation of Stonehenge exactly as it appears. It can be a representation of Stonehenge in a more abstract way, using art to present feelings and ideas about Stonehenge. Students will use some class time to start this project and finish it at home.

    Evaluation: Assessment of Students, Evaluation of Activity and Author Study

    Journal Entry - 10 marks: 5 marks for content (including points which were outlined), 5 marks for style (grammar, spelling, punctuation, creativity, expression).

    Newsletter Article - 10 marks: 5 marks for content (understanding information, putting information into your own words, explanation of theories), 5 marks for style (expression, grammar, punctuation and spelling).

    Artistic Representation - 10 marks: evaluated on creativity, artistic expression, overall appearance and effort.

    Behaviour - 5 marks: evaluated on ability to work together and to stay on task.

    Accompanying Documents
    (Adobe Acrobat [.pdf] Format)

  • Group Activities: Activity 1
  • Group Activities: Activity 2
  • Group Activities: Activity 3
  • Glossary of Terms

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