What are some good Indian WebQuests?

by frances 1. February 2010 16:50

26th January was Republic Day in India - so I investigated to see if there were any good Indian WebQuests.

What I did find was some good WebQuests about India!

The following WQ is now only on the WebArchive - a pity as it could be a wonderful tool for students to learn about Indian History. Maybe one of you could convert it to an active WQ again?

The Struggle for Indian Independence: "The Movie Event of the Year"        


Key Learning Areas: English & Language Arts (ELA); HSIE / SOSE / Social Studies; The Arts & Music
Key Competencies: Collecting, analysing and organising information; Communicating Ideas and information; Planning and organising activities; Using technology; Working in a team
Tasks: Analytical; Compilation; Creative Product; Research
Grade Levels: Middle
Country: U.S.A. U.S.A.
Language: English

Designed for students in Years 6 - 8 studying World History. Students are given the following scenario: "You are a Bollywood film-maker who is writing and directing a film on the Indian independence movement that spans 90 years from 1857 to 1947. Adopt the role of one of the characters listed below and follow the quest to learn about your point of view during this period. Map all the important events during this time and build a story around these events with emphasis on how it affects your character: Mahatma Gandhi, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Jawaharlal Nehru, or, Balgangadhar Tilak." After researching, students are to form groups. "Different groups may then come up with different scenes from the movie and enact them in the form of a skit or a musical sequence". Resources: extensive on the history of India but no resources on how to write, or script a movie in the Bollywood style; or, for a skit; or, a musical sequence. Conclusion is a quote - no call to action. Evaluation rubric is provided. Teacher's Guide is limited without reference to Curriculum Standards, or Duration; there are extension activities listed: including: A debate between the Moderates and the Extremists can be staged with different groups in class taking either side; and, create a visual poster for the film or create a collage depicting the Indian freedom struggle. Design and Layout: unfortunately hosted with Tripod so there are pop-ups that most school net nannies will block - since coming to the WebArchive, all images are lost. Last updated 2007.

Quest for Peace and Diplomacy - India - Pakistan Conflict  Silver award      


Key Learning Areas: HSIE / SOSE / Social Studies; The Arts & Music
Key Competencies: Collecting, analysing and organising information; Communicating Ideas and information; Solving problems; Working in a team
Tasks: Analytical; Consensus; Judgement; Research
Grade Levels: Middle; Secondary / High School
Country: U.S.A. U.S.A.
Language: English

Designed for students in Years 6 - 12, although suitable for students studying International Relations, Current Affairs, Political Science, Contemporary World History in Years 9 - 12 (the reading and complexity of the issues involved makes it more suitable for older classes). Students are to investigate the India and Pakistan conflict over Kashmir since 1947. Students are to think about the following questions: "Is peace possible in the subcontinent? Why have past attempts at peace failed? Why are India and Pakistan enemies when they were once one country? Why is Kashmir so important to both countries? What is the relationship of nuclear tests by both countries to the conflict? Why is the international community concerned about what happens here? How would you design a lasting peace agreement between India and Pakistan?" The last question is the big question and forms the basis of this project. Students are given extensive background information and resources including the Simla Agreement. Student roles are to be members of one of the four delegations from: Pakistan, India, Kashmir, and the United States. Each delegation is to have a student take a viewpoint: side with Kashmiris, side with Pakistanis, side with Indians, side with Americans, be a Nuclear Non-Proliferationist or be a Human Rights Activist. After completing the research phase (extensive) the delegation are to then collaborate and create a new solution to the crisis in the subcontinent. Each delegation is to form a Peace Summit to work out their differences. Students are to write a peace proposal for consideration by the United Nations and an individual letter to a newspaper editor or a nominated web site or a Peace Organization detailing their point of view about the crisis in Kashmir.

Resources: some of the resources are now out of date: CIA Factbook for India now at: http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/in.html 
CIA Factbook for Pakistan at: http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/pk.html

Evaluation: detailed rubrics are provided for 1. Delegation Collaboration; 2. Peace Proposal (Creative Solution); and, 3. Individual Letter to the Editor/Web Site/Peace Organization. Conclusion and Real World Feedback are detailed.

Teacher's Guide contains Social Studies and Information Processing and Technology Objectives. A report for teachers on this WebQuest is at: http://www.campus-adr.org/CMHER/ReportResources/Edition2_2/Webquest2_2.html

Design and Layout: have to use the back button to get to the main navigation as it is only on the home page. As this site is hosted with a commercial company - there are pop-ups on each page. Also at: http://www.angelfire.com/wy/peacequest/ and http://www.angelfire.com/wy/peacequest/Introduction.html

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