Mesopotamia WebQuest

A WebQuest for 6th Grade (Social Studies/Comm Arts)

Designed by Mrs. Marsh

lmarsh@nfranklin.k12.mo.us

Introduction | Task | Process | Evaluation | Conclusion | Credits | Teacher Page


Introduction Welcome

You are a group of archeologists working on a dig in Mesopotamia. You have uncovered a civilization you believe is one of the earliest finds ever. Your excitement about your discovery is short lived because when you report your findings to your supervisors back in the states, they are skeptical. When asked why they are having a hard time believing, you are asked two questions: If the civilization is as old as you think, what artifacts could have possibly survived? Also, why it is important to learn about this early civilization?

 

Task

You and your team must convince your supervisors that your findings are real, historically informative, and an asset to the understanding of civilizations as we know them today. Since it is not possible for your supervisors to personally visit the dig site, you and your team must present your findings to them.

 

Process

Step 1: Assign jobs.

  • Artifact Collector: This person will be responsible for collecting pictures of the discoveries found. Pictures should include captions and credit. You must have pictures of ziggurats, King Sargon, and Hammurabi's Code.

Mesopotamia Museum

Art of the First Cities

Images

 

  • Information Gatherer: This person will be responsible for finding important information. You will assist the artifact collector in expanding on captions. Besides information in captions for pictures, information must also include geography of site with reference to present day geography, including important rivers, and the Epic of Gilgamesh.

Wikipedia Mesopotamia

Mesopotamian Information

  • Presentation Presenter/Monitor: This person will be responsible for putting the work of the Artifact Collector and Information Gatherer into a format to present to the supervisors. You will also be responsible to make sure group members stay on task and are progressing, using time wisely. You will also be available to assist other members as needed. Visit the following links to get ideas for creating an exciting presentation.

PowerPoint

PowerPoint

PowerPoint

Tutorial

Step 3: Within your team, develop some rules for selecting the specific artifacts and information for your presentation. What qualities does something need to have? What should you be sure to include because it will interest your audience?

Step 4: Decide together as a team on a final set of artifacts and information.

Step 5: Prepare your presentation using whatever medium your group had decided would be best to use based upon purpose and audience. Each member will be responsible for presenting a section of the presentation.

Step 6: Present your presentation to your audience.

Step 7: Each group member will be responsible for answering the following essential questions on paper to be hand delivered to representative of Historical Society:

  • Why is it important to study ancient civilizations?
  • Which artifact/information is the most important?

Evaluation

 

Excellent

Good

Fair

Needs Work

Teamwork 

 (10 points)

Always listens to, helps others, and gives positive comments Almost always listens to, helps others, and gives positive comments Sometimes listens to, helps others, and gives positive comments Rarely listens to, helps others, and gives positive comments

 Information

(20 points)  

Demonstrates understanding of all the concepts

Demonstrates understanding of most of the concepts

Demonstrates understanding of some of the concepts Demonstrates understanding of few of the concepts

Graphics 

(10 points)  

All graphics support topic and resources provided Most graphics support topic and resources provided Some graphics support topic and no resources provided Few graphics support topic and no resources provided

Presentation 

(20 points)  

Well-rehearsed with smooth delivery that holds audience attention. Rehearsed with fairly smooth delivery that holds audience attention most of the time. Delivery not smooth, but able to maintain interest of the audience most of the time. Delivery not smooth and audience attention often lost.

Professionalism

(20 points)

Student demonstrated professionalism at all times Student demonstrated professionalism most of the time Student demonstrated professionalism some of the time Student rarely demonstrated professionalism

Essential Questions

(10 points)

All members in the group can answer all questions All members in the group can answer most questions Some students in the goup can answer some questions Few students in the group can only answer a few questions

Grammar

(10 points)

No grammar mistakes 1-2 grammar mistakes 3-4 grammar mistakes More than 4 grammar mistakes

Conclusion

Congratulations! You have completed your task and convinced your supervisors of the importance of studying ancient civilizations. Your artifacts and information were exciting.

 

If you finish early, explore these sites:

Mesopotamia Recreation

Games

Video

Powerpoint

Jeopardy


Credits & References

Animated clip art compliments of Animation Library.

Template Design

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