WebQuests are excellent authentic assessments. Here are links to my WebQuests and web treasure hunts. You may feel free to use them and adapt them. They are licensed under a Creative Commons License. When I have adapted the WebQuests from the work of others, I have given proper attribution at the bottom of the page for that WebQuest. I also include links to WebQuests I like that I did not create. WebQuests are organized alphabetically by subject.
My WebQuests and Treasure Hunts
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley: Your students are applying for the job of World Controller.
- A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines: Your students have been appointed to a Youth Task Force to create a five-step action plan for eliminating racism.
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey: Your students are journalists researching how much mental health care has changed since the death of Randle P. McMurphy.
- Romanticism: A Movement Across the Arts: Students will learn about American Romanticism and declare their right to be Romantic.
- Witch Hunt: A Web Scavenger Hunt for The Crucible by Arthur Miller: Your students will learn about the inspiration for Arthur Miller’s play, including the Salem Witch Trials, McCarthyism, and possible scientific explanations for the hysteria.
Other WebQuests and Treasure Hunts
- Project The Bluest Eye (Toni Morrison) by Cele Bisguier: Your students will examine standards of beauty and create a position paper to address the problem of the media’s promotion of a beauty culture.
- Frankenstein WebQuest by David Waselko: Students create a scientific journal incorporating articles and opinion regarding ethics in modern science and thematic analyses of Frankenstein. This WebQuest is hosted on my site to make it easier for me to update when websites used in the assignment have gone dormant and also because I changed significant portions of the content, but I did not create it. You can see David Waselko’s original WebQuest here.
- The Great Gatsby Treasure Hunt (F. Scott Fitzgerald) by Valerie Arbizu: Students can learn about the 1920’s in preparation for a study of The Great Gatsby. This WebQuest is hosted on my site to make it easier for me to update when websites used in the assignment have gone dormant, but I did not create it. Unfortunately, the link for Valerie Arbizu’s original WebQuest is broken.
- Their Eyes Were Watching God (Zora Neale Hurston) by EDSITEment: The National Endowment of the Humanities assignment enables students to learn about Zora Neale Hurston’s use of folklore in the novel. My page has the music for the assignment gathered together in a handy location.
If you are interested in creating your own WebQuests, Lisa Huff’s WebQuest Wiki is an excellent resource.
Look for more WebQuests here as I locate or create them. If you know of a good one, share in the comments.