A Sampling of Webquests on the Web
A collection for all grade levels and subject areas
Posted by Lynne Schalman

by Lynne Schalman and Steve Bergen
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Last revised 12/23/07

According to Bernie Dodge, the webquest founder, "A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented activity in which most or all of the information used by learners is drawn from the Web. WebQuests are designed to use learners' time well, to focus on using information rather than looking for it, and to support learners' thinking at the levels of analysis, synthesis and evaluation." The model was developed in early 1995 at San Diego State University by Bernie Dodge and Tom March and was outlined then in Some Thoughts About WebQuests. Check out the design templates with suggested patterns for successful webquest creation. To see his selected "best" webquests, go directly to the webquest portal at www.webquest.org and click one of the choices on the left side.

To find a Webquest template to create your own, click here


 Bernie Dodge's Webquest page is the official webquest page created by Bernie Dodge of San Diego State. It contains links to sample webquests, guidelines for creating one, examples and rubrics for evaluation.

  Or type in two words, e.g. algebra webquest into Google


 A Powerpoint Presentation on designing a webquest

 Webtech Webquest page contains webquests arranged by grade level.

 Davison High School has a collection of Webquests for Educators contains a wide range of teacher created webquests for Upper School -primarily history and science teachers, including quests on Labor History, Vietnam, The Depression, Jim Crow Laws, The Cuban Missile Crisis, Understanding Developing Nations, The Middle East, Plate Tectonics, Astronomy, AP Calculus, Mark Twain, Cities of France, and Ancient Egypt.

 Math Webquests contains webquests created by a professor at Wake Forest University; there are math webquests for all grade levels plus a tutorial on creating a webquest. According to the author, a math webquest is one that uses internet resources to obtain relevant data which is then analyzed.

 Richmond University Webquests contains webquests created by students in a graduate education class; there is a webquest on 19th and 20th century British literature as well as ones on The Civil War, The Crusades, The Decision to drop the bomb, Equal Protection under the law, the Place of God and Religion in Public School, Journey Back into Ancient Rome, To Fund or not to Fund Genetic Research and many others for lower, middle and upper school.

 Spartansburg Webquest page contains a wide range of teacher created webquests for grades K-12, including a template to assist teachers, an introductory overview and webquests on such topics as Colonial Williamsburg, Children of the Holocaust, Journey into the Universe, Mozart, a Voyage to Japan, The Industrial Revolution, Vietnam and many more.

 AP Literature Webquests were created by a teacher to include Jane Eyre, Portrait of an Artist, Remains of the Day, Sound and the Fury, Beloved,Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, Wide Sargossa Sea, and Burger's Daughter.

 Triton Project includes links to many teacher-created webquests.(Scroll down to view li

 Teach the Teachers Projects were created by participants in webquest workshops. Click on one of the sessions and then click Final Projects to see the webquests.

 Indiana University webquests is an interesting collection of webquests for all grade levels.

 ThinkQuests are different than webquests, because they are designed by students. The Thinkquest site has an annual competition for middle and high school students to create webpages on any topic. These thinkquests are almost always impressive displays of technological knowhow and research skills.

 Macbeth webquest: The Trial of Macbeth was designed by Lynne Schalman. This webquest poses the following challenge: how culpable is Macbeth. Students take on the roles of prosecuting attorney, defense attorney, and key witnesses. They research relevant websites and quotations from the text and then enact a trial.

 A Webquest on Plagiarism asks students and teachers to confront the issue of plagiarism, including defining plagiarism, plagiarism versus paraphrasing, and strategies for preventing plagiarism.

Here is a ClarisWorks style web quest that we used at a One Day Workshop at Shorecrest Preparatory School (Hands-On Activity for the Afternoon Session) April 99

Several Summercore Participants have chosen to search and highlight useful webquests for their own curriculum as part of the Summercore Carnival or Summercore at their school!