Indians of Louisiana WebQuest
An Internet WebQuest on Indians of Louisiana

created by Mrs. T. Thomas
Edward J. Gay Middle

Introduction | The Task | The Process & Resources | Conclusion | HyperText Dictionary



Introduction

Picture this: you and a team of learners are presented with the task exploring Louisiana's earliest occupants. Instead of using an encyclopedia or the text you will explore via the web.
Based upon what each of you learned, each of you will come back with a different concept of Indians in Louisiana. What's the truth? When we study complex topics, we are often like the archaeologist who study ancient cultures: there's usually a lot more to a topic that we don't learn about after only a quick exploration.

This is particularly true when we use the Internet for our research because many people post their personal opinions or only know a sliver of the whole story. In the following WebQuest, you will use the power of teamwork and the abundant resources on the Internet to learn all about Indians of Louisiana. Each person on your team will learn one piece of the puzzle and then you will come together to get a better understanding of the topic.




The Quest

In this webquest you will gather information about Indians in Louisiana. As a team you will determine how Indians were able to be so successful in their strange new land? How are they significant to the history of the state.




The Process and Resources

In this WebQuest you will be working together with a group of students in class. Each group will answer the Task or Quest(ion). As a member of the group you will explore Webpages from people all over the world who care about Indians of Louisiana. Because these are real Webpages we're tapping into, not things made just for schools, the reading level might challenge you. Feel free to use the online Webster dictionary or one in your classroom.

You'll begin with everyone in your group getting some background before dividing into roles where people on your team become experts on one part of the topic.

Phase 1 - Background: Something for Everyone

Use the Internet information linked below to answer the basic questions of who? what? where? when? why? and how? Be creative in exploring the information so that you answer these questions as fully and insightfully as you can.

Phase 2 - Looking Deeper from Different Perspectives

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Individuals or pairs from your larger WebQuest team will explore one of the roles below.

2. Read through the files linked to your group. If you print out the files, underline the passages that you feel are the most important. If you look at the files on the computer, copy sections you feel are important by dragging the mouse across the passage and copying / pasting it into a word processor or other writing software.

3. Note: Remember to write down or copy/paste the URL of the file you take the passage from so you can quickly go back to it if you need to to prove your point.

4. Be prepared to focus what you've learned into one main opinion that answers the Big Quest(ion) or Task based on what you have learned from the links for your role.

Timeliner

Use the Internet information linked below to answer these questions specifically related to Timeliner :

1. When did the first Indians appear in Louisiana?
2. Who came after these first Indians?
3. What Louisiana Indians are still present in 2003?

  • Pre-Historic Louisiana - Louisiana has a rich Native American History beginning with the Paleo-Indians and moving to the those tribes still present today. This site explores the first Louisiana residents.

Layout Artist

Use the Internet information linked below develop a PowerPoint Presentation on Indians in Louisiana. Your presentation must be at least 5 slides. You must insert graphics.

Author, Author

Using the websites shown you will prepare a brief essay on one of the tribes in Louisiana. Be sure to include information on their customs, beliefs, and current status in the state.

Phase 3 - Debating, Discussing, and Reaching Consensus

You have all learned about different Indians of Louisiana. Now group members come back to the larger WebQuest team with expertise gained by searching from one perspective. You must all now answer the Task / Quest(ion) as a group. Each of you will bring a certain viewpoint to the answer: some of you will agree and others disagree. Use information, pictures,facts, opinions, etc. from the Webpages you explored to convince your teammates that your viewpoint is important and should be part of your team's answer to the Task / Quest(ion). Your WebQuest team should write out an answer that everyone on the team can live with.

Phase 4 - Real World Feedback

You and your teammates have learned a lot by dividing up into different roles. Now's the time to put your learning into a letter you'll send out for real world feedback. Together you will write a letter that contains opinions, information, and perspectives that you've gained. Here's the process:

1. Begin your letter with a statement of who you are and why you are writing your message to this particular person or organization.

2. Give background information that shows you understand the topic.

STATE THE TASK / QUEST(ION) AND YOUR GROUP'S ANSWER.

3. Each person in your group should write a paragraph that gives two good reasons supporting the group's opinion. Make sure to be specific in both the information (like where you got it from on the Web) and the reasoning (why the information proves your group's point).

4. Have each person on the team proofread the message. Use correct letter format and make sure you have correctly addressed the email message. Use the link below to make contact. Send your message and make sure your teacher gets a copy.

Your Contact is: Department of Culture, Recreation, and Toursim




Conclusion

So, did these primative people survive by luck. Was there role in LA History one of chance. As individuals you were only able to see one part. This makes it easy to come up with an answer that may not be completely right. It's the same for understanding a topic as broad or complex as Indians of Louisiana: when you only know part of the picture, you only know part of the picture. Now you all know a lot more. Nice work. You should be proud of yourselves! How can you use what you've learned to see beyond the black and white of a topic and into the grayer areas? What other parts of Indians of Louisiana could still be explored? Remember, learning never stops.



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Last revised Wed Nov 19 9:42:11 US/Pacific 2003