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My WebQuest will be about the Japanese internment camps of WW2 and what it was like for American citizens of Japanese decent to be placed in them without warning or much discretion. 

ISTE Standards that will be covered 1a, 1b, 3a, 4b
Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.9

Students will demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the Japanese internment camps through written exercises.  Once students have researched and viewed first hand the experiences of the Japanese, they will related them to current day events and put themselves in the shoes of the people who experienced it.

My WebQuest is going to be a lesson on cells both plant and animal cells with specific focus on the organelles.

The final project will be to construct a model of both a plant and animal cell and label all of the parts.  They will have the option of making an edible example or a playdough model.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.3
Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.

ISTE Standards
1a, 1c, 2a, 3b, 5b, 6a, 6b

My WebQuest will be centered around the musical genre/record label Motown. They will investigate what genre of music it evolved from, the social context in which it was born, and how it relates to the Civil Rights Movement. They will also investigate current music that reflects the social issues of our time.

ISTE Standards:

1a, 1b, 2a, 2d, 3b, 3c, 4a, 5a, 5c

CA Music Standards, 9-12 Advanced:

3.3 Compare and contrast the social function of a variety of music forms in various cultures and time periods.
3.7 Analyze the stylistic features of a given musical work that define its aesthetic traditions and its historical or cultural context.
4.2 Analyze and explain how and why people in a particular culture use and respond to specific musical works from their own culture.
5.1 Explain ways in which the principles and subject matter of music and various disciplines outside the arts are interrelated.

Final Product:
In addition to having a written product about Motown, students will collaborate to write song lyrics that reflect a current social issue they are facing as young Americans or a global social issue. They will present the song lyrics to the class, accompanied by a slideshow of pictures that fit the lyrics.

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My WebQuest will be a lesson on calculating area. Students will have the opportunity to learn about calculating area and creating their own clubhouse according to certain requirements.

Students will be accessing ISTE Standard 1 and 4, and CCSS.Math.Content.7.G.A.1 (Solve problems involving scale drawings of geometric figures, including computing actual lengths and areas from a scale drawing and reproducing a scale drawing at a different scale.)

Students' final product will be a scale drawing or reproduction of the clubhouse they designed for themselves according to the requirements created using http://www.homestyler.com/designer.

My WebQuest is going to be a lesson on Community Signs. This lesson will help students identify community signs. NETS-S is 1a,1b,1c,1d. Standard 4 and 5. CCSSELS.Literacy R1.13,KI7,R1K9. The Final product will be students being able to master community signs when shown.

Webquest will be about "The Cask of  Amontillado"
NETS-S  that will be used is standard number 1 and Common Core Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.R.L9-10.3,9-10.4, 9-10-5.
The final product to show that students have mastered standards will be students answering questions about the short story.

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Reply to the following three instructions in the community by Friday, 1/9/15:

--Give a good idea of what your WebQuest will be

--Give the standards you would like your WebQuest to cover (at least one Common Core State Standard AND at least one ISTE Standards•S)

--Give an idea of a final product for the WebQuest that will show that the students have mastered the standards covered

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