The Elderly



**While reviewing this information, use note sheets to write down valuable tips you will want to include in your own interview or letter to yourself. You may also use a blank Word document to copy and paste information or pictures you will want to use as well.

1. First you will explore the websites and videos throughout the WebQuest to gain more information about the elderly.

2. You will brainstorm and list people who you know are age 70 or older.  They can be people you personally know, and famous people. All the people you list should still be alive. While brainstorming, you should also write about how you know them.

3. You will explore your thoughts and feelings about the elderly. Write and/or draw about:

What do you like about the elderly?  What do you dislike about the elderly?

What makes you nervous about the elderly? Why?

How do you behave around old people? Why?

Are there things that elderly people shouldn't do, that young people can?  What would it be, and why?

Are there things that young people shouldn't do, that elderly people can? What would it be, and why?

What else do you think or feel about elderly people?


4. You will view the following websites, and write about at least 3 things that an elderly person may worry about or struggle with. Be specific about why these things would be a worry or struggle for them.

5. You will explore the following websites to help to identify a list of interesting questions to ask a senior citizen in an interview.



Step 1: Students need to compile 15-20 good questions to ask an elderly member of their family.

Step 2: Using paper and pencil, webcam, or a videotape document the interview (You can also interview them by phone).

Step 3: After interview, write a paper comparing and contrasting life today and life many years ago. Complete a VENN diagram to organize information or compare differences in them and yourself.

Write rough draft of paper, proof, and re-write.

Submit to teacher or parent for proofreading.

Make corrections by completing final draft by typing your paper in Microsoft Word. (Paper may be typed at home, if access to a computer is available. Some time will be allotted during technology center or free time in class)

Step 5: Create a drawing/picture that goes along with your interview

6. Based on the information you have now received, use a letter writing template to help you create ideas for a future letter to yourself.  When you write your letter, you will talk about your current interests, your future goals, and your predictions of how you think the world will change by the time you are a senior citizen.

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