Teen Violence: Who Are the Everyday Victims?

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Teen Violence:  Who are the Everyday Victims?

This webquest focuses on teen violence.  Students will collaborate with one another to create PSA's that inform the general population about and create awareness of teen violence.  During the process, student awareness and knowledge on the topic also grows and increases.  It is designed as a pre-reading or follow-up project to do before or after reading the novel The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.  Additionally, this webquest is designed in a way so as to accompany any novel that deals with issues of teen violence, or it can be done to perhaps accompany an unit in a health or character education course.  Students are offered an option in how to present the information and understanding they have gained and wish to share.  The final product can and should be published if possible.  Students may wish to create a newspaper ad, a multi-media video, or a oral presentation (podcast). 


Missouri Grade Level Expectations
Reading 1F - Apply pre-reading strategies to aid comprehension:
a. access prior knowledge
b. preview

Writing 1A - Follow a writing process to reread and revise for audience and purpose, ideas and content, organization and sentence structure, and word choice (refer to W2A, W2B, W2C, W2D)
d. edit for conventions (refer to W2E)
e. share writing

Writing 2A - Compose text
a. showing awareness of audience
b. choosing a form appropriate to topic and specific audience

Writing 2C - Compose text
Compose text with
a. an effective beginning, middle, and end
b. a logical order
c. appropriate paragraphing
d. a variety of sentence structures, including complex sentences
e. cohesive devices, especially transitions

Writing 2E - Compose well-developed text
In written text
a. use correct agreement of pronoun and antecedent, and consistent verb tense
b. use standard spelling, classroom resources,including dictionary, to edit for correct spelling
*c. write legibly

Listening and Speaking 2A - Develop an apply effective speaking skills and strategies for various audiences and purposes.
In discussions and presentations, use
designated time constraints
organized notes

Information Literacy 1A, B & C- Develop and apply effective research process skills to gather, analyze, and evaluate information.
Develop a research plan, with assistance, to guide investigation and research of focus questions. Locate and use multiple resources to
acquire relevant information
evaluate reliability of information
fulfill research plan

Record relevant information using a variety of note-taking and organizational strategies

NET-S Standards

1. Creativity and Innovation

Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct
knowledge, and develop innovative products and
processes using technology.

a. Apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas,
products, or processes
b. Create original works as a means of personal
or group expression

2. Communication and Collaboration

Students use digital media and environments to
communicate and work collaboratively, including
at a distance, to support individual learning and
contribute to the learning of others.

a. Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers,
experts, or others employing a variety of digital
environments and media
b. Communicate information and ideas effectively
to multiple audiences using a variety of media
and formats
d. Contribute to project teams to produce original
works or solve problems

3. Research and Information Fluency

Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate,
and use information.

a. Plan strategies to guide inquiry
b. Locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize,
and ethically use information from a variety of
sources and media
c. Evaluate and select information sources and digital
tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks
d. Process data and report results

4. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving,
and Decision Making

Students use critical thinking skills to plan and
conduct research, manage projects, solve problems,
and make informed decisions using appropriate
digital tools and resources.

b. Plan and manage activities to develop a solution
or complete a project
c. Collect and analyze data to identify solutions
and/or make informed decisions

5. Digital Citizenship

Students understand human, cultural, and societal
issues related to technology and practice legal and
ethical behavior.

a. Advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible
use of information and technology
b. Exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology
that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity
c. Demonstrate personal responsibility for
lifelong learning
d. Exhibit leadership for digital citizenship

6. Technology Operations and Concepts

Students demonstrate a sound understanding
of technology concepts, systems, and operations.
a. Understand and use technology systems
d. Transfer current knowledge to learning
of new technologies


Julie Szaj/eMints Instructor

NCTE/ReadWriteThink/PSA Outline Sheet

Heather Berger/Collegue and fellow eMints classmate

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