Journey to Freedom

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This webquest  strives
to open the minds of our students, to help shape their opinions, to give them a
view into immigrants lives, the hardships, the payoffs, the risks they endured
to come to the U.S.  The quest  also presents to the students of immigration;
the effects on society and the attitudes of the local people towards the
families of immigrants.  It is a fun
analysis of how certain Cubans against all odds, achieved fame in the public
eye, musicians, authors, inventors, politicians - how hard they worked to have success,
what they gave up, what they gained and how they were honored for their
struggles.  It is the quintessential
American story of hardship and fame a wonderful teaching opportunity for developing

this quest allows each student to delve into the background
of a Famous Cuban Person and then present his/her findings to the class in a
creative manner.  This quest  establishes many points for the student -
Public speaking, preparation, presentation, technology and finally the Story of
an amazing person.  It will take two
class periods to research/develop the presentation and one class period to
present by group.  Additionally, depending
on the level of students (regular, honors, pre-AP) the time frame may need


SS.912.A.7.16; Examine changes in immigration policy and attitudes toward immigration since 1950. Understand the rise and continuing international influence of the United States as a world leader and the impact of contemporary social and political movements on American life.
LA.910.6.3.2: The student will ethically use mass media and digital technology in assignments and presentations, citing sources according to standardized citation styles; and

LACC.910.W.3.8; Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the usefulness of each source in answering the research question; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.
LA.910.4.2; The student develops and demonstrates technical writing that provides information related to real-world tasks.
LA.910.3.5.1; The student will prepare writing using technology in a format appropriate to the purpose (e.g., for display, multimedia);
LA.910.3.1.1; The student will prewrite by generating ideas from multiple sources (e.g., brainstorming, notes, journals, discussion, research materials or other reliable sources) based upon teacher-directed topics and personal interests;


The team was made up of 4 Pre-Service Teachers, two native Americans (non-Spanish speaking), one Brazilian (who gave a unique international look at immigration) and yes one Cuban immigrant - who helped sooo much with this project with her personal insight into Cuba today!


The webquest is such a departure from the general curriculum, I would suggest utilizing this form of content several times during the year. A truly great way to inspire young minds!


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