A WebQuest for Bachillerato Students
Designed by Mar Resina
INTRODUCTION | TASK | PROCESS | EVALUATION |
CONCLUSION | CREDITS
Secret societies have always existed throughout
all the times and, almost always, they have been related and
connected to religion. This has been so because religion is
the most powerful force that makes the world moves ahead. What
if you or your ancestors had taken part in one of these
societies? What do you know about the most public one of them;
the Knights Templar? What relevance would this medieval
society have in our own one?
You are going to take a virtual field trip to
the Medieval Era, when the Knights Templar were born or
founded. Upon your return, you will create a secret society
with similar characteristics to this order in the sense of
having a leader, rules, laws, rites, history, etc., adapted to
our own time.
1. First, you'll be assigned to a team of 4
students with the following roles:
a) Historian. You will have to investigate and
look for information about the Knights Templar history.
b) Founder. You will have to investigate anf
look for information about this order's founder and the
following leaders that this one has had during its
c) Mythologist. You will have to investigate and
recompile information about the Knights Templar's myths,
legends and legacy.
d) Investigator. You will have to look for
information about the existence of other types of secret
societies related to this order and this time until
2. Once you've picked a role to play, do the
a) Historian: You have to make an essay in which
you tell all the history about the Knights Templar.
Then, you have to create the history to your own
b) Founder: You have to make a summary of
founder of this order's life as well as a brief essay of his
successors' lives, emphasizing the important or relevant
facts with which they contributed to the order, if
Then, you have to create a profile for the
leader of your own secret society.
c) Mythologist: You have to write a kind of
report about the myths and legends of the Knights Templar that
you've liked the most, as well as a complete report or essay
about their legacy.
Then, you have to create a kind of book with
myths and legends of your own secret society, joined to your
d) Investigator: You have to make a wide essay
about all the secret societies known until our times. After
that, you will have to choose twoo of them and compare
Then, you have to design a symbol for your own
secret society as well as a provisional list with the rules,
laws, rites of entry and beginning, etc. for it.
3. You can use as "scaffolding" help a
questionaire, two glossaries and a chronology.
4. Once every member of the group has done
his/her part of the work, put all the information in common to
create your own secret society. Here, you can discuss and
agree every point treated separately previously.
5. Revise all your works and make a sort of book
in which all the points of your secret society are written:
that is to say, name, leader, hierarchy, members, rules, laws,
rites, punishment (if there's any), costumes, myths, legends,
history, legacy, goals, etc.
6. Give a print copy of your project to your
Here, you have a list of links that will be very
useful to carry out your individual and group works:
You will receive two grades for this
1. Individual Grade.
You have to write a project report in which you
state your contribution to the final work. You have to focus
on your responsability in the group during the process and
what work you did. Your individual grade will be based on this
report and on the teacher observation. You can add additional
information you think your teacher should consider or take
into account. Be truthful.
2. Group Grade.
Your group grade will be determined from your
group's final work, in this case, the creation of a book or
"bible" of your own secret society.
By creating a new secret society, we have been
able to know better those ones that had remained between the
public and visible thing, and the hidden and secret thing. How
did this work contribute to your knowledge and understanding
of the Knights Templar? How did it contribute to your
knowledge and understanding of other secret societies before
and after our own society? What more things would you like to
know about these societies and their hidden worlds? You
can use the resources of this WebQuest to investigate anf know
more about it and about any other type of society with similar
features related to religion.
CREDITS & REFERENCES
This WebQuest has been created by Script-O. The
links used for the resource section have been taken from the
search in google navigator. The images have been taken from
the following sites: