Do You Mind Our World?
A WebQuest for Intermediate & High-Intermediate ESL Students (Science)
The world is seriously in danger. There are many problems that make it every time more and more uncomfortable: wars, environmental problems, hunger, inequalities between poor and rich countries, etc. So, the president of your country has asked the collaboration of all the children to try to solve these problems. You have been offered the opportunity and the power to change any aspect of the world and improve it. In order to get that, you have been requested to create an NGO, and the website of your NGO. Do your best because only two projects will be carried out with your president’s support. But before it, you must research about different aspects affecting our world.
Before the proposal from your president, had you ever thought which problems are frequent in the world today? Which ones are more serious and affect more people? The aim the president wants to get is to sensitize the Spanish people about the aspects that cause our world to be not as wonderful as it should, and make them to take part to solve them. This is a great opportunity for you to help. Are you ready to save our planet?
In groups of four and using the links provided, you will read about different problems of our world. The four problems you will look for information on the Web are World Hunger, Global Warming, Endangered Species and AIDS. You will each choose to research one of them. Once you have gathered information, as a group, you will have to complete a graphic organizer which will help you to compare the problems: its reaching, its causes and consequences, and possible solutions. After that, each member of the group will comment to the rest on his/her world problem. Before the elaboration of your final task, you must discuss which problem is the most serious and needs more urgent help. Finally, ALL together agree the NGO you are going to create and send its website to the president of the nation through your teacher. Cheer up ecologists!
Step One: Background Information on ONGs and Worldwide Problems
Before starting your WebQuest, discuss within your group the following questions below to gain some background information on ONGs and the problems we are facing with in our present-day society.
Have a look at the following thematic glossary to help you with specific terms.
Now print out this graphic organizer to help guide you.
Step Two: Exploring the Web looking for Worldwide Problems
To start your exploration, each group member will choose one of the four problems: World Hunger, Global Warming, Endangered Species and AIDS. After deciding which problem you will study, you will gather information on your particular problem using the provided websites below. As you read through the information, please keep in mind the following questions:
What the problem consists in?
What is the reaching of the problem? How many people and what parts of the world it affects the most?
What causes the problem?
What are the consequences of the problem?
What can we do to help?
As you answer the questions make sure you write down all the information you found on the graphic organizer under your specific problem column.
Using the following websites, individually research the links related to your assigned problem:
World Hunger: Causes and some Facts
What Can We Do to Help End World Hunger
Global Warming: What is it? Indicators and Solutions
Global Warming: Causes, Consequences and What We Can Do
Threatened, Endangered and Extinct Animals
Causes of Endangerment
Endangered Species: Solutions
What is AIDS? What Causes AIDS?
AIDS Around the World: Statistics
AIDS and VIH: Infection
Step Three: Teaching Your Group
Now that you have filled out your problem’s portion of the graphic organizer, come together as a group to share your information. Each group member must interpret the information they gathered on his/her problem. You will present what you learned to group members so that the rest of the graphic organizer can be completed. After completing this task, decide on which global problem was more serious and needs more urgent help.
Step Four: “Website of the NGO”
Once your group have agreed on the most serious global problem, your group will begin to work in the elaboration of your NGO website. The website should be made in a Microsoft Word document and include the name of your NGO and its aim, the definition of the problem dealt with, causes and consequences, and what we can do to help. Your group should focus on distinguishing between relevant and irrelevant information so that only the most important information is presented. To complete the task, the group will be divided up into following roles:
Ø Two biologists / vets / doctors knowing the problem who will write the content of the website. The following points can help you as possible links of the page: About Us, What We Do, Get Involved, News, Contact Us, etc.
Ø A graphic designer that will draw the characterising image of your NGO.
Ø A photographer that will provide with photographs to show the problem, how you work, parts of the world more affected by it, etc.
After each member has completed his/her role in creating the website of the NGO, ALL group members must view how it looks before putting it on the Internet and you must present it to the rest of the class. Finally, save your website on a floppy and give it to the teacher.
Students will be evaluated on the completed assignment as a WebQuest team.
Now that you’ve learned all about four main global problems, World Hunger, Global Warming, Endangered Species and AIDS, you can really appreciate how they affect our world.
By reading about all four problems from the links in the WebQuest and through the Background Information activity, you were able to see which problem interested you the most, and then you were able to construct a website of an NGO dealing with the problem of your choice.
Congratulations! You have now become a part of an exciting and humanitarian cause. You should be proud of yourselves!
Remember, don’t be silent, raise your voice and let you be heard because you mind our world.
Many thanks to Dr. Bernie Dodge and his WebQuest page. This is "the resource" and an instant source of inspiration for anyone that loves to teach.
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Last updated on May 10, 2005. Based on a template from The WebQuest Page