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A WebQuest for 3rd Grade Language Arts

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Designed By Miss Roberts
aroberts@mountpleasant.k12.ca.us
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Introduction | Task | Process | Evaluation | Conclusion | Credits | Teacher Page



Introduction

Valle Vista wants to start a school newspaper called The Viking Voice!  To get up and running, it is looking for three talented individuals to serve as editors of the sports, entertainment, and local news sections.

Interested???

Simply complete the application process outlined in this WebQuest.  By editing, revising, and drafting a few news articles, you may find yourself well on the way to becoming a key part of The Viking Voice team. 

For more information on the application and evaluation processes, continue on to the task and evaluation sections.

Good luck and have fun!


Task

The application process for the editor positions includes the following tasks to be completed independently:

  • review and take a few online quizzes on grammar and mechanics rules
  • print and proofread articles for capitalization, punctuation, spelling, and subject-verb agreement using correct proofreading marks
  • enhance an article by replacing average verbs with strong verbs
  • read and revise an article so that the information included in it is focused and on topic.
  • write an article for either the sports, entertainment, or local news section using Microsoft Word

Still interested???  Begin the application process by continuing on to the process section.



Process

To complete the application process, please follow the six steps below.
 
Step 1:  Review rules for capitalization, punctuation, and subject-verb agreement.  Then take the
            available quizzes.

Step 2:  Print the article, "Welcome to Valle Vista."  Proofread the article for capitalization,
            punctuation, and spelling errors.  Mark any errors you find using correct proofreading marks

Step 3:  Read the article, "Third Grade Musical Wows!," and save it to your computer.  In this article,
            the subjects are in bold and the verbs are underlined.  If any of the verbs do not agree with
            the subjects, please fix them.  Save the article again and print a copy.

Step 4:  Read the article, "Soccer Team Gets Muddy," and save it to your computer.  In this article,
            some of the verbs are underlined.  Unfortunately, these verbs are just average.  Replace
            them with strong verbs.  Save the article again and print a copy.

Step 5:  Print the article, "Exercise Does a Body Good."  Some of the information in the article is off
            topic.  Please revise the article, eliminating any unnecessary or off-topic information.

Step 6:  Decide which area is most interesting to you: sports, entertainment, or local news.  Write
            an article that could be printed in that area.  Be sure to include an exciting title to catch the
            reader's eye and on-topic information.  Use correct capitalization, punctuation, spelling, and
            strong verbs.  Save a copy of your article on the computer and print a copy.


You have now completed the application process!  Please staple your articles together and submit them to your teacher.

To review how you will be evaluated, continue on to the evaluation section.


Evaluation

Your performance will be evaluated using the rubric below.


Below Standards

1
Approaching Standards

2
Meets Standards

3
Excels At Standards

4
Online Review & Quizzes
Student completes 0-5 of the 11 online reviews & quizzes
Student completes 6-8 of the 11 online reviews & quizzes
Student completes 9-10 of the 11 online reviews & quizzes
Student completes all 11 online reviews and quizzes
Proofreading Article
Student corrects 0-15 of the 30 errors using correct proofreading marks
Student corrects 16-23 of the 30 errors using correct punctuation marks
Student corrects 24-27 of the 30 errors using correct punctuation marks
Student corrects 28-30 of the 30 errors using correct punctuation marks
Subject-Verb Agreement Article
Student revises 0-4 of the 10 agreement errors
Student revises 5-7 of the 10 agreement errors
Student revises 8 of the 10 agreement errors Student revises 9-10 of the 10 agreement errors
Strong Verb Article
Student strengthens 0-5 of the 11 average verbs
Student strengthens 6-8 of the 11 average verbs Student strengthens 9-10 of the 11 average verbs Student strengthens all 11 of the average verbs
On Topic Article
Student eliminates 0 of the 4 off-topic sentences
Student eliminates 1-2 of the 4 off-topic sentences Student eliminates 3 of the 4 off-topic sentences Student eliminates all 4 off-topic sentences
Written Article
Student's article does not follow correct grammar or mechanics rules, is off-topic, or is incomplete
Student's article is on-topic and generally follows correct grammar and mechanics rules
Student's article is on-topic and follows correct grammar and mechanics rules consistently
Student's article is on-topic, follows correct grammar and mechanics rules consistently, and contains many details
Effort & Use of Technology
Student puts forth little or no effort and needs lots of help using the technology
Student puts forth some effort needs some help using the technology
Student puts forth consistent effort and needs very little help using the technology
Student puts forth exemplary effort and uses the technology independently



Conclusion

Congratulations!  You have completed the application process and sharpened your writing skills at the same time.  Thank your for your hard work!

Feel free to complete this WebQuest again or share it with a friend :)


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Credits & References

The follow websites were used in the creation of this WebQuest:







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