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Jackson Davis Collection of African American Educational Photographs

Classroom Resources:
Educational Web Quests

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Web Quest Introduction

Using web quests in the classroom, teachers can incorporate the World Wide Web into their classroom activities. Integrating technology into the classroom through web quests, the teacher uses the web quest with specific links to the world wide web that guides the students through an activity where they are required to use provided web sites and provided links to complete a "task".

Defining this new and unique vehicle for enhancing classroom learning, Bernie Dodge states: "There are already thousands of schools connected in some way with the internet, and the number is increasing geometrically.There is no agreed upon terminology for the kinds of instructional activities they are creating for themselves, and the field would benefit from having a few clear categories to describe the new forms of learning environments now opening up to us." More information about web quests can be found at this site:


The Jackson Davis Web Quests

Using the University of Virginia Jackson Davis collection of African American Photographs, Web Quests have been constructed for the elementary grades including grades one through six. The activities and objectives of these web quests are in correlation with Virginia Standards of Learning: http://www.pen.k12.va.us/go/Sols/history.html

The content of these Web Quests focuses specifically on History and Social Science standards for grades one through six, as well as the technology standards at the end of grade 5. Accompanying the Jackson Davis Web Quest collection are "teacher's guides" to help teachers implement Web Quests and the use of technology in their classrooms. The teacher guides contain a lesson plan for each activity which outlines materials needed and SOL correlations as well as resources and suggestions for extension activities.


"Then and Now"

Grades 1 and 2

The students will compare contemporary American life with American life in previous time periods as well as comparing current school and community with past school and community.

Web Quest

Teacher's Guide


"Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness" The Advancement of African Americans in the world of Education"

Grade 3

The students will examine the fundamental ideals and principles that form the foundation of our republican form of government including inalienable rights ("life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness"), the rule of law, justice, and equality under the law.

The students will identify examples from history of conflicts over rights, how those conflicts were resolved, and the important people who helped resolve them.

The students will process, store, retrieve, and transmit electronic information by using search strategies to retrieve electronic information using a database

Web Quest

Teacher's Guide


Virginia Education and the World: Industrial Expositions and African American Education

Grades 4 & 5

The students will Identify, analyze, and make generalizations about life in Virginia using primary sources including artifacts, diaries, letters, photographs, art, documents, and newspaper.

The students will trace the history of Virginia in the 20th century with emphasis on: Social and political events linked to desegregation and massive resistance and their relationship to national history.

Web Quest

Teacher's Guide


Educational Timelines

Grade 6

The students will describe the economic, social, and political transformation of the United Ststes since World War II, with emphasis on segeration, desegregation, and the Civil Rights Movement.

The students will develop skills for historical analysis, including the ability to identify, analyze, and interpret primary sources (artifacts, diaries, letters, photographs, art documents, and newspapers) and contemporary media (computer information systems) and to make generlizations about events and life in the United States since 1877.

The students will develop skills for historical analysis, including the ability to recognize and explain how different points of view have been influenced by nationalism, race, religion, and ethnicity.

The students will develop skills for historical analysis, including the ability to construct various timelines of United States history since 1877 including land mark dates, technological and economic changes, social movements, military conflicts, and presidential elections.

Web Quest

Teacher's Guide

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