PPS WebQuest tasks


Penrith PS students will be completing the following steps to research “Australian bushrangers”:

Week 1: Pretest.

Week 2: Discuss the CBCA shortlisted book, Ned Kelly’s Jerilderie letter – edited by Carole Wilkinson (Black Dog Books). (Explicit teaching: discuss differences between primary and secondary sources.)

Week 3: PMI matrix – Plus, Minus, Interesting facts: using“Law on the goldfields” article (pp 24-25) from the book, Gold in Australia (Macmillan, 1996) by Bruce McClish. (Explicit teaching: deconstruction of PMI matrixes.)

Week 4: Contribute best PMI points in own words on a class matrix to publish on blog.

Week 5: Compose introductory class messages to upload to the “Gold quest” blog. (Explicit teaching: deconstruction of an introductory message.)

Week 6: Commence a facts matrix on one (or more if time allows) bushranger per group, using Internet resources. Points to consider:

  • early life
  • exploits
  • last days
  • why do you think they became a bushranger?
  • other points of interest (eg. location of activities, behaviour generally, comments they may have made, songs or legends about them, etc.)
  • sources

Week 7: Add to facts matrix using additional print and pictorial resources; double-check key facts. Since photographic and printing technologies and facilities were limited in colonial times, you may require a text-based physical description of the selected bushrangers.

Week 8: Report back about chosen bushranger; post one “fascinating fact” to the blog. Determine why your chosen bushranger was particularly “dangerous” or “notorious”. (Note: Presentation format was not announced until all research was completed.)

Week 9: Select appropriate data on the bushranger you plan to set a bounty on; be prepared to tell the class why you selected that person as being dangerous or notorious. Draft, edit and upload text to The newspaper clipping generator/reward poster website. Save as a jpeg and print it out a copy for each group members’ work books. (Explicit teaching: deconstruction of newspaper headlines; colonial era “Wanted” posters; appropriate dates; and colonial newspaper journalistic styles.)

Week 10: Complete uploading jpegs to blog. Evaluations (ie. Redo pretest from Week 1).

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