Literature based Internet Scavenger
hunts - December 2001
A group of eighth grade students in Mrs. Janet Sassaman's
Language Arts classes created hunts. They were based on one
of three books read by the group. Each hunt was unique. It
lead the user on a question-based, activity that revealed
information about the setting, author, characters,
vocabulary and more. The questions were meant to offer
insight into the story and the author.
The hunts were based on "To Build a Fire" or The Call
of the Wild, both by Jack London, or on the novel
Downriver by Will Hobbs.
To create the hunts, students:
1. Made note of challenging
vocabulary, places, historic events,
and interesting facts in the stories.
2. Researched these items on the Internet.
They developed their own questions.
3. Created a web page with
links to sites or pages that offered the correct answer
to their questions.
MS Word web pages how to pdf
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4. Evaluation rubric.
An example: "To Build a Fire"
Hunt by Jen O'Hora
Have the students do a
month based hunt to give
them an idea of how an Internet hunt works.
Literature based Internet Hunts
Start / Gathering
facts & questions / Research / Conversion to a webpage / Rubric
"I would rather be ashes than dust!
I would rather that my spark should burn out in a
than it should be stifled by dry rot.
I would rather be a superb meteor,
every atom of me in magnificent glow,
than a sleepy and permanent planet.
The proper function of man is to live, not to
I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong
I shall use my time."
Jack London (1876 - 1916)