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.

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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 brilliant blaze

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 exist.

I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them.

I shall use my time."

Jack London (1876 - 1916)

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