A WebQuest for 10th Grade Literature
Designed by Mrs. Aubry; Adapted by
Think about the last few movies you saw and really liked...Did they have
suspense? Intrigue? Deception? Betrayal? Malice? Scandal?... Murder? William
Shakespeare's Julius Caesar contains all of these components...Sound interesting?
Julius Caesar is set in 44 B.C. and was written by William Shakespeare in 1599
A.D. Julius Caesar reigned over the Roman Empire from 67 B.C. to 44 B.C. until
he was assassinated. Although it is set in ancient Rome and was written during
the Renaissance, the play holds several themes that are still present for us today.
So, what does Julius Caesar have in common with today's world? That's your
job--to find out and present similarities between Caesar's world and our own.
A group of concerned citizens in our town does not think we should read Julius
Caesar in our sophomore English class. This group believes that Julius Caesar has
nothing to do with our lives today and that we should focus on reading more
modern works. Your group's job is to convince these people at the next board
meeting that Julius Caesar contains themes that are relevant to us today.
You should use the resources provided on this webquest as well as your own
personal knowledge to complete your task.
By the end of this webquest, your group will have created and presented a
Power Point presentation for the board meeting (which may look surprisingly
like your English class!) to prove that Julius Caesar is just as relevant as modern
writings in our lives today. You will present your findings to the class as a
Additionally, you will turn in an assignment that is specific to the role you
choose. You will receive two grades: One for your group's Power Point
presentation and one for your individual assignment. This means you HAVE to
do your part on this project. Otherwise, your grade will suffer.
Through this webquest, you will be able to increase your knowledge of Julius
Caesar's time to improve your comprehension when we read the play Julius
Caesar. You will be working individually at your own pace, choosing what most
interests you, and also working in a group to reach consensus on the most
dominant themes related to Julius Caesar's time that persist today. You will
encounter a variety of writing projects and have an opportunity to increase your
literacy with print and speech.
1. First, you will be divided into groups of 4. In your group there will be one
reporter, one architect, one psychic, and one doctor. You will decide among
your group members who will play each role.
2. Before we do anything else, we need to check on what you already
know/believe about Julius Caesar's time. Print out this anticipation guide and
then discuss your opinions as a group to prepare yourself for what you will read
3. Next, everyone in your group should read a summary of the tragedy Julius
Caesar to help you relate what you will learn during this webquest to the play (
Look for themes you can relate to as you read the summary so you'll know what
themes you can include in your Power Point presentation! You can use a
comparison chart while reading to organize the similarities you notice between
Julius Caesar modern-day events. The chart is for comparisons and contrasts, but
you should just focus on comparisons in this section.)
Julius Caesar Summary
4. After reading the summary, it's time to get started on your individual task to
connect your task to the story of Julius Caesar! Because each role requires some
type of writing, you might want to review the elements of the writing process or
look at a chart depicting the stages of the writing process before you get started.
Click on your role to find out what you need to do for your task. The process for
each individual role is described on your individual page.
5. Once everyone in your group is finished with his/her particular task, get
together to create a presentation for the class (board meeting). Take the
information you gained during your individual task and decide which aspects
will convince the board members that we encounter the same situations today.
You can use a comparison chart to keep track of similarities that each of you
found between Caesar's world and our own while completing your individual
tasks (remember--even though this chart can be used for contrasts as well, you
should only focus on comparisons at this point because you are trying to show
that Julius Caesar can be related to themes today). Your presentation should be in
the form of a Power Point presentation in which everyone in your group
participates. You should try to include pictures and sounds in your Power Point
presentation, but don't go overboard on the sounds. Pictures should also have
something to do with your presentation. Also, try to phrase your slides differently
to make them varied and, therefore, more interesting. You could also change
backgrounds or colors to keep things exciting! You can try some of these sites for
help with your Power Point presentation:
Barry's Clip Art
#1 Free Clip Art
Free Animation and Clip Art Sites
Power Point Tutorial
Power Point Instructions
Some people are nervous about speaking in front of a group. Some people find it
difficult to begin organizing an oral presentation. If either of these situations
describes you, you might want to read some tips on preparation for and delivery
of oral presentations:
LJL Seminars Speaking Tips (especially Overcoming Anxiety , Speech
Preparation , Gathering Info , & Transitions )
Steps in Planning/Preparing Effective Oral Presentations
6. Finally, look at the anticipation guide again as a group to find out if any of
your opinions have changed or were confirmed during the course of this
You will receive two grades: One grade for your personal assignment specific to
your role, and one for your group's Power Point presentation. See your
individual role's page for evaluation of your personal assignment. Below is the
rubric for the group's Power Point presentation.
Group Evaluation Scoring Guide
After completing this webquest, you should be able to see themes that are
timeless; whether you lived in the age of Caesar, the age of Shakespeare, or the
age of Oprah, you would have encountered some of the same timeless human
experiences. Can you think of any other literary works you have read that
demonstrate the continuity of human nature? You might want to check out the
following links to find out more about Julius Caesar or William Shakespeare:
Julius Caesar Timeline
Social Studies for Kids: Julius Caesar
Credits & References
The original webquest was created by: Mrs. Aubrey
http://edtech.cebs.wku.edu/~ppetty/baubrey.htm; Webquest was modified by Mrs. Gugel.
Images were downloaded from:
Elements of Literature: Fourth Course . (2003) Holt, Rinehart, and Winston: Austin.