The Grand Canyon A WebQuest for Secondary 4 and 5 students (ESL) Designed by Corrine Chabot, Jérémi Dalpé, Doria Ayadi and Boubakeur Laatar Image courtesy of: http://www.nps.gov/grca/ Introduction | Task | Process | Evaluation | Conclusion Introduction Welcome to the Grand Canyon WebQuest page. Over the next six periods, you will become a specialist of this amazing natural wonder. You will act as travel agent, tour guide, geographer and historian. Eventually, you will share your knowledge with others. You will do so by first researching many aspects of the Grand Canyon in order to create a travel brochure and a video advertisement that you will present at the International Tourism Symposium. Remember that you must be convincing in order to demonstrate why YOUR wonder is the best one to visit and why it is worthy of being included in the Seven Wonders of the World? The Task Your group of four people will have a kiosk to present the Grand Canyon at the International Tourism Symposium. Each person within the group will be responsible for gathering and providing certain information about the Grand Canyon. You are all experts of one aspect of ‘selling’ your wonder. The tourists attending the convention are very curious as to why your wonder is being represented, about the history and description of the wonder and the logistics to visiting the wonder in order to establish if the Grand Canyon is worthy of visiting or not. At your kiosk you will have to present your video advertisement, your brochure, and you are responsible for decorating your kiosk with maps and pictures. By presenting a travel brochure and a video at the International Tourism Symposium, you will tell us why the Grand Canyon is the best wonder to visit and why it is worthy of being included in the Seven Wonders of the World. The Process 1. To organize the gathering of information, your team will be split in two. Two people will be: Two people will be: Travel Agents and Geographers and Tour Guides Historians You are responsible for gathering You are responsible for gathering information information for the planning of a trip to on the historical and geographical aspects of The Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon. You will gather info on: You will gather info on: -Currency -History of the Wonder -Plane ticket -Geography (where is it) -Hotels, accommodation -Landscape -Things to see/do -The country -Food, restaurants -Politics -Culture 2. In your speciality team, you will examine each of the sites on the list of resources. These sites are a starting point and you can explore the links they provide to gather the information that you are looking for. Take notes that you will use to create your brochure and video. Resources for the whole Group: The Grand Canyon: http://library.thinkquest.org/J002388/grandcanyon.html Resources for the tour guides and the travel agents: The Canyon.com: http://www.thecanyon.com/ Adventure Travel Vacation: http://www.discoverytreks.com/ Grand Canyon National Park: http://www.grand.canyon.national-park.com/ Resources for the geographers and historians: National Park Service: http://www.nps.gov/grca/ The Grand Canyon Explorer: http://www.kaibab.org/geology/gc_geol.htm Grand Canyon National Park: http://www.grand.canyon.national- park.com/info.htm#huma 3. Now, here is a link that can guide you in creating your travel brochure. However, remember that you can be as original and creative as you want: Brochure template Travel Brochure Outline 4. Now, to give you an idea of how you may want to develop your video, things you may want to include in your video, or just to inspire you in creating your video, you will all look at the following sites. Remember, you can be as original and as creative as you wish: Travelistic: Videos for Travellers: http://www.travelistic.com/ Passports: http://www.passports.com/trips/video_index.asp 5. For maps to decorate your kiosks, you can find what you are looking for using these links: MapQuest: http://www.mapquest.com/ http://go.hrw.com/atlas/norm_htm/world.htm Maps: http://www.mapsofworld.com/ World Wonders: http://wonderclub.com/AllWorldWonders.html 6. If you are interested in acquiring, or learning about what kind of music is popular in the country of your wonder, this site will give you the information you need: Native American Music: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Native_American_music Evaluation For your evaluation criteria and the peer evaluation forms, the teacher evaluation forms and the self evaluation forms, go back to the MAIN PAGE of the WebQuest project and refer to the ‘Evaluation’ section of this page. Conclusion Now that you have gathered all the information necessary in this project to become experts on your wonder and you have created your brochure and your video, you are now ready to present at the International Tourism Symposium. In order to do this, refer to the advice we give you on the MAIN PAGE, and look under step number 8 in the ‘Process’ section of the project. Finally, you will refer to the ‘Evaluation’ and ‘Conclusion’ parts of the project in order to accomplish your task.