Life and Amusement WebQuest
A WebQuest for 12th Grade
(English IV-ENGL 2323)
San Antonio ISD
Introduction | Task
| Conclusion | Credits | Teacher Page
power of H.G. Wells’ Time Machine, you and your team have been
whisked back to England at the time of the Age of Victoria. You are confronted with intimately learning
the life and lingo of the Victorian people, and trying to sort out the
confusion of energies in this tumultuous and contradictory time. Learn all you can about the Victorians, their
customs, their problems, their triumphs, and their daily lives. When you return, representatives of the
Disney Corporation will approach you to help them design a Victorian theme
returned from your time travel visit to Victorian England, you have two
tasks. Your first task is to write a 3-page
research paper on the aspect of Victorian life that
you explored. This should be well
written and well documented. Various
sites will be suggested to you below, but you must also explore and use
off-line resources (a minimum of 5) and document them as well. You will follow the format approved for this
class. Your second task is to prepare a presentation for the Disney representatives on the Victorian
You should give your park a name, a flag, a slogan, and design at least
four distinct thematic areas. One of the
sub-tasks of your group will be to determine the theme focus of each area. Each area must have its own name, flag,
attractions, rides, food court, and menu.
You might also want to have a jingle or theme song for each area.
the park will have a visitor’s center/museum that will be a “time
capsule” of Victorian England. The
museum should be arranged logically to allow visitors to really learn about
Victorian life. Use the research paper
to help create the displays you will offer to the public. Be sure to include a gift shop with
appropriately tacky souvenirs. Each
member of the class will have an active role in the presentation. The presentation should include a map of the
park, a map of each area, a map of the visitor’s center/museum.
San Antonio’s reputations as a great place for tourists is
riding on your proposal; don’t let your city down.
1. First, each member of the class should choose an area of
study. You will become the resident
expert on this aspect of Victorian life.
Victorian Architecture: An Overview
Art and Architecture
The Great Exhibition of
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Ford Madox Brown
Edward Coley Jones
Sites: 19th and 20th Century
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Robert Louis Stevenson
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
as Industrial Workers
Labor and the Industrial Revolution
and other holidays
A Victorian Christmas
Christmas in Victorian
Spirit of Christmas Past
19th Century Holiday
Guy Fawkes Holiday
What Victorians Wore
The Customer's Manifesto
The Costume Gallery
The Regency Fashion Page
What's a Guinea?
The Bank of England
life and the home
Care and Feeding of
The Victorian Station
Language of Victorian
The Tea Tradition
of Industrial England
Hunger and Malnutrition in Alice in Wonderland
and Public Health in the Alice Books
The History of Tea
Life of the Industrial
Industrial Revolution Class Lecture
Jack the Ripper
History of the Metropolitan
The Role of the Victorian
19th Century Music
Romantic Era Music Links
Arthur Sullivan Homepage
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert
The Life and Times of Queen
and Dear Albert
Excerpts from Victoria's
Boy's Clothes for
Outing at the Park
Railways in the 19th
Railways, Punch, and "Hudson's Statue"
of Victorian Railways
in the 19th Century
3. When you have completed your web-research on your area of study,
find at least 5 (five) off-line resources for additional information.
4. Write a well-documented research paper following the
accepted class format (see the Bedford Handbook), especially noting the rules
for MLA documentation. This portion of
your assignment is due 2 weeks from today.
5. To begin preparing for your presentation to the Disney
representatives, check out the following sites about amusement parks.
Then, as a class decide on the
park’s name, slogan, flag and organization. What are the four thematic areas you will
divide your park into? How will you
organize your museum?
6. Divide yourselves into four teams, each with the responsibility
for one section of the park.
7. Assign the following roles within each team (some may need
to take on more than one role.)
Superintendent: The superintendent
will oversee the project, and make sure that all of the individual parts come
together to complete the project. The
superintendent will also take notes on what everyone is doing and make sure
that jobs and topics for the museum are not duplicated. This person will be responsible for keeping
the group on task and on time. The
superintendent will be the "right hand person" helping all of the
other group members. This person is also
responsible for working with the other Project Superintendents and making sure
that all of the pieces of the larger project fit together and are done in a
of Food Service: This person takes
the ideas of the group and makes the final decisions about what food to serve
and this person will create the actual menu.
Disney wants to see the menu exactly as the park visitors will see it. Be creative and stick to the theme. (You may certainly work with the other
Coordinators of Food Service to be sure that there is a good variety of
offering throughout the park.)
This person will ensure that the
flag and the slogan that the group has come up with are created, and are
visible and that a physical representation of the theme is evident either in
the lay out of the park or the plantings.
(You may certainly work with the other Groundskeepers to be sure that
there is a good variety and coordination throughout the park.)
Coordinator: This person will turn
the ideas of the group into the reality of the park. Remember that you need rides, and shows and
games for a variety of age groups. Remember
that music can be an important part of creating the atmosphere for your
area. (You may certainly work with the
other Attractions Coordinators to be sure that there are a good variety of
activities throughout the park.)
Co-Curator: This person will turn
of ideas of the group and specific information from their research papers into
the area of the museum this team is responsible for. This person will coordinate with other museum
co-curators to design the layout of the museum and the contents of displays and
the gift shop.
On the day of
the presentation, the Project Superintendents should present the overview of
the park, and then the teams should present their individual areas.
Your group will be graded on the process of creating
the amusement park and on the historical accuracy of your areas and museum
section, as well as the attractiveness of the concept. Individually you will be graded on the
content, grammar, mechanics, and documentation of your research papers.
Check out your presentation rubric
Once you have completed this project you will have
a very good grasp of the life of the Victorians. You will have some understanding of how they
lived their daily lives and how politics and world events influenced them. You will also have learned to translate these
trends into a exciting representation of Victorian England. Look around San Antonio for evidence of Victorian life.
Credits & References
[Online Image] Available: <A HREF="http://www.victorians.net/clipart.shtml">Victorian
Clipart</a>, March 21, 2002.
Jpangels.gif [Online Image] Available:<A HREF="http://www.victorians.net/clipart.shtml">Victorian
Clipart</a>, March 21, 2002.