By Katherine Paterson
A WebQuest for Fifth Grade
Sara Butz, Janna Isbell, and Heather Ruppert
Introduction | The
Task | The Process | Evaluation
Lyddie, written in 1991, is a historical fiction novel. Katherine Paterson,
winner of two Newbery Medals, chose to focus this novel on the life of
a girl in the 1840's. In this WebQuest, you will participate in creating
an advertisement for Massachusetts. Indentured servanthood was common during
Lyddie's time, and Lyddie surprisingly finds herself in the middle of this
practice. Finally, Lyddie and her friends need a voice to help inform the
public of their horrible working conditions.
The activities in this WebQuest are designed to increase your understanding
of several themes in this book.
A Diary of Thoughts
Reporting the News
In this WebQuest, three activities are available for you to complete. Before
you begin reading Lyddie, please complete the Summer Vacation activity.
When you get to chapter 3, stop and read the activity titled, A Diary
of Thoughts for specific directions. After completing the book, Reporting
the News summarizes all that you have read and thought about. Remember,
your projects will be graded on accuracy, creativity, and neatness.
Your boss, the magazine editor for Massachusetts Today, has asked
you to create a one page advertisement for the state of Massachusetts.
He has received many letters requesting advertisements that will draw summer
vacationers to Massachusetts. The advertisement needs to show places to
visit and explain reasons why people should travel to Massachusetts. He
requests that you include a minimum of three pictures with captions, and
a paragraph describing different places to visit. The paragraph needs to
be at least eight sentences long, describing a minimum of 5 places to visit.
Some examples are: parks, museums, historical land marks, zoos, places
along the coast, etc. Remember, the advertisement is to be only one page,
so be sure to make it colorful and attractive.
Please refer to the following websites for more information about Massachusetts:
A Diary of Thoughts
As you are reading chapters 3-6, take note of Lyddie's thoughts and feelings.
Since she is unable to keep a diary during her busy stay at Cutler's Tavern,
your task is to do so for her. You will need to have a total of eight entries,
each entry needs to be at least five sentences. Be sure to include any
thoughts, events, feelings, concerns, and opinions that may relate to Lyddie
and her situation.
Please visit the following websites for help in completing this project:
and Diaries: This site discusses what journals and diaries are and
provides tip for keeping them.
Started: You can use this site to get information on starting a journal
Channel : This website provides details about indentured servanthood.
Reporting the News
You are a newspaper reporter of the 1840's. After careful investigation,
you discover horrible working conditions and low wages for factory workers.
You decide to expose the factories for what they are doing by writing an
article for the newpaper. Your article has to be at least 3 paragraphs
long. Each paragraph must have at least 5 sentences. Remember, newspaper
articles answer who, what, when, where, why, and how.
Please refer to the New York Times
or USA Today webpages to gain knowledge
on how newspaper articles should sound to a reader. It may be helpful to
find a specific article that interests you and then read it to see how
the author organizes it to make it interesting for readers.
For information regarding the working conditions of that time, please
visit the following site:
||Needs Improvement (6-0)
||Project is organized in a logical, sequntial manner.
||Some sequence and order is present.
||Project is lacking a sequential or logical order.
||Contains all elements required.
||Contains most elements required.
||Little or none of the elements required.
||All information presented is correct.
||Most information presented is correct.
||Little or no information presented is correct.
||Less than 3 errors in grammar and spelling.
||Between 3 and 6 errors in grammar and spelling.
||Greater than 6 errors in grammar and spelling.
||Ideas are presented in a unique and interesting manner.
||Interesting presentation but lacks a unique format.
||Ideas presented in an unexciting and uninteresting manner.
||Lettering and artwork are beyond expectations for fifth and sixth grade
||Project is easy to read and clear. Artwork is reasonable for fifth
||Projects is difficult to read and artwork is poorly prepared.
Having completed this WebQuest, you will have a greater knowledge of Massachusetts,
indentured servanthood, and the working conditions of the 1840's. You have
also practiced applying the Internet to school related assignments.