Originally Created By:
Ralph A. Bucci of Charles W. Flanagan High School

Recreated By:

Dan Dupois
Vanessa Velino
Kathleen Smith
Norman Reynolds

We are current students studying to be prestigious educators at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts....
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An Internet WebQuest on the Shakespearean Authorship Question


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Teacher's Introduction
Who exactly is the real William Shakespeare?! For more than 200 years there have been countless debates hoping to solve this mystery. This webquest would be meaningful for students to learn how to effectively organize through research and prepare debate presentations for the class from which students will generate their own unique standpoints for a research paper.

To successfully complete this WebQuest, students will need experience gathering and analyzing research materials and also be familiar with Microsoft Word and PowerPoint software. We have included various links throughougt the WebQuest for students to use in their research development. We have also provided a link to "Debate Central" which includes various tools and instructions all about debating.

The size of the groups depends on the dynamics of your own classroom. However, there will be three groups altogether: one supporting Christopher Marlowe, Edward De Vere, or William Shakespeare as the real Shakespearean author.

When students have completed their debate presentations, each student will then use the information gathered from the three debates to formulate who they believe is the true Shakespearean author. By doing this WebQuest, students will have successfully utilized reasearch, speaking, technology, group work, and analyzing skills.

Teacher's Resources
Rubric Links
Debate Rubric
Research Paper Rubric pt.1
Research Paper Rubric pt.2
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