WebQuest for English
Authors have an uncanny way of presenting information to the reader that is often hidden behind rich language and literary devices. In discovering the "mysteries" of the literature, readers gain insights into human experiences and develop a broader understanding of one's self. James Hurst, author of "The Scarlet Ibis," is one who provides "mystery and meaning" through his short story. You will use the web to find information that will help you complete this assignment. What mysteries will you uncover and how will those mysteries find meaning in your life?
You're ready to begin! Have fun on your search for the answers to this mystery:
Don't forget to keep all of the answers to your quest for meaning on your worksheet.
Directions: Make sure you read all of the directions before you begin the journey. You will have a set of three activities to complete. Follow the assigned order of the activities (so please don't jump around as you complete the assignment).
Now that you understand what a symbol is, you are ready to move on to activity #2. Sit back and enjoy as you glance at a variety of symbols and their meanings.
2) Describe the environment in which the scarlet ibis lives.
3) How is environment important to the bird's survival?
Let's see if you can unlock the "mystery" and find the "meaning" in the following poem:
Lie back daughter, let your headAnswer the following questions:
1. The father is giving his daughter advice about floating. This first swim lesson dealing with floating also has a symbolic meaning. Not only is the father giving his daughter advice about floating, but he is also giving his daughter advice about ____________________.
Provide a brief explanation for your choice.
activity, you have discovered the richness of language and have identified
literary devices, particularly the symbol, that aid in developing understanding
the story. You also gained significant information about the scarlet
ibis and its environment. Understanding symbolsim and the background
of the bird will enable you to develop your own analysis of the story.
Congratulations! You are now ready to dive into the story, "The Scarlet
What you will do
In an essay of 250 or more words discuss the importance of symbolism in James Hurst's "The
Scarlet Ibis." Be sure to define symbol, the scarlet ibis, and discuss how the symbolism
is important in the main idea of the story. Be sure to include direct quotes from the
story to support what you say about the story and the use of symbols in the story. How is
this a story of discovering self? What did you discover about yourself? Save this file as
ibis.html and add link on main.html to Scarlet Ibis.
like to thank members of the Maryland Technology Academy, especially Kim
Champagne and Christine Voelker, for introducing us to the world of WebQuests
and teaching us how to create our own masterpiece. Thank you!
credit goes to:
We would like to thank members of the Maryland Technology Academy, especially Kim Champagne and Christine Voelker, for introducing us to the world of WebQuests and teaching us how to create our own masterpiece. Thank you!
Additional credit goes to: