Webquest Lesson on Homelessness: Lesson Plan + Activity sheet

knkIntended Learning Outcomes:

  • The pupils will know what (and where) the Simon Community is. The pupils will also know the founding vision of the Simon Community.
  • The pupils will understand the importance of the work of the Simon Community.
  • The pupils will develop/improve their research, computer and communication skills

 

Lesson Plan:

  • Inform the pupils that in today’s lesson we will be looking at organizations/groups that work toward combatting homeless in Ireland.
  • Orally ask the pupils if they can think of any examples and record the pupil’s responses on the board via brainstorm.
  • Inform the pupils that we will be looking at the Simon Community in today’s lesson.

 

  • Assign each pupil a computer.
  • Go around to each computer and open a Word Document on each computer using a USB stick. (The Word Document will contain the list of websites that they are to use and their task.)
  • Ask all the pupils to look at the Word Document.
  • As a class, read through the questions and the instructions.
  • Inform the pupils that the websites given are there to guide them.
  • Inform the pupils that they can use other websites if they wish.

 

  • Inform the pupils that they will have fifteen minutes to answer the first seven questions.
  • Inform the pupils that they are to answer the questions on the Word Document, using italics.
  • Walk around the room and aid any pupils who may be having difficulty.
  • When the fifteen minutes are up, ask four pupils to read aloud their answers.
  • Engage the pupils in a brief conversation based on their answers.
  • Inform the pupils that they have ten minutes to answer/complete the last two questions.
  • Again, walk around the room and aid any pupils who may be having  difficulty.
  • When the ten minutes are up, ask two pupils to read their answers to  question eight aloud.
  • Ask three pupils to present and explain their chosen image for question nine.
  • Engage the pupils in a brief conversation based on the material presented.

 

  • To conclude the lesson, ask the pupils a series of higher and lower order questions. For example:
  1. What is the Simon Community?
  2. What is its founding vision?
  3. Where is the Simon Community based?
  4. Do you think that the Simon Community is a worthwhile organization? Why?

 

Lesson Activity Sheet: (Copy and Paste onto a Word Document)

 The Simon Community

 

1.     What is the Simon Community?

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2.     Who set up the Simon Community?

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3.     What is the Simon Community’s mission statement?

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4.     What does the Simon Community work towards?

 

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 5.     Give a brief outline of the history of the Simon Community.

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6.     Comment on the Communities significant impact in addressing homelessness in Ireland so far.

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7.     Why would someone want to volunteer to work for the Simon Community? How do you become a volunteer?

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8.     How many Simon Communities are in the Republic of Ireland? Please list them.

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9. Find an image or video clip that you think clearly represents the work of the Simon Community. For example

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Websites to use:

 

 

 

 

 

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