Quest for Eleventh Grade
Introduction | Task
| Process | Evaluation
| Conclusion | Credits
As you read Cold Mountain, you will explore several different aspects
of literary analysis. So put on your reading glasses and prepare
for a discovery of various perceptions! You will live through this
story as a doctor, scientist, anthropologist, sociologist, and literary
critic. The story will take a new shape as you take a peep into the
dreams and mythologies of the characters. Your glasses will reveal
multiple dimensions of reality as you look through the eyes of gender,
ethnicity, economic status, age, political roles, regional boundaries,
etc. So, prepare to open your eyes and be absorbed into the world
of Cold Mountain!
By the end of this
novel, your explorations should show how conceptual background influences
your perceptions and analysis of a story and its characters!
As an active reader, you will also
many different people. To avoid getting lost in these multiple personalities,
you will design a journal that will reflect your adventure through Cold
Mountain. By completing the main activities, you must:
Disclaimer: The creators of the webquest are not responsible
for any side effects of the trip through Cold Mountain, which could
cause intense excitement and unexpected perceptual adventures.
Exercise lots of imagination!
Organize activities into a final product to
Explore the influence of perspective in literature
Engage in multi-media research.
Recognize different themes that pervade through
Become aware of how your previous knowledge,
feelings, and thoughts change the reading experience.
To begin the journey, the literary tour guide
(your teacher) will separate you into survival clans of 4 students.
The clan will die if each person does not contribute their special skill
during the activities. There is no immunity! As a clan, you will
do the following:
Choose one of the three activities below to
complete while reading Cold Mountain. (Your tour guide may
assign you to a specific activity.) Look through the sites now to
get an idea of objectives, goals, tasks, reading materials, etc.
Decide how tasks will be completed. Does
each individual do a separate activity and combine them later, or does
the group do them collectively? If there is individual delegation,
who will complete each task?
Create a timeline of when different parts of
the task will be completed and determine when each person will share his
or her information with the other clan members.
Depending on the activity, design an outline
of how you plan to organize the final journal.
Present the activity you choose, the roles
of each member, and the timeline to the tour guide for approval.
After each session along the journey, you will give a brief written report
to show how it's progressing.
The literary tour guide will use this rubric
to determine the quality of your experience through Cold Mountain.
You will be assessed as a clan as well as an individual. Keep this
in mind as you work with your fellow adventurers and complete the tasks.
Though the journey will be exhausting and
your moods may fluctuate, you will be expected to act in the interest of
the clan. If not, you may be threatened, tarred and feathered, or
left to the wild beasts (or enemy soldiers). If you have survived,
it is because your clan members valued your participation. You must
download the following graph to complete for each member of your clan.
It will help the tour guide establish the clan's overall cooperation.
Include the perceptual analysis of the characters in your clan at the end
of your journal. *****
pictures, drawings, photos, etc. Very short writings. No reflective
Not many illustrations.
Short writings. Little reflective thinking.
Well-developed writings. Evidence of reflective thinking.
High-quality writings. Profound thought is evident.
Did not complete
tasks but with little insight or effort.
tasks with the minimum amount of effort.
tasks with high effort, obvious quality, and deeper insight.
not have sections or any sign of coherency. Assignments are randomly
sections, but the placement and reasons for assignments are unclear.
are clearly organized and seem to follow a logical flow.
of the journal enhances the overall effect and indicates the students'
understanding of the material.
is present but doesn't actively participate.
minimal participation and doesn't contribute to group tasks.
and gives acceptable effort towards group tasks.
leadership within the group, contributes to group tasks and shares ideas.
Also gives respect towards other members.
You have reached victory! Gratefully,
the war is over, but sadly, you have come to an end in your journey through
Mountain. However, you will never forget the intriguing characters
you met along the way, especially the clan members who helped you survive
through the chaos. When you embark on future adventures, remember
to be aware of which glasses of perspective you are wearing and attempt
to step out of familiar footsteps in order to embrace and explore the unknown.
Finally, pay deep respect to your tour guide!
Credits & References
We would like to recognize and give thanks to the following resources:
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
Dr. Connie Ulmer, professor of Content Reading at Appalachian State University
on August 15, 1999. Based on
a template from The