Upon completion of this unit, the participant will:

  1. Be able to differentiate between topics that are good to use for a webquest and topics that are not good to use for a webquest activity.
  2. Have come up with a list of possible topics to use for their own webquest.

Choosing a Topic


When creating a webquest picking your topic is important. However, you need to be careful with the topic that you choose to use. Webquests ARE NOT to be used to teach factual pieces of information. For example a webquest would not be the right activity to use when teaching students their times table, the chemical symbols on the top two lines of the periodic table, or the state flags of New England.

Topics that you want to use with webquests are ones that are less well-defined, which invite creativity. Also, you want to include problems where there could be several possible solutions, using open ended questions is a great way to do that. An example of a great open ended question that could be used for a webquest topic would be, ‘what kinds of people were most likely to survive the sinking of the Titanic? Why?’

Task for UNIT 2

  • Click on the following link which will bring you to a webpage with many examples of webquests [1]. Your task for this unit is to pick three of the webquest examples to look at. While browsing the three you picked, write down what each of their topics is. Then in one paragraph for each webquest, explain why each of those topics is a good choice to use for a webquest.


  • Write down two to three topics that you would like to create a webquest on. Then in a couple sentences explain why you chose those topics and why they would make a good topic to use for a webquest.

When you have finished reflecting on Unit 2, you may continue onto UNIT 3--FINDING SITES