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  • 1. ERIE CANAL WEBQUEST Using the Internet to Learn About History Created by Ms. Michelle La Voie, Library Media Specialist 7/26/2010 "Low Bridge, Everybody Down" 1
  • 2. Introduction • You are about to take an adventure through history, learning how the Erie Canal helped to transform New York State, and eventually the United States, into a major industrial and economic power. • You will use primary sources, or historical documents, and other information available on the Web to find answers to a set of questions. 7/26/2010 2
  • 3. Task • Your task is to work with your partner to travel into history, using the Internet, in search of answers to questions about the Erie Canal. All of your answers will be found on the Web sites provided for you. 7/26/2010 3
  • 4. Process • You will receive a handout that lists all of the questions you will answer. • You and your partner will click on the links in the Resources pages that follow, to begin exploring documents and Web sites that contain answers to the questions. • Write the answer to each question on the handout. • You and your partner should take turns operating the mouse and recording information on the handout. 7/26/2010 4
  • 5. Process (continued) • After you have answered all of the questions on the Erie Canal, please raise your hand for the teacher to check over your group's work. 7/26/2010 5
  • 6. Resources (1) Click on the link below and answer the following questions: • Question 1a: Name 4 major cities located along the Erie Canal. • Question 1b: What waterway connected Lake Ontario to the Erie Canal in Syracuse? 7/26/2010 Map 6
  • 7. Resources (2) Click on the link below and scroll down until you find the chart called Population of the Old Northwest. • Question 2a: What does the chart tell us about the relationship between the opening of the Erie Canal in the 1820s, and the population of lands west of New York State? • Question 2b: What 4 states (or territories at that time) are listed in the chart? Canal Impact 7/26/2010 7
  • 8. Resources (3) Click on the link below and scroll down to the section under The Size of the Locks. • Question 3a: What was the “doubling of the locks” that occurred between 1836 and 1862? • Question 3b: How did this improve travel along the Erie Canal? Erie Canal - Locks 7/26/2010 8
  • 9. Resources (4) Click on and read the lyrics to: Low Bridge, Everybody Down Then compare the 2 images below and answer the question that follows: 7/26/2010 9
  • 10. Resources (4) - Continued • Question 4a: What change did the song writer, Thomas Allen, suggest was coming to canal travel when he wrote this song in 1905? • Question 4b: Look at the picture below, and explain what you think it tells you about the song. 7/26/2010 10
  • 11. Conclusion Congratulations! You have completed the Erie Canal Webquest! Please raise your hand to let me know you are finished. Wait quietly until I come to check your work. Thank you! 7/26/2010 11
  • 12. Evaluation Your work will be evaluated on: • the accuracy of your answers and the quality of your written responses (grammar, spelling, and punctuation). • How well you worked as a part of a team. 7/26/2010 12
  • 13. Next Steps • When everyone is finished, we will review the questions as a class. • Once this activity is complete, each student will produce an ACROSTIC poem about the Erie Canal, based on what they learned in the Webquest. These will be compiled into a book and added to the library’s collection. 7/26/2010 13