Selling the Five Regions of Virginia
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A WebQuest for 4th Grade Social Studies

Designed by: Sean Pearson

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Introduction | Task | Process | Evaluation | Conclusion | Credits | Teacher's Page


Urgent news bulletin from the Governor: "Tourism in Virginia has dropped to drastic lows!!!!!!! Virginians are losing millions. We can no longer rely on the historic areas and amusement parks to bring in tourism. Something must be done. I call upon all loyal Virginians to help increase tourism in this dire time."

You and your team have been called in by the governor to replace the old tourist board for your region. Your team's first job is to create a tourism newsletter that will draw in people from outside your region of Virginia. Your newsletter must be informative and creative enough to make people want visit your region.

The Task

Your tasks are to:
The Process

  1. The class will be divided up into groups of four.
  2. Each member of the group will be assigned to research one of the following topics about their region:

  3. After completing the research, enter the data into your section of the newsletter. Make sure to use well formed paragraphs and correct grammar. When discussing the attractions include the name, what type of attraction it is, any fees that are required to enter, and closest city.

  4. Each group will then outline their region on the map and label the cites and attractions.

  5. Present your newsletter and map to the rest of the class as if you were a member of the tourism board trying to recruit people to visit your region. You may do this in any format you wish. For example: A TV commercial displaying your newsletter and map. Read bits of it that will make people want to come to you region. Give them a fake number to call and an address to write to obtain further information.

Remember to use all the information that you have to persuade people to visit this area.



Evaluation A - 46-50 | B - 42-45 | C - 37-43 | D - 34-36 | F - 0-33
CATEGORY Exemplary
Requirements All requirements are met and exceeded. All requirements are met. One requirement was not completely met. (Either a part of the newsletter was missing or the map.) More than one requirement was not completely met. (More than one part of the newsletter was missing or the map.)
Content Newsletter covers region in-depth with details and examples. Knowledge of region is excellent. Newsletter includes essential knowledge about the region. Subject knowledge about the region is good. Newsletter includes essential information about the region but contains 1-2 factual errors. Newsletter content is minimal OR there are several factual errors.
Organization Newsletter is well organized using headings or bulleted lists. Uses headings or bulleted lists to organize, but the overall organization of topics is not clearly organized. Does not follow template OR use complete paragraphs. There was no clear or logical organizational structure, just lots of facts.
Mechanics No misspellings or grammatical errors. Five or fewer misspellings and/or mechanical errors. Five to ten misspellings and/or grammatical errors. More than 10 errors in spelling or grammar.
Attractiveness Makes excellent use of font, color, graphics, effects, etc. to enhance the newsletter. Demonstrates knowledge of Microsoft Word. Makes good use of font, color, graphics, effects, etc. to enhance newsletter. Makes use of font, color, graphics, effects, etc. but occasionally these detract from the newsletter content. Use of font, color, graphics, effects etc. but these often distract from the newsletter content. Overwhelms the reader.
Oral Presentation Interesting, well rehearsed with smooth delivery that holds audience attention. Covers all required aspects from newsletter and map. Relatively interesting, rehearsed with a fairly smooth delivery that usually holds audience attention. Covers most required aspects from newsletter and map. Delivery not smooth, but able to hold audience attention most of the time. Covers half of required aspects from newsletter and map. Delivery not smooth and audience attention lost. Does not cover the required aspects from newsletter and map.
Workload The workload is divided and shared equally by all team members. The workload is divided and shared fairly by all team members, though workloads may vary from person to person. The workload was divided, but one person in the group is viewed as not doing his/her fair share of the work. The workload was not divided OR several people in the group are viewed as not doing their fair share of the work.

Students are asked to report any people in their groups that they believe should not receive an excellent in the workload category.


After researching your region and listening to the presentations of the other regions, you should know more about the regions of Virginia. Did anything you hear spike your interest? If so, feel free to research and learn more about it. Seek to expand your knowledge beyond the your home area.

Credits & References

Seal of Virginia taken from: State of Mine
Regions map was taken from "Great Resource from William and Mary Geology Department".
Flag of Virginia taken from Bassfingguide
All of these images were seen on many other sites as well.

Based on a template from The WebQuest Page