ANIMAL ISSUES
WebQuest for Grades 9 - 12, WebQuest Agricultural Series by Missouri Farm Bureau and Missouri State University  



INTRODUCTION
Farmers and ranchers across the United States face daily challenges to raise the animals that produce healthy meats, milk and dairy products, eggs and the co-products that we use daily.  These challenges have included weather, diseases, predators and parasites, fluctuating feed costs, low sale prices, and biology.  Increasingly, animal producers have to deal with new challenges.  These challenges come from individuals and organizations that do not want animals to be used for food and entertainment or kept in zoos or as pets.  These challenges are also being felt by those who rescue abused or abandoned animals, pet breeders, and care for zoo animals.  As we work to ensure that all animals are well cared for, we need to carefully examine the information we are given and understand the ultimate purpose of organizations we may support.  

 

PROCESS
Students should work in groups for each activity on this Web quest.  They may self select or be placed in groups at your direction.

Students have been given a general overview with two activities that challenge information that animal activists use to promote themselves and raise money.  Their task will be to reexamine the information with a critical eye even to the extent of developing an information piece critical of an organization. They have also been given five case studies of specific animal issues to research and develop appropriate presentations for.  Each case study has hyperlinks to select from one of two student organizers. ORGANIZER A or ORGANIZER B to assist in organizing information graphically.  The format that students choose to prepare and present the information about their case study will be determined by the group. They may choose to develop a PowerPoint presentation, poster display, play or skit, series of ads or commercials, clip for the Web, etc.  Part of the evaluation rubric indicates that the format should be appropriate for the information that needs to be communicated. Please emphasize the need for proper citations to avoid plagiarism for both text and images. 

In evaluating student performance on these Web quests 25 points is possible in the general critique, 50 point in the case study and the final 25 points should be assessed in the group discussion of all issues when developing answers to all issues presented.

 

CONCLUSION
The intent of this Web quest is to familiarize students with the perspective of the issues representing the viewpoint of agricultural producers, animal caregivers at zoos and shelters, dog breeders, and health departments that are not commonly advertised or heard in various animal discussions.  The intent is also to encourage students to research issues more thoroughly (examining at least two sides of the issue) before taking a position or align themselves with a cause or organization.      

 

EVALUATION
Teamwork Rubric – General

Competency

5 points

4 points

2-3points

0-1 point

Creative critique

Creatively and effectively criticizes the lack of effort

Provides some criticism on the lack of effort

Critique is weak and lack of effort is unclear

Critique is neither creative nor effective

 

 

Poster

Information presented demonstrates a strong understanding of the issue.

Information presented demonstrates some understanding of the issue.

Information presented demonstrates an incomplete understanding of the issue.

Information presented demonstrates a complete lack of   understanding.

 

Citations

All sources and graphics properly cited.

Most sources and graphics properly cited.

Some sources and graphics properly cited but not all.

Complete lack of citation.

Response to Opposition

Demonstrated complete understanding of opposition

Able to respond to most opposition

Tried to answer opposition

Not able to answer opposition

 

Teamwork

Presentation reflects teamwork by all members. 

Presentation reflects teamwork by most members

Presentation reflects some teamwork

Presentation reflects little or no teamwork

 

Teamwork Rubric – Case Studies

Competency

10 points

7 points

4 points

0 points

 

 

Presentation

Format suits information, presentation demonstrates a strong understanding of the problem.

Format suits information, presentation demonstrates some understanding of the problem.

Format unsuitable, presentation demonstrates little or incomplete understanding
of the problem.

Format does not suit information, presentation demonstrates a complete lack of   understanding.

 

Citations

All sources and graphics properly cited.

Most sources and graphics properly cited.

Some sources and graphics properly cited but not all.

Complete lack of citation.

 

Creative Solutions

Very creative solutions presented and encouraged.

Creative solutions presented and encouraged.

Some creative solutions presented and encouraged.

No creative solutions provided or encouraged.

Response to Questions

Demonstrated complete understanding

Able to respond to most questions

Tried to answer questions

Not able to answer questions

 

Teamwork

Presentation reflects teamwork by all members. 

Presentation reflects teamwork by most members

Presentation reflects some teamwork

Presentation reflects little or no teamwork

 National Curriculum and Content Standards for High School