Making a Literature-based Internet Hunt
Step 1 - Gathering facts and crafting questions.
As you read, make note of things you can search
for on the Internet.
illustrator, setting, events, vocabulary words, equipment used in
tale. I keep a folded piece of paper in the book. As I read, I write
key words and possible questions and the page number from the book
Your final project will have the page number next to each
question on the word processing page. You must have several questions
from each chapter of the book or from different pages of the short
Internet Hunt Question samples
Facts: Find a web
site with factual info related to the story.
Sample - The Wizard of
Oz was originally called ......
could have them look up the definition of words at a dictionary web
Consider asking for antonyms or synonyms.
may select names for their characters based on famous fictional
characters or real people.
Usually this reveals something the author
wants to convey about the character.
Examples: Minerva McGonagall is the strict
transfiguration professor at Hogwarts. Who was Minerva?
Some critics interpret the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of OZ as William Jennings Bryan or any major party politico cowed by the money power.
there an event or description in the book with a scientific basis?
For example: in the the story of Ulysses there was
a whirlpool monster.
There really is such a whirlpool off
the coast of Sicily and it is named for Charybdis.
- Does the
setting or any of the places in the story really exist?
- Can you find
a map to follow?
- In Harry Potter's story he rides a train. You could
check to see if the places along the ride exist.
Consider a question
about distance or travel time.
- What is the
theme of the book?
- Is this discussed in a site on the web?
- Are there
Some people think Lois Lowery's books have a
specific theme. But in her own writings she disagrees with their
- What about his/her life explains something in the book?
- Is there some
event in the author's life that is significant to them?
Historical: Is the
story accurate or does something happen that is out of step with
Right action to take?
Suppose there was a snake bite in the story. Find a site
about snake bites. Was the character's action correct?
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