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Introduction | Learners | Standards | Process | Resources | Evaluation | Conclusions



This lesson was developed as part of the Warrensburg, Missouri School District's WebQuest Academy project, a State funded Competitive Technology Grant. I designed it to use in my career education class at an alternative high school.

I chose compulsory attendance as a topic because many at-risk kids have a hard time seeing the need for a formal education or regular attendance. I felt this would be an alternative approach to addressing the problem. In this webquest, students will have to determine what the Missouri Legislature should do with the compulsory attendance law. Hopefully it will help them to see the effects of not finishing High School and not coming regularly.

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This webquest is designed for high school students in any class. While it was specificly designed for at risk students, it could be used with both high school or middle school. It would fit very well into a contemporary issues class or a careers class.

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Curriculum Standards

What will students learn as a result of this lesson? Make a brief list of the Standards that are addressed by this WebQuest. Use the language of existing standards, such as the Missouri Show-me Standards. For example:

Social Studies Standards Addressed

In addition to content standards, such as the examples above, you could also include the process standards that are addressed by your WebQuest.

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Here you can refer to the process description given to students in the Students Pages, and discuss the additional details that a teacher might need.

Describe briefly how the lesson is organized. Does it involve more than one class? Is it all taught in one period per day, or is it part of several periods? How many days or weeks will it take? Is it single disciplinary, interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary or what?

If students are divided into groups, provide guidelines on how you might do that.

If there are misconceptions or stumbling blocks that you anticipate, describe them here and suggest ways to get around them.

If you can think of ways to vary the way the lesson might be carried out in different situations (lab vs. in-class, for example), describe them here.

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Resources Needed

Describe what's needed to implement this lesson. Some of the possibilities:

Describe also the human resources needed. how many teachers are needed to implement the lesson. Is one enough? Is there a role for aides or parents in the room? Do you need to coordinate with a teacher at another school? With a partner in industry or a museum or other entity? Is a field trip designed in as part of the lesson?

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How will you know that this lesson was successful? Describe what student products or performances you'll be looking at and how they'll be evaluated. This, of course, should be tightly related to the standards and objectives you cited above.

You may want to just copy and paste the evaluation section of the student page into this space and add any clarifications needed for another teacher to make use of this lesson.


You are to have a recommendation of how to change Missouri's Compulsory Attendance Law. Your proposal should include both a proposal and the rationale for that proposal.

Grading Guideline
Evaluator: Project Name:
Preliminary Work Inc. Poor Avg. Good Excellent
The student visited all the sites recommended. 1 3 5 7 10
The student took notes to support their opinion for later discussion 1 3 5 7 10
The student came prepared to present their perspective during the discussion. 1 3 5 7 10
The student actively participated in the meeting. 1 3 5 7 10
The student clearly stated their views during the meeting. 1 3 5 7 10
The student made an effort to protect the interests of the role they were given while working to meet a compromise. 1 3 5 7 10
The proposal is reasonable and includes a rationale. 1 3 5 7 10
The proposal is neatly typed. 1 3 5 7 10
Students have used correct punctuation, complete sentences, grammar and spelling. 1 3 5 7 10
Students showed complete understanding of the issues involved. 1 3 5 7 10
Total: ________

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For many students, regular attendance and self motivation are two of the biggest stumbling blocks to success in school. At the conclusion of this lesson, students should have a better understanding of why they are required to go to school and the consequences of not succeeding there. This is something that no amount of lecture could ever accomplish. By taking on the different roles, and then debating the subject in class, students will hopefully be more open to the views of others and more accepting of the need to succeed in school.

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