• Cancer Webquest

    source: http://questgarden.com/100/49/7/100407154443/index.htm

    Purpose:

    This WebQuest is designed to give you insight into not only the biology of cancer, but what life is like living with a type of cancer.

    Introduction:

    Many organizations, such as the American Cancer Society, publish websites and brochures to help educate people about the various types of cancer. As you have seen from our discussions in class, the number of variations of cancer is overwhelming. Furthermore, the number of people with cancer is staggering. This WebQuest is designed to give you insight into not only the biology of cancer, but what life is like living with a type of cancer. Many people with cancer keep an online diary to give others perspective on the feelings they are experiencing, the physical and emotional pain, steps they are taking to improve the situation, etc.

    Following this activity, you should be able to describe thedaily life of a person with a certain type of cancer. Many blogs and online diaries are out there with this type of information.


    Task:

    For this WebQuest you are being asked to research a type of cancer and share your information with your classmates. You will create a research document and present your research to your classmates in a 3-5 minute presentation. Your presentation should be interesting as well as informative. Your research document may be a human interest piece (magazine or newspaper article), brochure, or PowerPoint presentation. Here are the questions your research should answer:

    • Name and describe the cancer; provide interesting statistics (i.e. affects 1 in 10,000 Asian males)
    • Describe how this cancer affects the normal function of the part of the body affected
    • Signs and symptoms of this cancer
    • How is this cancer diagnosed or detected?
    • What is the prognosis for someone with this type of cancer?
    • Describe the most common treatment for this type cancer
    • Describe the common side affects of treatment for this cancer
    • Describe a cancer patient’s feelings and daily challenges with this type of cancer
    • Describe how a cancer patient is coping with the cancer and what they learn about themselves in the process

    Process:

    1. Conduct preliminary research to decide on a type of cancer for your WebQuest by using some of the resources provided.
    2. Choose a type of cancer to research. The WebQuest is to be done individually, not as a group.
    3. Once you have chosen a type of cancer…stick to it! Do not keep changing your topic, this ultimately becomes a waste of time. Trust me…focus on the task!
    4. To accomplish the task, first open a Word document where you can copy all the relevant information and the links to the websites you found it on. Save it often!
    5. This document may eventually have a lot of information on it, but you can go back and edit it later.
    6. Use the websites provided under the “Resources” tab of this WebQuest to find answers to the questions in the “Task” tab. To keep this information organized, categorize the information in your Word document by where you found it, with the link to website resource as the heading.
    7. Search the cancer blogs and online diary websites for the symptoms patients have experienced, how they discovered them, or what signaled a need to visit a doctor. Describe the feelings involved with having cancer, emotional or physical. Include new things they have discovered from their own research each day.
    8. Once you have all of the required information, then you may begin creating your research document. Your research document may be a human interest piece (magazine or newspaper article), brochure, or PowerPoint presentation.
    9. As a final note you MUST cite your sources. That means, you must include in your research document the websites thatyou used to get your information.

    Resources:


    Evaluation:

    click here to view the grading rubric


    Conclusion

    In the process of completing this WebQuest, you have used your research skills to create a research document describing the biological and personal affects of cancer. You have read information and answered questions about a type of cancer and how it affects the normal function of the body. You have learned about different cancer treatments and the side-effects that accompany them. You have also increased your knowledge of how cancer patients deal with the emotional and physical pain of having cancer. You have studied these diseases in the quest to minimize their impact on people and discover effective treatments.