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ENGLISH – 11 th Form (General Formation)




This Web Quest was designed for students of 11th form studying the World Around Us where they will be aware of the environment (the endangered species, the environmental organizations, the activists, the green poems, the ways to save the planet etc.) according to the following competences:



Ø      Positive attitudes towards different social and cultural universes (respect, tolerance);

Ø      Ability to recognise  a multicultural education and a cultural diversity as part of an individual and / or collective identity;

Ø      Ability to cope with a modern technological society and social changes related to progress;

Ø      Ability to reflect, assess and find remedial learning strategies;

Ø       Ability to use multimedia resources.







Ø      Ability to get the meaning of different types of texts (extensive, literary and non-literary) as well as the authors intention within the limits of the topic : The World around us included in the 11th form syllabus;

Ø      Ability to distinguish different language functions according to specific intentions;

Ø      Ability to distinguish between different varieties of English;

Ø      Ability to understand fluent speech within the limits of the topic: The World around us included in the 11th form syllabus;

Ø      Ability to understand poems, news, and other types of information programmes about The World around Us

Ø      Ability to exchange critical views as far as values, attitudes, behaviour () are concerned;

Ø      Ability to use varied linguistic devices in context;

Ø      Ability to express themselves accurately and fluently and within the limits of the topics included in the 11th form syllabus;

Ø      Ability to relate and synthesize information coherently.

Ø      Ability to express critical views within the limits of the topic: The World around us included in the 11th form syllabus;

Ø      Ability to write different types of text;

Ø      Ability to use different language functions according to specific situations;

Ø      Ability to relate information and synthesising it in a logical and coherent way;

Ø      Ability to interact with other subjects.






1-        The World Around Us deals with different questions about social and environmental themes. The environmental threats, pollution, climate changes, overfishing and the endangered animals among many others are problems that we face everyday. Our duty as a citizen of the world is our contribution to solve the planet by minimising the waste we produce, reusing, recycling, adopting alternative lifestyles, becoming members of environmental organizations, fighting for the conservation of natural resources, etc. How can we go on with the development of our society keeping a healthy lifestyle? How can we contemplate the beauty important for our development? Have we the right to change the nature and the variety of life? What do we think about the species extinction? How can we prevent the damage on health caused by pollution and germs? How should governments and man in general rethink their actions for a better quality of life, a greener business world, a cleaner air for everyone, a wiser sustainable use of natural resources, a protected land with healthier soils? What is the mission of environmental organizations? How to become a green activist? Do we know any famous environmental activist? Which contribution did the singers give with their lyrics for a better world? And what can we do? These are some questions we are going to answer in order to save our planet.







1- Search and select information from the Internet about the environmental threats in order to learn more about air pollution, ocean pollution, climate change, global warming, consumer habits, resource depletion, overfishing. Present your findings to your colleagues using PowerPoint program.

2-Search and select information from the Internet about endangered species so that you can learn more about 5 species. Build up Their fact file and a Did you Know section to present to your colleagues through PowerPoint program.

3- Search and select information from the web about ways of saving the planet so that you can make an organized campaign to save the planet. Use the most suitable ways to persuade your colleagues to participate in the campaign.

4- Search and select information from the Internet about environmental organizations so that you can learn more about their history and activities and present your findings to the class through PowerPoint program.

5- Search and select information from the Internet about environmental activists in order to write 3 biographies and to present them to the class using the most suitable way.

Photo: Rachel Louise CarsonPhoto: Rachel Louise CarsonBill McKibbenBill McKibbenfamous environmentalistfamous environmentalistDave ForemanDave Foremanfamous environmentalistfamous environmentalistChico MendesChico MendesAmory B. LovinsAmory B. Lovins

6- Read and listen to songs and poems on the environment so that you can study the messages  and the way people express their feelings and broaden your horizons writing and reading poems of your own . Present your green poems to the class in the way you want.

7- As you have seen we abuse of our natural resources and sometimes we assist to some conflicts between those who protect the environment and those who work using the natural resources. Choose a theme either overfishing, or building a factory or means of communication, selling cars, etc and decide belonging to the conservationist group or to the workers group. Prepare and debate arguing for /against preserving the environment and going on with the development.




1-    Organise yourselves in groups of 3 elements

2-    Choose 2 different tasks except task number 7 which is going to be performed by the whole class.

3-    Each element of the team will be responsible for the research work, the selection and organization of information so that the final products will have the participation of all the students.

4-    Being successful in your work you must discuss and prepare all the details before presenting it to the class.

5-    For task number 7 (seven) the class must be divided into two groups: One where the conservationists belong to and the other one where the workers belong to. Each group makes a list of reasons to express their point of view.  Discuss the arguments and choose a spokesperson to present them to the class and a moderator to ask questions to both sides






 The following resources will be important, necessary and helpful for the success of your work:  (Population Pressures; Food and Agriculture; Reproductive Health; Health and Pollution; Coasts and Oceans; Renewable energy; Poverty and Trade; Climate Change; Green Industry; Eco Tourism; Biodiversity; Mountains; Forests; Water; Cities; Global Action; Videos; Poems) (The Illegal Wildlife Trade; Endangered Species Overview; Programs; News and events; The founders; Supporters; Carrers; Take Action) (Stop Climate Change; Save our Seas; Protect Ancient Forests; Demand Peace and Disarmament; Say no to Genetic Engineering; Eliminate Toxic Chemicals; End the Nuclear Age; Encourage Sustainable Trade; Work for Greenpeace; Get Involved; Donate; Greenpeace News; Reports; Fun and Games; Photos; Videos; Audio) ( Cities and Climate Changes; Online Debate; ZeroCarbonCity; NorthSouthEastWest- a 360o Climate Change exhibition) (Definitions; useful links) ( environmental conservation organization; Climate Change; Forests; Marine; Sustainability; Species; Toxics; How you can help; Send a free e-card; Donate How you live your life; Youth volunteer programme; Publications; Photo gallery Video Clips; Audio Clips; Games; ( a memory game)  (Wildlife; Wildlife Photo Contest;  Certify Your Yard  for Wildlife; Endangered Species; Global Warming;  Virtual march to stop warming ;Magazines; Shop; Donate) (Songs for a better planet) (An Interesting Video Clip about the environment) (Global Warming Strategies; Art and music for the environment) (Songs about Nature; Environmental Concerns and Protecting the Earth) ( Environmental Activists; resources for teachers and students) ( Environmental Activist Biography) (a website devoted to the life and legacy of Rachel Carson - a biologist, writer and ecologist- environmental activist)


You can also search for information in Textbooks and workbooks such as:


Ø      On-line Reloaded, Inglês, 11º Ano, Porto Editora

Ø      Screen 2, Inglês, 11º Ano, Porto Editora

Ø      Zoom, 11º Ano,Texto Editora

Ø      New Aerial 11, Areal Editores


Ø      In encyclopaedias

Ø      In books and magazines:

Ø      Time

Ø      National Geographic

Ø      Our Global Environment: a Health Perspective by Anne Nadakavukaren

Ø      Remote Sensing of the Environment by John R. Jensen

Ø      Animals in Danger by Andy Hopkins

Ø      The Coldest Place on Earth by Tim Vicary (Adventure Stories)

Ø      Desert, Mountain, Sea by Sue Leather (Adventure Stories)




Evaluate your individual performance according to the content, the organization, the interaction, the clarity, the creativity, the fluency, the vocabulary range, the grammar accuracy, and the pronunciation according to the following grid.

The table below is intended for yourself and your group evaluation.  Naturally, your aim is to reach a very good work.



Very good





Work with exceptional ideas, clearly and logically presented 

Work demonstrates skilful  use of web resources and ICT 

 Work is original in approach and visually attractive 


Work includes many good ideas, clearly and logically presented 

Text and picture ratio well balanced 


Shows attention to language and visual impression

Work includes a few important ideas but the contents are superficial and disorganized 


Copy-and-paste activities dominate


barely meets the minimum requirements


All information organised in an easy way to understand.


Very good presentation

Some information missing, generally easy to understand.


 Interesting presentation

Missing much information.


Good presentation

Messy, poorly organized.


Shows little effort or interest.


Random, last-minute activity.


Assumes full responsibility for his/her own work and contributes with a lot of original ideas to team effort. 


Is good at summing up ideas and  presenting arguments and solutions to problems 


Good negotiation, good collaborative work, good conflict management and resolutions


Able to help others


Team members clearly worked well together.


Contributes with useful ideas to team work


They got involved in each other's ideas

Shows effort and interest 

but should improve research, planning and collaboration skills.


Students meet together but work individually.



Passive role in team work. One may have dominated or no one really got involved in another's ideas.


There is no effective collaboration


All information organised in an easy way to understand.


Some information missing, generally easy to understand, interesting presentation

Good presentation, missing much information

Messy, poorly organized


Good accuracy and fluency in the use of language to express points of view or talking about a theme.


No difficulties in oral communication

Some accuracy and fluency to express points of view or to express knowledge of subject



Use of strategies to overcome communication difficulties



Many difficulties in speaking or expressing points of view


It lacks fluency. 

Vocabulary range

All relevant and specific information included and accurate

Most information included, some inaccuracies

Sufficient and specific information included

Limited information included, many inaccuracies

Grammar accuracy

Very few grammatical or spelling errors.


None of them are very important.

An average number of grammatical and spelling errors.

Very few of them are important.

A great number of grammatical and spelling errors.

Most of them are important.

A lot of important grammatical/ spelling errors.


No errors in English usage.

A few errors in English usage.

Some errors in English usage

Many errors in English usage.








 As you have noticed with this web quest and its work you could investigate, relate, discuss, become aware of the environment and participate on the ways to save our planet according to your choice.


I have a final challenge for you : Have you ever thought of a beautiful or better world? Give a soul to your pen and write whats on your heart as well as on your mind and youll have a surprise!











This Web Quest was produced in the context of Teacher Training Workshop about the new Programmes of English Language in Secondary Schools.

This Web Quest was made by Maria Rosa Santos in June, 2006 as an educational resource about THE ENVIRONMENT for students following English in the11th grade. The Web Quest will be studied in the first term of the school year 2006/2007.

This work was possible because I had the encouragement and help of:

Gillian Moreira and Teresa Pinto Almeida, Teacher Trainers for the English Teaching

João Oliveira, Dores Pinto and Mª José Castilho, teachers at José Silvestre Ribeiro, Idanha-a-Nova 

Bernie Dodge, who made the Web Quest model available to educators

Other Web Quests visited in

The research work in textbooks available for the 11th grade as well as the ideas taken from training  workshops

The pictures/photos taken from Internet.

June, 2006













These issues may help you:


-Why is global warning occurring?

-How are humans causing the climate to change?

-How is global warming change harmful?

-What should governments do to tackle greenhouse gas emissions?

-What causes air pollution?

-How can we establish a relationship between wildfires and climate?

-What are the environmental concerns?

-What causes ocean pollution?

-Refer the effects of overfishing.

-Refer to commercial whaling.









From the sites you have visited collect at least 15 interesting facts about endangered species.


Example : Did you know that  even years after international trade in ivory was banned, illegal commerce continued in the Far East, with South Korea and Taiwan being major markets?


If you want add some pictures to the text to reinforce the impact of your work.






Some useful ideas:


-Tips for living green

- 3 Rs- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

- Basic ingredients for green cleaning

- School projects

- Writing leaflets: aims, target group, layout

- Writing and sending e-mails, e-cards

- Participating in forums

-Writing to the editor of a newspaper

- Alternative lifestyles

- A campaign to recycle.







It is a good idea to keep a time sequence (first, then, finally, meanwhile, in the end) in mind when writing a profile, so that you work from the early life of the person up to the present.



Remember that a complete change of topic needs a new paragraph. The topic should then be well developed within that paragraph.



The simple past and present perfect tenses are usually needed in this type of text.


Linking ideas

Remember to link your paragraphs together using:


 The adversative conjunctions for concession or contrast (but, although, yet, in spite of)


The causal conjunctions when an idea or an event causes another (so, then, so that, consequently, as a result)




Some ideas to study the lyrics and poems:


-You can pick up the words related to the topic you are studying.

- Pick up the adjectives

- Notice the rhyme scheme

-Pay attention to the use of imperatives

- Notice the repetition of words and contractions


What are the purposes of the songs or of the poems?





HELP arguing for/against                                                                                  

The information below may help you:

Arguing for / against


Its a shame that.

You seem to be forgetting that

I have trouble believing

Personally I would rather ..

It is true that.But.

Your point is well taken

The point is that.

I think the idea is absurd. Cant you see that

Im totally against.

I think that



Giving one side

One argument in favour of this .in support ofit is true that. The point is that.I strongly believe that


Giving the other side

On the other hand, its a shame that, You seem to be forgetting that, I have trouble believing, This is not to say that




-         From my point of view

-         The way I see it

-         In my honest opinion

-         As far as Im concerned

-         If you asked me I would say that

-         It is my belief that

-         I feel very strongly that

-         I am totally opposed to / in favour of