What do you already know about the war on marijuana? Think about this question and discuss it with your classmates.
Here are the following roles (shown below under the title ("Five Roles") that have been chosen for the Cannabis Think Tank. Once you have assumed your role, scroll down to the title ("Steps for completing your Webquest"). You must complete all of these steps in order to be successful with your end product for this webquest. Throughout the duration of this webquest you will be working both independently and in two different groups: a home group (each person in this group will have their own different role) and an expert group (each person in this group will have the same role). I will let you know when you will be working independently, in your expert group as well as in your home group.
Choose one role and begin researching your background and viewpoints. Remember you are only choosing ONE role!
1. The cancer patient: Alliyah suffers from cancer and struggles from day to day with normal routines. She is currently going through chemotherapy. 2. A member of the DEA: Henry just completed a huge case from which he brought down one of the world's most wanted drug lords. He has first hand experience of the effects of marijuana. His brother was a regular user of marijuana; however, he is now a heroin addict.
3.The doctor: Julie works at a cancer treatment center. She sees the daily struggles of her cancer patients and the negative effects that other drugs have on the body to help cope with the cancer treatments. She believes that marijuana should be used for medical treatment.
4. The social worker: Anthony works at a public high school in the city and deals with troubled students on a day to day basis. He sees the negative impact that marijuana has on his students in their home life, physically, and academically.
5. The economist: Larry was the head of the economic advisement team in the Clinton administration. He has a lot of experience as far as where this country is economically. He sees that marijuana could actually be an economic potential for the United States. He also feels that the taxpayers' money is wasted on chasing a drug that is harmless compared to such drugs as: cocaine, heroin and meth.
Steps for completing your Webquest:
Step 1: Researching/Creating your background statement for your specific role: You will be responsible for assuming one of the assigned roles (shown above). You will be researching and eventually defending your position to your think tank (home group). You will research your position independently using 4-5 resources. Make sure you create an outline for your argument and TAKE NOTES from multiple resources! You will be required to turn in your notes and outline with your finished product.
Step 2: Collaborating with your expert groups and sharing your research information. After completing your own independent research, you will then be placed in an expert group (all students who have the same role as you). During this time everyone in your expert group will share what they have discovered while they were researching their role. You must bring four important pieces of evidence to reveal to your expert group as everyone in the group will be grading eachother on collaboration and contribution. Help one another in making your argument as strong as possible citing credible sources and evidence. Use the rubric below to grade one another in your group. Remember you are all on the same team in this group.
Step 3:Creating your position:You will then be creating a 7-10 page power-point presentation independently and using it to persuade your think tank (home group) to vote towards your position of the legalization of marijuana. Do not forget to cite your work using APA format. If desired, you may create a research paper demonstrating your position or a video using movie maker instead of a power-point for your presentation. Just note that all requirements remain the same on which ever you choose. Please adhere to the same steps shown on this page of the Webquest.
To gain a better understanding of how to use power-point software click here.
To gain a better understanding of how to cite your work click here.
To see a copy of the power-point presentation rubric click here.
Step 4:Presenting your position: You will now be working in your home group. You will present your power-point presentation to your home group arguing your position behind the legalization of marijuana. Remember you want to sway your group over to your position.
To gain a better understanding of how to create an effective presentation click here.
Step 5:Writing your legislation: You are now going to get into your think tank (home group) and develop a legislation about the legalization of marijuana federally: Everyone in your home group should have by now presented their position. After presenting your points of view, you as a home group must decide, should marijuana be legalized or remain illegal federally. Once the position has been chosen, you must work together as a group to draft a legislation document which will be turned in by the end of this webquest. Everyone must contribute to the group and each of you will be grading one another on you're group performance. You will also be required to present your legislation to the class. Use the cooperative learning rubric below to grade everyone in your group.
All students must read: Steps to writing a legislation Remember, all students in your group must have presented their position/role in order to proceed with writing the legislation. Interdependency and individual accountability are required here.
To see a copy of the cooperative learning rubric clickhere.
Steps to writing a legislation: Go to these links below to look at the background of a legislation and the skeleton of a legislation draft: