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In particular, images illustrating major events in the Trojan War are included throughout the students' Process page (the page which contains the task the students have to do). These images represent many different artistic periods and movements, and I hope their inclusion opens this webquest to the potential for use with an integrated art and history unit.

Obviously, in any unit of study involving the use of webquests certain standards and benchmarks from technology will be supported too. As I am personally very interested in the concept of integration, I would be delighted to hear from any teachers who feel that they have successfully combined this webquest - or indeed any social studies-oriented study of Ancient Greece - with subjects such as P.E., maths, science, music and langauge arts.

A major goal of the social studies programme at Escuela Campo Alegre is that the students should cultivate a sense of chronology, and that they recognise history as a continuum of human actions and thought. To this end, it is hoped that this webquest will allow students to recognise that the Ancient Greeks were motivated by the same human emotions, fears, hopes and aspirations that continue to influence human behaviour today.

Evaluation and Curriculum Standards The students' evaluation page contains a rubric which allows students to align their scores on the webquest with some light-hearted comments on how well they have read and remembered the story of the Trojan War. Individual teachers may prefer to use more serious methods of assessment for the reading process.

Some extension activities that have worked for me in teaching Greek Mythology over the last ten years are listed below. However, the students should certainly be encouraged to look at the evaluation rubric since one of the motivating factors in the webquest is the idea of achieving a high score. I have already mentioned that I feel this sort of webquest allows access to more than one area of the curriculum. Here I address the two major areas of language arts and social studies.

Fundamentally, my webquest is all about reading. I want my students to read the story of the Trojan War and to complete the webquest as an extension activity arising from their reading. Although successful completion of the task depends on a sound and intelligent reading of the story, my main objective is that the students enjoy the story. Therefore, at this fundamental level, teachers will know that this lesson was successful if students are reading enthusiastically and applying the knowledge they have gained through their reading to other tasks.