Students will gather Internet
research about the Hapsburg Dynasty, then will take one
of four roles as determined by the WebQuest. They will
then evaluate the effect of the dynasty and apply the
ruling principals and structure to a modern-day organization
or business. This WebQuest is designed to help students
understand and apply principles of organization and rule
in current day businesses or organizations that can be
gleaned from an examination of this dynasty. A teacher's
guide to this unit can be found at: http://teachersnetwork.org/everywhere/Griffin/t-index_files/t-index.htm.
Studies: Investigate the rise and development of
the modern European political system.
Technology: Routinely and efficiently use on-line information
resources to meet needs for collaboration, research, publications,
communications, and productivity; select and apply technology tools
for research, information analysis, problem-solving, and decision-making
in content learning.
Students will address the following levels of thinking
per Bloom's Taxonomy: (1) Comprehension, as they gather information
and write notes in their own words; (2) Application, as they
apply dynastic principles to current organizations; (3) Analysis,
as they consider the various groups affected by dynastic rule; (4) Synthesis,
as they envision or create a new organization that matches the Habsburg
model; (5) Evaluation as they see the effects of dynastic
rule on current business and organization structures.
Students produce documents that
are evaluated through use of a posted rubric. These documents
require analytical thinking, synthesis and evaluation
on the part of the students.
This project requires Internet
research about an important, but often overlooked dynasty
in the heart of Europe. It requires students to apply
what they learn in a modery-day setting as they set up
an organization based on the principles of Habsburg rule.
This WebQuest may well encourage students
to examine other dynasties for similar patterns of rule. It will
also help students understand how autocratic, dynastic rule can be
Teacher: Alan Griffin
About the teacher:
Alan Griffin is a World Civilizations Instructor at Electronic High
School in Ogden, Utah.
Grade Levels: 10-11