The lesson has the students read about Julius Caesar. Students will work in groups of four. Students are required to take notes on the readings and organize them in a list, chart/table, or webdiagram. Using the facts they gained, 2 members of the group must write a written speech to persuade the audience that Caesar should be saved and the other 2 must write a speech to persuade the audience that Caesar should be put to death. Each pair of students will read their speech to the class.
By the end of the WebQuest, students will have a better understanding of who Julius Caesar was and the controversy that surrounded him. They will read about Julius Caesar from four different sources, each which give their own impression about what Caesar was like as a person. Students will be able to formulate their own opinions using facts to either support of be against Caesar. Students will gain experience in written composition and oral speaking by delivering their speech to the class.