Mr. O’s Travel Show

A WebQuest for World Cultures

Designed by

Mrs. Joyce M. Mason, Library Media Specialist


Mr. Tom Olszewski, World Cultures - Honors, Teacher
Canon-McMillan High School  

                                                                                      Introduction | Task

                                Process  | Section1 | Section 2 | Section 3 | Section 4 | Section 5 |  Section 6 | Section 7  

                                                           Evaluation | Conclusion | Credits | Teacher Page


Congratulations! You have just been chosen to design a segment in Mr. O’s Travel Show.  Mr. O, an armchair and world traveler of some renown, has shared many of his insights about the countries and people of the world during this course. Now it is your turn to discover what is out there. You will be designing a trip to entice Mr. O to get out of his chair and travel with you this summer.  Details and careful planning are what count in this adventure!   





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The Task

Welcome to your assignment. During the next seven weeks you are responsible for creating a ten-day travel itinerary that will take place for a period of 11 days and 10 nights.  You are required to work through the seven sections listed below to complete this assignment.  All your work is to be put into a portfolio and submitted to Mr. O by the deadline dates. These dates will be given to you in class. A daily journal of your travels is required (Section 4).  Remember that this is a world cultures trip, so take time to explore the historical, recreational, political and cultural interests of the country you chose. In addition, you must include pictures and images of the places you will visit.  By the way, money is no object, but you will have to submit a budget.  You can backpack or travel first class. Plan all trips to take place during the summer and flights to leave from Pittsburgh International Airport.  

Preliminary Activity and Assignment

Before you begin your journey there are some preliminary activities you must complete to help you decide which country you will visit.  You are required to complete the assignments listed below and place them in a portfolio. English handbook rules apply. Select a different country for each assignment.

1.     Interview someone who has traveled to another country.

·        Write a profile of the person you interviewed.  You may use a question and answer format.

2.     Read a government publication on another country.

·        Write a brief summary of the information.

3.     Locate and read a magazine article on another country. Print or copy article.

4.     Locate and read a newspaper article on another country. Print or copy article.

5.     Locate and read a book on a country other than the United States. Prepare a short oral summary to share.

6.     Locate and read a pamphlet on a country other than the United States.  Make a list of the essential information given.

7.     Use the Internet to locate information on another country. Use links below. Print the information you find most interesting.

8.     Find and view a videotape on another country. See Librarian.  Prepare a brief oral summary to share.

9.     Create a bibliography for items 1 through 8.  See Section 7 for more information.


Once you have finished these assignments select a destination for your trip.  This destination must have Mr. O’s stamp of approval before you begin your adventure.

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The Process

The task presented to you is very detailed.  Working through the seven sections below will enable you to gather all needed information and  finish on time.

The class will be divided into groups of three; however, each person in the group will be required to pick a destination, research, and write.  Each person will submit his own portfolio with all the necessary components.  Before you select your travel destinations, identify who will be responsible for the jobs listed below.  The facilitator, note keeper, and proofreader will act as a system of checks and balances. Each individual is responsible for his own work.


Facilitator: This person keeps everyone on task making sure that all the work is completed.  The facilitator is the liaison between the team and the teacher.  He makes sure that team members have the pages in their portfolio.


Note Keeper: This person is the organizer.  Members of the group will report information about the web sites that will be valuable to the group. For example, what link is not working, where the information is found on a web site, how to enter the search terms. The note keeper makes sure that all group members are informed.


Proofreader: This person will go over the reports checking for spelling and grammatical errors.  He will make sure that the correct writing formats have been used and that the material is documented. 

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Section One:  Title Page

Follow the format for Title Page available from the high school librarian.  It should include your name, date (when assignment is due), class period, and destination.  Be creative with the title.  Use Microsoft Word XP and save your work in your student file.  Include a table of contents with the finished product.

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Section Two: Passport and Visas

Do you need a passport and visa to travel?   You will need to find out.  If you do not need a passport and visa for you journey, you should know how to get one.  Therefore you will print out an application for a passport with directions, and a visa application, even if not required by the country you will be visiting. This section of your portfolio should include a passport application with directions and a visa application. Fill out the information required.  Do not include a photo.  Do not mail the applications.

Hint:  Visas are obtained from the foreign embassies/consulates.  Some countries have online forms; others ask that you write or visit the embassy.  If this happens to you, please record the information and then find a visa form from another country that you can print out.


Passport and Visa information and applications

 Section Three: Travel Data

You now need to gather a variety of travel information to help with planning your trip.  Be conscious of planning and building a budget. 


The following information should appear in your portfolio:

  1. currency/exchange rates/cheat sheet
  2. airline
  3. distance
  4. travel time
  5. time zones/differences
  6. departure/arrival – include stopovers
  7. departure/return – include stopovers
  8. climate
  9. lodging
  10. activities
  11. transportation
  12. map

    These Web sites will help you!

     Money, Distance, Time, Weather



General Sites for Flights, Lodging, Car Rental, Entertainment


Hint:  Fodor’s will help you build your own miniguide. 


Health & Safety, Travel Warnings, Maps

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Section Four – Itinerary and Journal


At this point you should be able to plan your day to day travel. 

  1. Using Microsoft Word XP create a daily itinerary including flights, ground transportation, tours, restaurant stops, lodging, etc. 
  2. Include times of arrival and departure.


Keep a daily travel journal recording your expectations of the people you will meet, sites you will visit, cultural differences, diet of the natives, political environment, weather and travel experience. 

  1. The daily entries should have a paragraph for everything you do.
  2. Insert pictures into your journal entries.  See the library media specialist for helping in doing this.  Pictures may be scanned, clip art, or from the Internet.
  3. Follow the rules for writing as found in the Student Writing Guide .

 A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Hint:  Use the AP Multimedia Archive


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Section Five - Inventory

Make a list of the essential items you will need for your trip.  Keep in mind the climate and activities you will be doing.  Type this list in Microsoft Word XP.




Section Six – Budget

Use Excel to create a spreadsheet of your expenses. Itemize transportation, lodging, food, entertainment, clothing, souvenirs, passport and visa, and any other expenses you will incur.  See the Librarian for assistance.

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Section Seven - Bibliography

  1. Document your information and pictures on a separate sheet of paper called Works Cited.  See the writing guide or the library media specialist for assistance.  The Works Cited page will be the last item in your portfolio.


  1. If you are unsure of how to document Internet sources, check out the MLA site.

  1. You will have 2 bibliographies.  The first one is from your preliminary assignments.  The second bibliography is actually a works cited page for the information you gathered in preparing for your trip.

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Ask yourself the following questions:


  • Does the information I found match the information needed?
  • Was I pleased with my process of finding and using information?
  • How well did my portfolio turn out?
  • Did I look at my work critically?
  • Did I credit the sources I used?
  • Did I include everything required?
  • Does my work follow the high school format found in the Student Handbook?
  • Did I meet the deadlines given by my teacher?
  • What could I have done better?


You will receive an individual grade for the work you submit. Place all required documents in your portfolio.  Neatness, accuracy, and timeliness count!

FINAL RATING %                                                                  POINTS/GRADE

93 - 100




85 – 92




76 - 84




68 - 75




  0 - 67





Section 1 – Title Page

Follows required format.


Section 2 – Application Pages

Passport Form & Visa Form properly filled out.


Section 3 – Travel  Data

Includes all items


Section 4 – Itinerary

10 Nights, 11 days                               

Typed Daily Journal  written in paragraphs and includes pictures


Section 5 – Inventory

Typed list of needed items


Section 6 – Budget

Excel budget spreadsheet

Includes all required items


Section 7 – Bibliography (2)

1. Preliminary assignments cited correctly.

2.Works Cited pages done in correct format







Welcome Home!

 You have created your own virtual field trip and discovered what the world has to offer. Hopefully, your present journey has taken you to places of the past, places with rich, historical meaning, and that you have learned something new about the people of the world. Best of all, you know how to get there! 

By finishing this WebQuest and completing your portfolio, you have successfully integrated technology into your learning experience. Your resourceful use of the electronic databases such as POWER Library and the Internet to complete your research and writing assignments met the Pennsylvania standards listed below. 

1.1.11.A. Read and understand essential content of informational texts and documents in all academic areas.

1.2.11.B.   Use and understand a variety of media and evaluate the quality of material produced.

·        Select appropriate electronic media for research and evaluate the quality of the information received.

1.5.11 F. Edit writing using the conventions of language.

1.8.11.B.   Locate information using appropriate sources and strategies.  Determine valid resources for researching topics, including primary and secondary sources.

·        Evaluate the quality of the sources.

·        Select sources appropriate to the breadth and depth of the research.

·        Use traditional and electronic search tools.

8.1.12 B. Synthesize and evaluate historical sources.


8.1.12 D. Synthesize historical research. 

NETS and Big 6

Task Definition

6.1 Students use technology resources for solving problems and making informed decisions.

Information Seeking Strategies

5.3 Students evaluate and select new information resources…based on the appropriateness for specific tasks.

Location and Access

5.1 Students use technology to locate, evaluate, and collect information from a variety of sources.

Use of  Information

2.2 Students practice responsible use of technology systems, information, and software.


3.2 Students use productivity tools to collaborate in constructing technology-enhanced models, prepare publications, and produce creative works.

4.2 Students use a variety of media and formats to communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences.


3.1 Students use technology tools to enhance learning, increase productivity, and promote ceativity.


Credits & References


Thanks to Mr. Tom Olszewski whose original lesson plan was the inspiration for this WebQuest.


A round of applause to JAM and KPVS and I.U. #1 for “Core Teaching Skills for an Information Age”.


Clip Art is from Microsoft XP.


Animation from


Digital photos supplied by anonymous traveler.


Teacher page designed with Inspiration 7.

Teacher Page


Pictured here is the brainstorming activity to give the students and idea of the scope of the project.



Title of Lesson:

How to Locate Information You Need - Passports and Visas


Instructor: Library Media Specialist

Teacher:  Social Studies Instructor


Amount of time needed: one class period


Objective: Given the URLS of various travel related sources, the students will locate information needed to plan various trips.


Purpose: To demonstrate to students the best places to locate information on the Web and how to download the information.


Anticipatory Set:  When you are planning a trip out of the country what things do you need to consider?


Input:  The Librarian will:

Essential Information

  1. Introduce several passport and visa sites on the Web.
  2. Give evaluation criteria for selecting certain sites.
  3. Demonstrate search strategies.
  4. Demonstrate how to download.
  5. Demonstrate how to use a currency exchange.
  6. Demonstrate how to find embassies on the web.
  7. Discuss other resources for country information ( print, video).



  1. Use of projector and computer to access the web sites.
  2. Students will practice using the Internet to locate information using different search strategies.
  3. Students will evaluate web information using criteria sheet.



  1. The librarian will demonstrate how to locate, download, and print information in the computer lab.
  2. The librarian will review how to access POWER Library.


Guided Practice:

Students will access the Internet and electronic databases using suggested sites and databases.


Closure:  Ask students to repeat the process for finding a visa; have students tell one another how to access POWER Library remotely.


Samples of Student Work



Travel Data

Currency / Exchange Rate

Renminbi (People's Currency)

8.28 yuan: 1 US Dollar



United Airlines



6806 miles

10953 kilometers


Travel Time

19 hours, 0 minutes Departure

16 hours, 22 minutes Return


Time Zones / Difference

GMT +08:00 (Beijing)

GMT -05:00 (Pittsburgh)

Beijing is 12 hours later than Pittsburgh.


Departure / Stopover / Arrival

United Airlines 1083, United Airlines 851

June 21st, 10:15 AM -June 22nd, 2:40 PM

Pittsburgh International, stopover at Chicago O'Hare, to Beijing


Departure / Stopover / Return

United Airlines 850, United Airlines 1204

June lst, 4:35 PM -July lst, 8:23 PM

Beijing, stopover at Chicago O'Hare, to Pittsburgh International



Continental monsoon.

Average Precipitation is 644mm. June is hot, with temperatures ranging 85-95 F



·         Grand Hyatt Beijing, 1 East Chang An Avenue, 100738 Beijing

·         Holiday Inn Zhengzhou, 115 Jinshui Road, 450003 Zhengzhou

·         Peony Hotel Luoyang, 15 Zhongzhou Xi Lu, 471003, Luoyang

·         Sheraton Xi'an Hotel, 12 Feng Hao Road, Xian, 710077



·         Taxi

·         Bus

·         Train -Hard Class


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Last updated on May 5, 2004. Based on a template from The WebQuest Page