The 5 Ws are a powerful and simple way for students to get an overview of a topic and better enhance their understanding. By creating a spider map or narrative storyboard that showcases the 5Ws, students can demonstrate their knowledge using concise descriptions and visual scenes. Giving students a visual with each category helps students to better understand and remember the details and importance of the topic.
In this activity, students will create a spider map that highlights important facts about the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad. Students will answer the following questions using 1-3 sentence answers in the description boxes as well as appropriate and meaningful illustrations:
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Objective: Create a Spider Map highlighting important facts about the transcontinental railroad using the 5 Ws and H (who, what, when, where, why, and how).
Requirements: Answer 5-6 questions about the transcontinental railroad and include appropriate illustrations for each.
Grade Level 6-8
Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)
Type of Assignment Individual
Type of Activity: 5 Ws of Social Studies and HistoryCommon Core Standards