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Webquest: Independence Day

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Perhaps the most famous independence day is that of the United States of America on 4 July. However, many other countries celebrate their own independence days. In this webquest, your students will investigate Independence Day in the United States and learn about the independence days of some other countries.

Independence day

Activity 1: Timed treasure hunt

You have 15 minutes to complete this treasure hunt. When you have finished, swap answer sheets with another group.

Websites

www.history.com/topics/holidays/july-4th

www.roughguides.com/article/4th-of-july-celebrations

Questions

1. What happened on 2 July, 1776?

2. What happened on 4 July, 1776?

3. Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?

4. Whose funeral was celebrated in 1776 and why?

5. What most commonly symbolizes Independence Day and what song is usually sung?

6. What two things can you watch during the celebrations in Washington, DC?

7. Which place has the biggest free concert in the United States?

8. Which place is known as ‘Kaboom! Town’ and why?

9. Where, and for what, can participants win a $1,000 prize?

10. Which place enjoys the most modern celebrations and what are they?

Activity 2A: More independence days

Now, you’re going to learn how other countries celebrate their independence days.

Website

mic.com/articles/10673/happy-independence-day-how-15-different-countries-celebrate-theirindependence

Research MexicoGhana and South Korea, completing the the missing information below. Then, tell another pair what you learnt.

For each of your three countries, find out …

  • … when their independence day is;
  • … what year they gained independence;
  • … who they gained their independence from;
  • … how they celebrate.

Now, tell another pair what you learnt. Make your talk as interesting as you can. Here are some tips:

  • Make eye contact!
  • Do not simply read out your notes.
  • Add personal information. For example:
    • Which celebrations do you think are the best?
    • Which independence days, if any, did you already know something about?
    • Does your country celebrate independence in a similar way?
  • Ask the other pair questions, such as:
    • Do you know which country they won independence from?
    • When do you think they won their independence?
    • Would you like to attend these celebrations? Why (not)?

While the other pair are talking, you can encourage them by saying:

  • Ah, ok.
  • I see.
  • Oh, I didn’t know that!
  • That sounds like fun!

Activity 2B: More independence days

Now, you’re going to learn how other countries celebrate their independence days.

Website

mic.com/articles/10673/happy-independence-day-how-15-different-countries-celebrate-theirindependence

Research Chile, India and Greece, completing the the missing information below. Then, tell another pair what you learnt.

For each of your three countries, find out …

  • … when their independence day is;
  • … what year they gained independence;
  • … who they gained their independence from;
  • … how they celebrate.

Now, tell another pair what you learnt. Make your talk as interesting as you can. Here are some tips:

  • Make eye contact!
  • Do not simply read out your notes.
  • Add personal information. For example:
    • Which celebrations do you think are the best?
    • Which independence days, if any, did you already know something about?
    • Does your country celebrate independence in a similar way?
  • Ask the other pair questions, such as:
    • Do you know which country they won independence from?
    • When do you think they won their independence?
    • Would you like to attend these celebrations? Why (not)?

While the other pair are talking, you can encourage them by saying:

  • Ah, ok.
  • I see.
  • Oh, I didn’t know that!
  • That sounds like fun!

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