Making a WebQuest

Synopsis - Samples - Tips - Tutorials

Synopsis: Create a webquest using Microsoft Word, see how easy it is. Use the template provided. (We will discuss the details of this in class)

You will build this using the Word template.  You do not have to save as a webpage, I will do that and upload it for you so that you can see what they look like after transferred into html.

1. Look at the Bernie Dodge Building Blocks in the Tutorial Section.
2. Look at some samples from
3. Download the template and see what it looks like in Word.
4. Read the hyperlink tutorial below.
5. When you are completed, email the Word document to Jeff.


Samples:  Click on Top, Middling and New.  There are hundreds.


Tips: Don't bore the reader, make this exciting.  Entice the student, make them feel that they are going on an adventure.


Tutorials: What are the Pieces of a WebQuest?

Building Blocks of a WebQuest

Adapted from The WebQuest Page from SDSU

Introduction - The purpose of this section is to both prepare and hook the reader. The student is the intended audience.

Write a short paragraph here to introduce the activity or lesson to the students. If there is a role or scenario involved (e.g., "You are a detective trying to identify the mysterious poet.") then here is where you'll set the stage. It is also in this section that you'll communicate the Big Question (Essential Question, Guiding Question) that the whole WebQuest is centered around.

Task - The task focuses learners on what they are going to do - specifically, the culminating performance or product that drives all of the learning activities.

Describe crisply and clearly what the end result of the learners' activities will be. Don't list the steps that students will go through to get to the end point. That belongs in the Process section.

Process - This section outlines how the learners will accomplish the task. Scaffolding includes clear steps, resources, and tools for organizing information. This is where most of the hyperlinks will be.                                                                                                     

To accomplish the task, what steps should the learners go through?...Learners will access the on-line resources that you've identified as they go through the Process....In the Process block, you might also provide some guidance on how to organize the information gathered.

Evaluation - This section describes the evaluation criteria needed to meet performance and content standards.

Describe to the learners how their performance will be evaluated. The assessment rubric(s) should align with the culminating project or performance, as outlined in the task section of the WebQuest. Specify whether there will be a common grade for group work vs. individual grades.

Conclusion - The conclusion brings closure and encourages reflection.

Summarize what the learners will have accomplished or learned by completing this activity or lesson. You might also include some rhetorical questions or additional links toencourage them to extend their thinking into other content beyond this lesson.

Teacher Page (Optional) - The teacher page (see template) includes information to help other teachers implement the Webquest, including: target learners, standards, notes for teaching the unit, and, in some cases, examples of student work.


You can create a hyperlink that goes to a Web page.

  1. Launch your browser, navigate to the website that you want to link to.
  2. Hilight the web address in the location bar (
  3. Click on Edit>Copy or Right Click and drag to copy.
  4. Open your Word Webquest document.
  5. Select the text or image you want to display as the hyperlink, and then on the Insert menu, click Hyperlink.
  6. You will see a box that either says 'Address' or 'Link to'.
  7. You will want to paste the internet address there.  You will probably have to use the keystroke to do it.  PC is Control V, Mac is Apple V.   Make sure you place your cursor in the box first.
  8. Click ok and return to your document.  Test the link.  You may be prompted to hold down on the control key as you click the hyperlink.


Word Tutorial: A webpage built with Word. You won't need to save as a webpage or build some of the pieces that you see explained here.  The template will have them built in.  This is here so that you can see what it takes to make some of the links and tables work.

Assignment originally created by Jeff Peach.