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quest tutorial

Quest Tutorial

Welcome Questers! The goal of this tutorial is help you learn all the key parts of a Quest so you may qualify to review student Quests. The bonus is that you will also learn how to write better Quests yourself! This Quest is different from every other in that you will be led, step-by-step through each part of the lesson, be given Quest examples, and you will respond to questions based on what you have learned. This lesson takes at least 45 minutes to complete, so be sure you have enough time to do it well. The value of this Quest ranges from 2-6 points, depending on how correctly you answer the questions, so remember to be thoughtful and careful in your work.

To be able to review Quests, you need both this tutorial, and Questing experience of your own. Once you have finished this tutorial and have completed 6 points of Quests, you will be able to review other student’s work!

Are you ready to begin the tutorial now?

I’m Ready Now I’ll Do it Later

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Hello Questers! My name is Salik, a member of the Council of Atlantis.

We are very pleased with the Quests that you and other Questers have sent to us. It is clear you have learned much already, and we thank you for sharing your learning with us, so that we all can benefit. You have demonstrated you are ready for the next step in Questing; you are ready to join the Council in reviewing the Quests of your fellow Questers. This is a both an honor and a responsibility. I am here to be your guide as you learn to review Quests. So let us begin your preparation…

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Parts of a Quest

First you should know the parts of a Quest to be sure a Quest is complete. A quest has five main parts:

I will guide you through each of these parts, to help you identify a response that is done well, or identify what may be lacking, and what you can suggest to the Quester.

Description

Goals

Resources

Quest Response

Quest Reflection

parts of a quest the instruction page
Parts of a Quest – The Instruction Page

Description

Sets up the quest by providing background and forming a question for inquiry.

Goals

The goals list all of the steps and requirements needed to complete the Quest. The goals for each Quest are different, so always read them carefully.

Resources

The resources provide information neeed to complete the Quest; these may be websites, books, articles, or interviews.

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Parts of a Response-Where a Quest is Submitted

Quest Response

The response section is where you paste your work or summarize your attachments, to meet the goals of the Quest.

Upload attachments here

Reflection Response

The reflection section is where you think about and summarize the quality and experience of the work you just did by answering 3 questions.

Save or Submit buttons

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Goals and Resources

These are both found on the instruction page:

  • Goals- The first step in reviewing a Quest is to read through the goals and be sure you understand all of the expectations and requirements.
  • Resources- Next click on the resources and review the information that should be included for a quality Quest response. If there are web links, read these pages to be sure you feel confident with your understanding of the material. You will need a strong mastery to be able to judge the quality of another student’s work.
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Quest Response

After completing a Quest, a Quester will submit the finished product for review. A quality response should have all the following:

  • Meet each of the goals stated in the Quest
  • Be complete and accurate
  • Use the resources included
  • Be in your own words
  • Use correct grammar, spelling and language rules
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Example of a Quest

Here is an example of a quest that asks about your life at home. Read through the quest and goals and next we will talk about what a quality response would include.

Your Favorite Room Quest

Social Commitment: Creative Expression

We have heard that on your planet many people have special places in which they enjoy spending time. Why is this? Is it because these places bring them joy, happiness and a feeling of well-being? Is it because they feel safe and protected there? We want to learn more about the places in which you enjoy spending time.

Where is your favorite room? Is it in your house or another place? How often do you spend time there? It may be a room that you are in everyday, or a room that you have been in only a few times. What do you like about the room? How do you feel when you are there?

Goals:

  • Using your memory rather than actually being in the room, please write about your favorite room. To help the readers understand your experience, use as much detail as possible; include colors, memories, other people (if any) that are in the room, temperature felt in the room , time of day you like to be in this room, even smells that you associate with this room.
  • Be sure to explain why you like to be in this room; how does it make you feel; why you think it is your favorite place to enjoy spending time.
  • Resources: Your memories and thoughts.
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Complete and Accurate

For a Quest to be complete it must meet each of the goals listed. Check, one-by-one through the goals to be sure the student addressed each.

Also check to be sure that each goal is complete and accurate:

  • Completemeans that they wrote enough detail to fully answer the goal. Each goal needs a minimum of several sentences to one paragraph to fully address or describe it. If there are very few goals, then there should be even more writing per goal.
  • Accuratemeans that the information they written is not only detailed, but also correct and in depth. You should know enough about a topic to be able to see if the response is correct. If you need more information, follow the links listed in the quest under ‘resources’. In depth means that the response uncovers some of the deeper issues about the quest, rather than some general statement that doesn’t explain much.
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Student Response

Here is one Quester’s response to the Quest. Decide whether or not you feel this response meets each of the goals, completely and accurately, then answer the questions below:

My favorite room is my bedroom. My room is painted blue with posters of some of my favorite rock groups on the wall. My mom does not mind if I tack those on the wall. The floor has a carpet and I like it. My favorite time of day is the afternoon.

In the student response above:

  • only the  first goal was met through a complete and appropriate response.
  • only the second goal was met through a complete and appropriate response.
  • neither of the goals were met through a complete and appropriate responses.
  • both of the goals were met through a complete and appropriate response.
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Pop-Up
  • If correct: “Great job! You were right; in that example only the 2nd goal was met with a complete and accurate response. Let’s move on!”
  • If not correct: “Good try. The answer is actually B; only the 2nd goal was met with a complete and accurate response. Let’s try another one before we move on!”
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Student Response B(they only do this screen if they missed the previous answer)

My favorite room is my bedroom; it is painted blue with posters of some of my favorite rock groups on the wall. My mom does not mind if I tack those on the wall. The floor has a carpet and I like it. My favorite time of day is the afternoon. My best friends and I hang out there after school and share what happened at school that day or just talk about anything we want.

In the student response above:

  • only the  first goal was met through a complete and appropriate response.
  • only the second goal was met through a complete and appropriate response.
  • neither of the goals were met through a complete and appropriate responses.
  • both of the goals were met through a complete and appropriate response.
  • (Nothing in here about feelings, room temp)
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Model Answer-Feedback

Here is an excellent response that was submitted by a Quester like you!

My favorite room is my bedroom.My room is painted blue with posters of some of my favorite rock groups on the wall. My mom does not mind if I tack those on the wall. The floor has a carpet and I like it. My favorite time of day is the afternoon.

My favorite room is my bedroom in our family’s apartment. In my room it is quiet and when the door is closed no one disturbs me. I lean against the bed pillows and play my CD’s, read, draw pictures, and talk on the phone with my friends. I know my family is in our apartment, but they respect my wanting to be alone in my bedroom to do these things.

My room is painted blue with posters of some of my favorite rock groups on the wall. My mom does not mind if I tack those on the wall. The floor has a carpet. It makes the floor warm in the winter. My favorite time of day is after school, when I take a snack and go to my bedroom to hang out. Some of the time my room smells like pizza, when I am eating my favorite food.

My best friends and I hang out there after school and share what happened at school that day or just talk about anything we want.

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Pop-up
  • If correct: “Great job! You are right; in that example only the 2nd goal was met with a complete and accurate response. Let’s move on to the next topic!”
  • If incorrect: “Good try. The correct answer was…. You will need to be careful to check each goal of the original Quest to be certain that the response is complete and accurate. Let’s move on to the next topic.”
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Putting the Resources into Your own Words

Next we’ll focus on the making sure the Quester is using the information from the ‘Resources’ provided and making sense of what it says. That’s why the resources are there, after all!

  • Resources accessed and used- Make sure the Quester has read all the relevant resources that are provided in the Quest. Check that the most important information from the resources is summarized in their written response or project.
  • In your own words- Sometimes Questers forget to summarize the information they learn in the resources and instead just cut and paste the text. You know what we mean; if the sentences read like something out of encyclopedia, that may be what they are! Be certain that the response is written in their own words, and is their own personal interpretation of the information.
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Quest Example

Australia: What does it mean to be Australian

Social Commitment: Diversity Affirmation

Some people from Atlantis are debating what it means to be “Atlantian.” Many of the people from Atlantis have similar interests, do things in similar ways, and share a common view of the world around them. However, some people in Atlantis do not agree on what defines an Atlantian. They view Atlantians as a diverse group who have varied interests. Yet, there does still seem to be a general attitude that is, well, “Atlantian.”

We would like to know how people from Australian define themselves. What does it mean to be "Australian”? Research Australian culture, which might include foods, forms of entertainment, celebrations, sports, fashion, history of the country, and/or political systems. Report back to the OTAK on what you think it means to be "Australian.“

Your Goal(s):

  • Report back to the Council on what you think it means to be “Australian,” discussing at least four examples of what you think makes someone "Australian."
  • Find a few pictures of something that you think is "Australian” in order to provide a visual example to Atlantians. Explain what makes these pictures "Australian.”
  • Submit your written description and pictures to the Council through the OTAK
  • Please use the websites provided to learn about Australia(ns), images or other information.  You can also consult family members, friends, teachers, television, radio, books and magazines for information.

Resources:

  • You may use the following link(s):
    • Native Australian history and culture
    • CIA World Factbook
    • australia.com
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Quest Response

There are many reasons that explain what it means to be an Australian. Some of them are that it has the famous natural wonder, the Great Barrier Reef, will stun you with its magnificence. It\'s as big as the total combined area of the United Kingdom and Ireland, and contains more than 1,000 islands, from sandy cays to rainforest isles. The beauty of the waters and the prolific life it supports enraptures visitors. You can reach coral sites by air and water taxi and scuba dive or snorkel for intimate reef views. Or choose comfortable accommodation on some secluded reef islands. Australia\'s museums provide the background reading to an astonishing continent. Australia\'s history, its plants and animals and its people are just some of the elements that make it unique, and Australia\'s museums turn the microscope on the richness and grandeur of the island continent.

Located in the centre of Australia, Uluru (Ayers Rock) is the world\'s biggest monolith. It\'s 3.6 kilometres long, 2 kilometres wide and has a 9.4 kilometre circumference. Made of arkosic sandstone, Uluru changes colour in different lights, particularly at sunrise and sunset.

Kangaroo Island

Limited development has ensured an abundance of wildlife on this island located close to the tip of South Australia\'s Fleurieu Peninsula. Here, sea lions, penguins, dolphins, koalas and of course, kangaroos, live in a protected natural environment. Pure air and clean water provide one of the last unspoiled wonders of the world.

These are some of the reasons that explain what it means to be Australian.

  • In the student response above:
  • You can tell that the references provided were used and written in the Quester’s own words.
  • You can tell that the references provided were used and cut and pasted into the response.
  • You can tell that the references provided were not used.
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  • If correct: “Great job! You were right; X references used. Let’s move on!”
  • If not correct: “Good try. The answer is actually X; references used. Let’s try another one before we move on!”
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References Used B

Part of what it means to be Australian is to be proud that they are the only country that has a flag representing an entire continent.

They have the Great Barrier Reef and neat animals everywhere that are not found anywhere else. The outback is a different sort of place than other countries have.

In the student response above:

  • You can tell that the references provided were used and written in the Quester’s own words.
  • You can tell that the references provided were used and cut and pasted into the response.
  • You can tell that the references provided were not used.
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Pop-Up B
  • If correct: “Great job! You are right; in that example …... Let’s move on to the next topic!”
  • If incorrect: “Good try. The correct answer was…. You will need to be careful to check each goal of the original quest to be certain that the resources are being used, and put into the Quester’s own words. Let’s move on to the next topic.”
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Model Feedback for Response B– Should we do this for each?
  • Although information is given that is true about Australia, there are no examples or descriptions provided. The existence of the Great Barrier Reef is common knowledge for many, but most people don\'t know the parts of the flag or the names and descriptions of  many different kinds of birds, mammals, and amphibians that live only in Australia. What exactly is the "outback"? Most importantly, how do "things" in a country relate to a person feeling like a representative of that country?
  • It is clear that this Quester was relying on her memory of things in Australia and had not used the resources provided.
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Spelling and Grammar

Okay, Quester! You are doing great. The next thing we’ll think about is how to check a Quest for correct spelling and grammar.

There is a simple way for you to check work for language errors, which you can use in reviewing a quest (and in editing your own work). Use the spelling and grammar check that comes with a writing program such as MSWord:

  • Open the document (you may have to copy and paste it into MSWord if their response is written in the white space of the quest). Go to the pull-down menu at the top of the document where it says ‘tools’. Pull down and click on the ‘spelling and grammar’ choice, and follow the steps to review the document, one error at a time.
  • Next, check for errors that would make it past the spell-check. For example, if someone writes the word ‘poodle’ when they really meant to write ‘puddle’. This would be an error that would not be detected by spell-check.
  • One of the most common grammatical errors is the fragment sentence, meaning that it is lacking one or more parts and cannot stand alone as a complete sentence. For example: “The book on the table”, rather than “The book is sitting on the table”.
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Student Response

Read through the following response and answer the questions below, based on whether or not you feel this response contains errors of spelling and grammar.

My favorite room is my bedroom in our families apartment. It is quite when the door is closed no one disturbs me. I feel safe and cossy when I lean against the bed pillows and play my CD’s, read, draw picsures, and talk on the phone with my friends. I know my family is in our apartment, but they rispects my wanting to be alone in my bedroom to do these things.

My room is painted blu with posters of some of my favorite rock groups on the wall. My mom does not mind if I tac those on the wall. the floor has a carpit on it that makes it great for me not to wear shoes when I walk around. it makes the floor fell warm in the winter. My favorite time of day is after school, when I take a snack and go to my bedroom to hang out. some of the time my room smells like pissa when I am eating my favrite food.

My best friends and me hang out there after school and share what happened at school that day or just talk about anything we want. For all of the reasons I have said, I feel happy and safe in this room.

In this response:

  • spelling is correct.
  • spelling and grammar are correct.
  • spelling is incorrect.
  • grammar is incorrect.
  • spelling and grammar are incorrect.
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Spelling Pop-Up
  • If correct: “Great job! You were right; in that example XX. Let’s move on!”
  • If not correct: “Good try. The answer is actually B; Spelling…. Let’s try another one before we move on!”
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Spell-Check and Grammar Answer

Here is what you should have found for spelling and grammar errors. The words that in red are misspelled; the corrected spelling is in parentheses. The grammatical errors, such as fragmented sentences, or not beginning a sentence with a capital letter, are underlined.

My favorite room is my bedroom in our families (family’s) apartment. It is quite (quiet)when the door is closed no one disturbs me. I feel safe and cossy (cozy)when I lean against the bed pillows. and play (pillows and play) my CD’s, read, draw picsures (pictures), and talk on the phone with my friends. I know my family is in our apartment, but they rispects (respect) my wanting to be alone in my bedroom to do these things.

My room is painted blu (blue)with posters of some of my favorite rock groups on the wall. My mom does not mind if I tac (tack) those on the wall. the floor has a carpit (carpet) on it that makes it great for me not to wear shoes when I walk around. it makes the floorfell(feel)warm in the winter. My favorite time of day is after school, when I take a snack and go to my bedroom to hang out. some(Some) of the time my room smells like pissa (pizza) when I am eating my favrite (favorite) food.

My best friends and me (I)hang out there after school and share what happened at school that day or just talk about anything we want. For all of the reasons I have said, I feel happy and safe in this room.

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Spelling B Response

Let’s look at another example. Review the following response for spelling and grammar, then answer the question below.

My favorite room is the kitchen. My family and I eat supper their and talk about the day and what we all did at work or at school. i like the way it smells. Whatever we have for dinner or for desert makes the room smel really good. The room is painted bright yellow. has a red tabl and chairs. I especially like the red and yellow cookie jar that is on the counter near the tabel where I do my homework. 

In this response, the

  • spelling is correct.
  • spelling and grammar are correct.
  • spelling is incorrect.
  • grammar is incorrect.
  • spelling and grammar are incorrect.
  • If they respond with a-d, then the pop up screen will show corrections
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Answer for Spelling - feedback

Here is what you should have found for spelling and grammar errors. The words that in red are misspelled; the corrected spelling is in parentheses. The grammatical errors, such as fragmented sentences, or not beginning a sentence with a capital letter, are underlined.

My favorite room is the kitchen. My family and I eat supper their (there) and talk about the day and what we all did at work or at school. i (I) like the way it smells. Whatever we have for dinner or for desert (dessert) makes the room smel (smell) really good. The room is painted bright yellow. has (yellow and has) a red tabl (table)and chairs. I especially like the red and yellow cookie jar that is on the counter near the tabel (table)where I do my homework.  This room makes my happy. I have had lots of fun and laughs with my family in this room.

summary of quality response
Summary of Quality Response

Fantastic work, Quester! You have come far in the process of learning to review a response. You now know what to look for in evaluating a response:

  • each of the goals stated in the Quest
  • complete and accurate
  • resources included
  • in own words
  • correct grammar and spelling

To summarize, I want to share with you a quality response submitted by a really great Quester, much like yourself. As you read it, you will recognize that it has all of those parts listed above.

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Quality Response

Part of what it means to be Australian is to be proud that we are the only country that has a flag representing an entire continent. It not only Part of what it means to be Australian is to be proud that we are the only country that has a flag representing an entire continent. It not only represents our past link with Britain (small Union Jack), the six states and combined territories (seven pointed star), but our location in the southern hemisphere (the Southern Cross formed by stars in our sky).

We boast of having a land that has the Great Barrier Reef, unique flowers and birds, such as the emu that cannot fly, and colorful parrots everywhere. Many animals called marsupials, or pouched mammals, such as the kangaroo are special to our land. We also have unique placental mammals or monotremes that are not found anywhere else but in Australia, such as the platypus and wombat.

Part of our culture is our special slang words that represent things, ideas, or people. Some examples are:

Billabong : an ox-bow river or watering hole

Billy : teapot. Container for boiling water.

Bingle : motor vehicle accident

Bities : biting insects

Bitzer : mongrel dog (bits of this and that)

Bizzo : business ("mind your own bizzo")

Australia also has unique trees that are all over the continent, such as the eucalypts and acacia.

Some of our foods are representative of our country, such as vegemite. When people visit us, they try this spread and some think it tastes awful; that is because they use too much and don’t get the true flavor.

Part of our culture is the history of the people who came here 40, 000 years before our settlers arrived. Although called aborigines by the government, they are really different groups that share a heritage or descent from those that lived here thousands of years ago. Their art and instruments is the didgeridoo. They of Australia use the didgeridoo to tell stories by making animal noises.

What it means to be Australian is to be proud of all that we have in our land that can not be found anywhere else and that we share this with those who come to visit us in the land many call “down under.”

Black Stump, beyond the : a long way away

Bloke : man, guy Bloody : very (bloody hard yakka)

Hooroo : goodbye

Joey : baby kangaroo Journo : journalist

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Reflections
  • Congratulations, Quester! You are now ready for the final part of your tutoring. We will explore what makes up a quality Reflection. At the end of each Quest response, the Quester answers 3 questions designed to help them ‘reflect’ on their Questing experience.

So what does it mean to REFLECT?

Think about the reflection of a mirror. When you look into a mirror, you see an image of your outer self. Similarly, when you answer the Quest reflections you are looking for an image of your inner self. Everything you do can possibly change and mold the person you are becoming, and impact the world around you. As you Quest, you learn more than just facts, you learn about the world around you and how you relate to it. Reflections give you the chance to learn more about yourself. You can reflect on what you learned, what you personally experienced during the Quest, why what you created in this Quest really matters.

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Reflection Questions

Here are the 3 questions that are asked at the end of each Quest:

  • If your were to give advice to a fellow Quester on the best way to accomplish this Quest, what would you say and why?
  • In doing this Quest, what have you learned about yourself or the experience?
  • How will what you learned help better the Atlantian world and our world?

Let’s look at each question to see how they help us learn more about ourselves…

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1st Reflection

If your were to give advice to a fellow Quester on the best way to accomplish this Quest, what would you say and why?

Once Questers have completed a Quest, they become experts on that question, and have the ability to reflect back on everything it took to complete it. By thinking through the mistakes and strengths of their own learning, the Questers can become aware of how they best learn, the mistakes they commonly make, and better strategies they could use the next time they Quest or solve other problems in their lives.

2 nd reflection
2nd Reflection

In doing this Quest, what have you learned about yourself or the experience?

  • We all learn much more than facts whenever we do any task. The problem is, we often don’t take the time to recognize this. If we stop to reflect, we have the potential to learn more about ourselves, our beliefs, our misconceptions, the world around us, and how we fit in the bigger picture of things. The Council can learn much from your personal experiences and thoughts.
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3rd Reflection

How will what you learned help better the Atlantian world and our world?

  • Whatever you learn is more important than the immediate task at hand. For example, your math and grammar homework isn’t just for a grade; it helps you learn skills that are necessary to succeed in life. Quests, too, help you uncover things that are important on a much larger scale; things that can help us become more responsible, make positive choices and changes, and better understand and accept one another.
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Things to Remember

So, Quester, you have probably figured out that there is no single correct answer to a Reflection. Instead, you want to check that they are addressing each of those questions, in depth, and with honest reflection about themselves.

Check for the following:

  • Each of the 3 questions is answered.
  • Each question’s response should be several sentences in length.
  • Each response should show effort and depth. It is not enough to simply say a response is ‘important’; they must explain why and give personal explanations.
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Reflection Response

Dear Council,

I feel I have met the required standards for this Quest.

I feel I have given good pictures of Australian items and have given good descriptions of them as well.

I have learnt that it is more then calling yourself Australian to be an Australian.

Thanks for letting me share my reflection with you.

Yours sincerely,

A Quester

In the student reflection above, the Quester

  • provided information about what she learned about herself and her experience.
  • provided information about the content or facts learned through doing this Quest, but very little about what she learned about herself.
  • provided information about the content or facts learned through doing this Quest, but none about what she learned about herself
  • provided little information about content or facts learned through doing this Quest, and little about what she learned about herself.
  • provided no information about what she learned about herself or the experience.

Correct answer D

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Pop-Up Responses
  • If correct: “Great job! You were right; in that example XX. Let’s try another one!”
  • If not correct: “Good try. The answer is actually X. Remember XX… let’s try another one!”
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Reflection Response

Dear Council Members,

I learned that I had no real idea about what it means to be Australian until I did the research about this. I got a feel for how it must be to live near the outback and see animals like kangaroos or what they call joeys, when I can only see them in the zoo.

I also could understand the pride that Australians feel about a country that has so many natural sights, such as a rain forest, the Great Barrier Reef, and parrots that fly everywhere along the coasts.

It also made me laugh when I read about their favorite bread spread, Vegemite! I have a friend who went to Australia and he said this food was awful, but I think it was because he used too much!

The history of Australia helped me to understand how it became such a multicultural country and how proud the Australians feel about living there and being part of a continent that is all united under one flag.

In the student reflection above, the Quester:

  • provided information about what she learned about herself and her experience.
  • provided information about the content or facts learned through doing this Quest, but very little about what she learned about herself.
  • provided information about the content or facts learned through doing this Quest, but none about what she learned about herself
  • provided little information about content or facts learned through doing this Quest, and little about what she learned about herself.
  • provided no information about what she learned about herself or the experience.
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  • If correct: “Great job! You were right; in that example XX. Well Done!”
  • If not correct: “Good try. The answer is actually X. Remember XX…”
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Conclusions

Congratulations, Quester! You have completed your journey through Quests, Reflections, and how to review them. Thank you for your desire to learn and help others by serving as a Quest Atlantis Reviewer!

If at any time you want a review of what we have learned here, you can either read this tutorial again, or simply click on the ‘Reviewer’s Tips” button which is located above the response of each Quest you will review.

Best wishes,

Salik

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