The Process

You need to be well organised here.  It will save a lot of time and effort if you PLAN how you are going to tackle the work first.  DON'T use the computer for this - it takes too long and you will get carried away.

Rough notes using a pencil and paper are perfectly good enough, and will help a lot in creating a really excellent end product.

  • You'll be working together in a group (your teacher will tell you), so share out the work from the start.
  • Read through the whole of the Webquest first, so you know where you are going.  No point in diving in and doing a lot of work, then finding it is not what was wanted.
  • Use a highlighter, or tick off the bulleted points in the "Task" sheet as you complete them.
  • There is a guide sheet to help you prepare explanatory diagrams from the photographic evidence (click here).   Your teacher will probably photocopy these and hand them out.  Your own diagrams will show Aunt Lucy all the evidence you have found, so they MUST be clearly labelled to show all the information you can find.
  • There is also a blank guide sheet for you to make your own diagrams of some of Edith's other possessions (click here).  Your teacher will probably photocopy these and hand them out, and will tell you how many diagrams to draw.

  • When you want to begin assembling your evidence, there is a sheet to help you (click here).  Your teacher will probably photocopy these for you.  Be sure you back up any evidence with a brief (but logical) reason why you think this.

  • Bring it all together with a very accurate description of Edith.   (There's a "writing frame" to help you plan this part of the work (click here.)  Use your own design for this final presentation.  Do it by hand or on the computer.   Remember the advice your teacher always gives about layout, grammar, descriptive writing etc.

  • REMEMBER who your audience is.  Aunt Lucy is not very good on the computer, and won't understand "techno speak".   She wants all the details, but she's getting on a bit so you will have to explain it all very clearly.

These are some sites to be going on with.  You may find other links within these sites, and if they look good you could visit them to check.   Don't waste too much time on this though, as an awful lot of sites turn out to be no more use than a chocolate teapot.

  1. Rail History   Loads of information about railways all over the world.

  2. Sainsbury's site  Interesting comparisons of working conditions.

  3. The Costume Gallery    A virtual bookshelf with loads of references on a huge range of topics.

  4. BBC children's page   Slow to load, but very interesting information on all aspects of medicine through time.

  5. The Cadbury Site   Another superb site with details of living conditions in Victorian times.  Can you find the reference to Asthma - remember Edith's inhaler (assuming it was hers)?

  6.   A greatly under-used resource.  Ask them when you next see them - you may be surprised at how much help you get.

  7. The Photographs     Photographs of everything that was found in her travelling case after Edith's untimely death.  Lots of clues and evidence here to indicate what sort of person she might have been.