Return to Teachers' Center Welcome Page
Return to Helping Teachers
|Request to Teachers|Table of Contents|Author's Historical Introduction and Synopsis of Novel|Prologue|Segment 3-4 (Chapters 14-19)|Chapter Questions for Students|
Request to Teachers
We hope you have an opportunity to explore using Phil English's novel as a resource for your classroom activities using the Web de Anza project. The author's Table of Contents, Introduction, Synopsis, and Prologue should give you a good overview of what to expect from this unique resource.
Basically on this Teacher Center website we are going to put up a segment of the novel for two weeks at a time and replace it with a new segment until the all six novel segments have been posted consecutively on Teachers' Center site.
It would be most helpful to both the author and the Web de Anza project if you could send us (see mailto at bottom of pages) comments on what you. as teachers, think of this resource for your classroom. Comments sent will be shared with the author, Phil English, as well as considered in our own evaluation of this secondary resource for web based learning. We appreciate all the efforts you make in this regard. Thanks. PK
Questions to include in your thinking in returning comments:
1. Did students understand the story overall?
2. Were there particular parts of the story difficult for students?
3. Were the maps and illustrations useful?
4. Would more or less detail in story be valuable?
5. Have students visited any part of the actual Anza trail? If not, did the story encourage them to visit the Anza trail or learn more about Anza related to a new level of interest?
6. Are Chapter Questions properly phrased and workable.
7. Footnotes were used to clarify, translate, or relate to present day names and locations. Were they effective? Should they be at the end of each chapter or eliminated?
8. In a few places in the story, reference is made to how a site, e.g. Tumacacori Mission, appears today, in an effort to encourage student/reader to realize that visits can be readily made along the 225 year old historic Anza Trail. Did students find these story devices confusing or clear related to author's intent.
9. There are a couple of violent episodes in Anza's Wild Gosling. The author's intent was to keep these type of episodes to a minimum. In reading the novel, was the level of danger understood and acceptable to both student and teacher?