A COVID-19 Dilemma


Ms. C. Bargellini




Has this ever happened to you? You are in a public place, the park, a store, on mass transportation, and someone or a group of people is not wearing a mask or is wearing a mask improperly?

How would you like to take a deep dive into mask wearing in New York City during the COVID-19 pandemic? Who is most likely not to wear a mask? Why do people wear their masks improperly? What actions can be done to support others to wear a mask?




At the end of this WebQuest, in 5 periods, you will be able to:

1- Track approximately how many people are not wearing a mask or have difficulty wearing the mask properly in New York City.

2- Develop at least one solution to support others to wear a mask.

3- Create a presentation product of your choice (from a menu) to publicize your findings and present to class. (2 teams per choice.)

Presentation Product Choice Menu

Create a Google Slides

Create a Video

Create a Padlet

Write a Newspaper Article

Record a Rap Song

Create a Digital Poster




Student Teams: 

Teacher will create teams of 5 students. Teacher reserves the right to move students to and from teams and will confirm final team members. Teachers will create folders for each team in Google Drive to work on their presentation choice.


Task Instructions:

1. Student Teams will research mask wearing in New York City as it relates to COVID-19 and create a solution for the issue using the Public Policy Analyst (PPA) Steps.

2. Student Teams will consist of a Leader*, Recorder, Spokesperson, Strategy Analyst, and Checker (Role Assignments)

3. Each student team will choose any 3 websites below to research this issue.

4. Student teams will complete a presentation from the Choice Menu above (maximum of 2 teams per choice)

5. Student teams will present their presentation (5-7 minutes) to the class.


Websites for Research:

1)  CBS New York Team (With Video)

NYPD: Woman Assaulted On Subway For Not Wearing A Mask December 25, 2020

Article #1


2)  Brooklyn Paper


Posted on January 21, 2021

Article #2


3)  NYC COVID-19 Citywide Information Portal

Face Coverings

Article #3


4)  New York Times

Are New Yorkers Wearing Masks? Here’s What We Found in Each Borough

By Andy Newman Published Aug. 20, 2020 Updated Sept. 10, 2020

Article #4


5)  ABC 7 EYEWITNESS NEWS (With Video)

Coronavirus News: Couple handcuffed, ticketed by police after refusing to wear masks on ferry

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Article #5


6)  7 News (Watertown, NY) (With Video)

How to properly wear a face mask

By Natalie Kucko | April 17, 2020 at 5:03 PM EDT - Updated April 17 at 6:45 PM

Article #6


Step #1: Defining the Social Problem:

Step #2: Gathering Evidence of the Problem

Step #3: Identifying the Causes of the Problem

Step #4: Evaluating Existing Public Policies

Step #5: Developing Public Policy Solutions

Step #6: Selecting the Best Public Policy Solution




·        Google Slide Rubric

·        Newspaper Article Rubric

·          Padlet Rubric

·        Digital Poster Rubric

·        Rap Rubric

·        Video Rubric




By completing this WebQuest, you have mastered working with the public Policy Analyst (PPA) steps to solve issues such as supporting others to wear a mask in New York City during the COVID-19 pandemic.




NYS Common Core Standards:


RI.9-10.1- Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

W.9-10.4- Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose and audience.



RH.9-10.3- Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.

WHST.9-10.6- Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically.