Seventh Grade Country Report

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Seventh Grade Country Report

Name: __________________________ Class:________

Due Date: May 11, 2015
It is the end of the year and we have learned about so many interesting places! It is hard to believe our time is coming to an end.
We will end the year with a major project that will be two test grades! A lot of the work will be completed at school, but some may need to work more at home. This project will require a research paper, a visual, and a presentation. The research paper will be one grade and the visual with presentation will be the second grade.
The main categories you will cover in this report are: Geography, Government, History, Economy, and People.
Writing strategies and research strategies will be taught in the classroom to help prepare you to write your research paper. Attached you will find the requirements of each section of the research paper, the point values, and the due date.

Seventh Grade Country Report-Country Request Form

Name:_______________________________ Class:___________________

Please choose 3 countries that you would like to research. Please put your top choice as #1, second as #2, and last as #3. I really would like you all to have your #1 pick, but I also want you to pick countries that interest you! Look at ones we have not talked about this year if you are curious or adventurous (PS The highlighted countries are ones we have talked about.).
Southwest Asia/Middle East: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Cyprus, Iran, Iraq, Isreal, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Yemen
Southeast Asia: China, North Korea, South Korea, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Japan, Bangsamoro Republik, Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, East Timor, Laos, Malaysia, Phillipines, Singapore, Thailand
Africa: South Africa, Kenya, Sudan, Nigeria, Egypt, Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire), Nigeria, Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canary Islands, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Ceuta, Chad, Comoros, Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Madeira, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte, Melilla, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Réunion, Rwanda, Saint Helena, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia, Zimbabwe
1st choice:___________________

2nd choice: __________________

3rd choice: ___________________
Country assigned: ____________________________

Part I: Writing Component
You will be completing a MINIMUM of SEVEN paragraphs on your country. Here is an outline of what I will be looking for/ideas for each section. Please use this as a guide. I will be grading mainly on CONTENT. You are welcome to write more than seven paragraphs. Each paragraph needs to have at least 5-8 sentences (can be more), except for the intro and conclusion. FOLLOW THE OUTLINE as far as each paragraph. What is under is a GUIDE of ideas for you to use.

  • Paragraph One: Introduction

    • In 3-5 sentences, tell me what country you have chosen and why. Don’t forget to have a strong hook. Make me want to visit your country in three sentences. Be funny, state a fact, tell me what I will find out in your paper, etc.

  • Paragraph Two: Geography

    • Tell me your country’s location.

      • Continent, Hemisphere, time zone, etc

    • Physical Features

      • Tropical, mountains, deserts, waterfalls, etc

    • Climate

      • Tropical, mild, rainfall, weather, etc

    • Animal Life

      • Anything cool?

  • Paragraph Three: History

    • First Inhabitants

    • Who established them?

    • Famous Leaders?

    • Major wars or revolutions?

  • Paragraph Four: Government

    • Country’s official name

    • Type of government and a brief description of that government

      • EX: parliamentary democracy. What is the definition of this?

    • Current government leader

    • Current Events?

  • Paragraph Five: Economy

    • What type of economy do they have?

    • Major industries

    • Trading partner?

    • Currency

    • Natural resources

  • Paragraph Six: People ( Can easily make this two paragraphs and could receive extra credit for the extra paragraph)

    • Population

    • Language

    • Religion

    • Special celebrations?

    • Education

    • Typical foods

    • Any traditional clothing?

    • Holidays and customs?

    • Sports

    • Art

    • Current Events?

  • Paragraph Seven: Conclusion

    • Wrap it up. Make me want to find out more about this country. Give me a really strong, interesting fact you found.

  • Works Cited

    • Make sure you give me where you found the information. If you used a textbook, what is the full name of the textbook? If you used the internet, what was the address you used? Copy and Paste is a great friend.

Works Cited Notes:

A bibliography/works cited is a list of the sources you used to get information for your report. It is included at the end of your report, on the last page (or last few pages).

You will find it easier to prepare your Works Cited page if you keep track of each book, encyclopedia, website, or article you use as you are reading and taking notes. The easiest way to do this is to follow along the note sheets that I have given you.
When assembling a final works cited, list your sources (texts, articles, interviews, and so forth) in ALPHABETICAL order by authors’ last names. Sources that do not have authors should be alphabetized by title.

Research Process
As you research each section you will find a great deal of information. Your job is to sort out what is “good” information and what is not and then organize that information. For example, if you are researching geography and you find some good information on history or another category, be sure to note it an use those facts in the right area of your report. Be familiar with your outline before you begin researching so you have an idea of what you are looking for.
Note Taking Procedure

Here is an easy way to record the country facts on 3 X 5 index cards. Follow this procedure:

  1. Write the category on the left hand side of the index card and the Roman numeral next to it corresponds to on your outline. (Ex: II Geography)

  2. On the next available line, write the subcategory and the letter it corresponds with. (Ex. A. Location).

  3. If the subcategory is further broken down, please write it and the Roman numeral it corresponds with. (Ex i. Continent)

  4. Then write down the information you found in your own words. Use concise adjectives and nouns, but do NOT write in complete sentences.

  5. Finally, cite the source in the upper right hand corner.

Source: Hold World History P. R4

  1. Geography

    1. Location

      1. Continent

United States-found on the continent of North America

Name:________________________ Country Assigned:________________________

Research Note Sheet

Visual Project Options
Pick one of these options. I can always help and give you more ideas. I am willing to work with other ideas as well. TALK TO ME!

  1. Create a map of your country on a poster. Must include at least three physical features, natural resources, and three cities. (NOT an option for 1st period)

  1. Collect pictures of the people from your country and use a Venn Diagram to describe how they are similar and different from us. (Not an option for 1st period).

  1. Learn to play/sing a song from your country and make a recording that we can listen to.

  1. Choose a special building from your country and build a model of it.

  1. Choose a story/fairytale from your country. Learn how to tell the story. Make some simple puppets to help you tell your story to an audience.

  1. Create a Prezi/PowerPoint on current event/historical event/cool facts (8 slides).

  1. Create a timeline showing at least eight historical events for your country. (1st period can do-however, must use an online timeline such as TimeToast)

  1. Make a triboard travel brochure for your country.

  1. Choose an artist from your country. Paint or draw a copy of one of their works and write a short biography about the artist.

  1. Country in a shoebox ( 4-6 items you will find from the country inside of the shoebox. The outside needs to be covered in pictures)

Mrs. Healy’s FAVORITE PART-FOOD!!!!!

Extra Credit, NOT required, just encouraged!
This is just like the food dishes that we did last year if I taught you. I love to eat foods from around the world and I love to have students discover foods from around the world. You must pick a recipe from the country you are reporting on. You cannot bring in tacos or chips and salsa if you are doing your report on China. You could however do a cucumber salad (cucumbers, soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, vegetable oil). The more food we have, the more fun it will be. It doesn’t have to be expensive or even elaborate. Just remember to bring in enough for students in the class. There are students with peanut allergies. If you use any type of nut, please let the class know!

The last time we did the food dishes, there was almost too much to eat in one day (for me that is). So, to make it easier, we will bring in dishes on certain days.
May 12th- 1st and 5th period ONLY

May 13th- 2nd and 6th period ONLY
# of students per class:

1st- 29 2nd-26 5th-21 6th-26

Country Project: Written component






Information is very organized with well-constructed paragraphs. Student followed the outline given.

Information is semi-organized. The paragraphs are not well-constructed.

The information appears to be disorganized.


Shows a full understanding of the topic. Student goes above the obvious facts and gives more.

Shows a good understanding of the topic.

Does not seem to understand the topic very well.

Accuracy of Facts

Information clearly relates to the main topic. All supportive facts are reported accurately.

Information clearly relates to the main topic. Almost all supportive facts are reported accurately.

Information has little or nothing to do with the main topic. NO facts are reported OR most are inaccurately reported.


Writer makes less than three errors. Paper is exceptionally easy to read.

Writer makes 3-5 errors. They catch the reader's attention and interrupt the flow.

Writer makes more than 5 errors

that catch the reader's attention and greatly interrupt the flow.

Works Cited Page

All sources (information and graphics) are accurately documented on works cited page.

Missing some sources and are not accurate sources. (ex: Google)

No sources noted.

Work as a Whole & Effort

Class time was used effectively. Required no reminders to stay on task. Project exceeded expectations.

Most/Some of class times was used effectively, Required some reminders to stay on task. Project meets expectations.

Class times was not used effectively. Required many reminders to stay on task. Project does not meet expectations.

Country Project: Visual Presentation






Shows a full understanding of the topic.

Shows a good understanding of the topic.

Does not seem to understand the topic very well.

Knowledge Gained

Student can accurately answer all questions related to facts in the presentation and processes used to create the presentation

Student can accurately answer about 75% of questions related to facts in the presentation and processes used to create the presentation.

Student appears to have insufficient knowledge about the facts or processes used in the presentation


The presentation is originally attractive in terms of design, layout, and neatness.

The presentation is attractive in terms of design, layout and neatness, though it may be a bit messy.

The poster is distractingly messy or very poorly designed. It is not attractive


Student is completely/ pretty

Prepared and has obviously rehearsed.

The student is somewhat prepared, but it is clear that rehearsal was lacking.

Student does not seem at all prepared to present.


The project/presentation shows excellent creativity in design and though process.

The project shows moderate to average creativity in design and thought process.

The project shows very poor/no creativity in design and thought process.

Graphics - Relevance

All graphics are related to the topic and make it easier to understand.

Some graphics do not relate to the topic.

Graphics do not relate to the topic

Speaks Clearly

Speaks clearly and distinctly all (100-95%) the time, and mispronounces no words.

Speaks clearly and distinctly most ( 94-85%) of the time. Mispronounces no more than one word

Often mumbles or can not be understood OR mispronounces more than one word.

Work as a Whole & Effort

Class time was used effectively. Required no reminders to stay on task. Project exceeded expectations.

Most/Some of class times was used effectively, Required some reminders to stay on task. Project meets expectations.

Class times were not used effectively. Required many reminders to stay on task. Project does not meet expectations.





Seventh Grade Country Report Checklist

Country Report Item

Completed- parent initial

Completed- Teacher check

Country Request Form












Works Cited/Bibliography

Final Draft Paper

Visual Presentation

Extra Credit- Food

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