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Middle School Notes & Files

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017


Country ____________________________


Purpose- This project is aimed for the middle school student to research,write, and present information related to the five themes of geography related to the country the student has chosen.


Expectations-Academic Fair- 5 Themes of Geography


-The student will do all of the work. Students may ask for help from the the teacher or their parents, but this is ultimately the responsibility of the student to complete the task.



-Students will employ the following materials to complete this project. A display board (can be traditional in size or self made), materials or objects to represent the country, a research report, a short video, and QR codes, and a food item.


Food- we are having a potluck!

-6th,7th, and 8th graders will provide desserts themed from their country to provide to the students and visiting families.


Due Dates-

Parent Signature ________________ Monday, January 16th.


Research 1: Due Monday, January 23rd

Research 2: Due Friday, January 27th

Research 3: Due Monday, January 30th

Research 4: Due Friday, February 3rd

Research 5: Due Friday, February 6th


Notes Example:


  1. Before you take notes from a source, be certain you have written that source on your bibliographic information sheet.


  1. Write the name of the author or the title of the article you are using to create the notes in the upper right hand corner of your notes beneath your full name and the date.


  1. Be sure to write the page number where you found each note in parentheses after the note. If the note came from a source without page numbers, then you can skip that step.
  2. If you write a direct quote, you need to write Direct quote in the small “make notes” column of your Cornell style notes.


  1. Take your notes as ONE idea or fact at a time. Don’t write paragraphs of notes, rather write individual sentences.


  1. Don’t write on the back of the page. If you run out of space, begin a new page.


  1. Also begin a new paper whenever you change sources. Do not mix your notes.


Research 1:

Location- Where on earth is it in relation to continents and surrounding countries?


Research 2:

Place- What are physical and human characteristics of the country?


Research 3:

Human/Environment Interactions- What is the environment of the country like? How have humans adapted to that environment and how have they altered it?


Research 4:

Movement- How are people immigrating to and emigrating from the country?


Research 5:

Regions- Is the country divided into several regions? What are they?


Other items to include in this project:




Major Cities:








History of the Country:












  1. Introduction: This is a paragraph that describes why you chose this country and what you knew about the country before you began your research.
  2. Location-Describe the Location
  1. Continent
  2. Surrounding Countries
  3. Capital
  4. Major Cities

III. Place

  1. Physical Characteristics
  2. Human Characteristics
  1. Human/Environment Interactions
  1. Describe the Environment of the Country.
  2. How have humans adapted to the environment?
  3. How have humans altered the environment?
  1. Movement
  1. Immigration patterns
  2. Emigration patterns
  3. Languages
  4. Population
  5. Religion(s)
  6. Economy


  1. Physical regions
  2. Other regions

VII. History of the country

  1. How and when was the country formed
  2. Briefly describe a few major events in the history of the country.
  3. Current Events of the country


VIII. Culture

  1. Lifestyle
  2. Foods
  3. Sports
  4. Entertainment
  1. Your thoughts of this country.




Use your working outline to draft your final project.  Your draft should be double spaced and in 12 point font and in Arial.  Your draft should be about 3 – 5 pages in length.


Creating Parenthetical (In-text) Citations:


A parenthetical citation is when a writer directly puts into the text a note from where he or she got the information. Parenthetical or “in-text” citation allows your reader to know from what source each idea/fact came.


This is how a direct quote looks in the text of your paper:


Proving that the web is being used for more than just entertainment, “In 2007, 37 percent of American adults sought medical information from the internet regarding a health problem they were experiencing before consulting a doctor” (Smith 38), up 10% from 2005.


Here is an example of the same idea presented as an indirect quote: Instead of going to a doctor right away, as many would do in the past, a recent study found that more Americans are now turning to the internet for medical information (Smith 38).




We will edit together in class.  You must have at least TWO classmates edit for you. (They will sign their name on the bottom of your paper proving that they edited.)  You should edit for grammatical and mechanical errors, as well as for errors in formatting (not double spaced, missing captions, not word-wrapped.)  Although it is not required, it’s a good idea to have an adult edit your paper as well.


Works Cited You must create a works cited that lists all of the sources you used to prepare for your project. To create your works cited, you will do the following:

  1. Use the attached worksheets.
  2. Fill in the blanks using the citation information from your Bibliographic Citation Information sheet
  3. Copy the citation and paste it to a blank page at the end of your essay. 4. Single space each entry, but double space between entries.


  1. Alphabetize your entries.


PUBLISHING Your final academic essay MUST include (12 pt. Font and Arial) :


  1. A Title page, with the following information centered:
  1. Title of Work
  2. Name of Country
  3. Academic Fair
  4. Teacher Name
  5. Date of the Academic Fair
  1. Outline
  2. Completed Essay (3 pages)
  3. Works Cited Page

5.Pagination in the header or footer of each page. This is your last name and the page number.


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