We live in a global society with people in our schools from many different countries and cultures. Many of the world's problems could be eliminated if we all had a greater understanding of each other. This project will help you learn about a specific country and it's people and culture. You will share what you've learned with your class and will learn from other classmates. You will choose a country you want to learn more about. You have learned about the Big 6 researching skills and will use those and a webquest to guide you through the research process. Then you will write a three page research paper. In addition to learning about countries and cultures, you will also develop inquiry skills that are part of the language arts core, and researching skills that are part of the Utah library media core. This is a major project and will be a large part of your grade this semester. You will be graded on: the information you gather from the webquest, how well you put the information together, the quality of your final project, and how well you share what you've learned with others.

Objectives:
Utah Library Media Core Standard
Standard 6512-02 Students will identify, evaluate, and select resources

Language Arts Core Standard
Standard 3 (Inquiry/Research/Oral Presentation) Students will understand the process of seeking and giving information in written reports and oral presentations


(Task Definition)
Your task is to write a three page research paper on a country of your choice. You will need specific information on the:

-Background (land, climate, history)

-People (population, language, religion, attitude,
appearance)

-Customs (greetings, gestures, visiting, eating)

-Lifestyle (family, housing, dating & marriage, diet,
recreation, arts, holidays)

-Society (government, economy, trasportation,
communication, education & health)

You will use a webquest to access your information which will save you a lot of time because the webquest will provide you with information sources. You will need to look at each source to determine if it contains information you need. One source isn't a good one. I will give you extra credit if you list that source in your notes, and tell me why it's a problem. You will record the information you find on note taking papers that you'll receive in class. Your final paper will be graded according to the rubric I will provide for you. You will present what you've learned to the class.

Step 1
Go to Culture Grams Click on Culture Grams, then click on the World Edition box. Click on a continent that interests you and countries will pop up. Choose a country, click on it, read about it, and decide if it interests you enough to do your research paper on it. Decide on a country and write it down at the top of your note page.

Step 2 (Information & Location)
You may use the following sources to obtain information for your paper:

CIA INFO
Country Reports
Location
Students of the World
Culture Grams

Be sure to look at bold headings and titles, and to enter appropriate keywords in your searching. Use the questions we discussed in class to determine if the source is reliable, if the information is relevant, and if the source is useful for your task. You must use at least three of the five sources.

Step 3 (Use of Information)
Begin researching and writing down brief facts on your information sheets. You will need to fill out the information sheets completely so you have enough material for your paper. Remember to include citations for your sources (like we discussed in class) because you will need them for your works cited page.

Step 4 (Use of Information & Synthesis)
Choose which facts you will include in your paper. Ask yourself these questions: Is it interesting? Is it true? Does it fit with the rest of my facts? If you answered no to any of these questions, leave it out. Using the facts you've chosen from your information sheet, begin writing your paper. Be sure to include an introduction, a paragraph for each category (background, people, customs, lifestyle, & society), and a conclusion.

Step 5 (Evaluation)
Proofread your paper by reading it out loud to make sure it flows smoothly. Read it silently to find errors in spelling, capitalization, and punctuation. Have a parent or guardian read it and make corrections. They will need to sign your rough draft so I know they have read it.

Step 6
Type your paper making sure it is error free. Make sure you type a cover sheet including the name of your country, and your name, date, and period. Type a works cited page listing the sources where you got your information.

Step 7 (Evaluation)
Complete the evaluation sheet you received in class stating how well you used your class time, why and how you chose the sources you used to obtain information, and mark off the items you completed from the checklist.

Step 8
Present your country to the class by telling us the name of your country and the five most interesting facts you learned. Make sure you speak loudly, slowly, and clearly, and that you make eye contact with your audience.

Step 9
Turn in:
Research paper with cover sheet & works cited page
Rough draft
Information/note sheets
Evaluation/checklist