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Copy of Big 6+ SS Projects: 7th Grade SOCIAL STUDIES Big6+ Inquiry Project

What's it all about?

Thousands of emigrants are leaving war-torn Syria to escape violence and poverty.  The situation is a dangerous one, but what are other factors which help a citizen decide whether they will stay in a country or leave?  Students will create a written and verbal presentation of their decision to stay or leave the country they have researched.  


This project should be completed by the end of 1st  Semester.

Live each day to the fullest!

Day 1- In your Social Studies classroom, practice gathering information about a developed country (like the United States) and also use this information to compare with possible country choices.

Information gathered could be in relation to:

  • GDP per capita
  • Literacy rate/Education
  • Life expectancy
  • Unemployment rate
  • Natural Resources/Land Use/Water Availability
  • Government type/Voting
  • Other:  Student Choice

After completing the information gathering on the developed country, examine a few countries of your choosing to compare the data gathered in class with their countries of choice before submitting your final decisions as to which LDC you want to research.

Day 2 - With your librarian, begin exploring various resources for researching your LDC. Head to the library or bring resources to the classroom.  Use the resources in Steps 2 & 3 to begin your exploration.  Then fill out the note-taking sheet (step 4).

Day 3 - Continue your research and note-taking in your classroom or the library.  Also, at the beginning of the class, be sure to include citations study and the best ways to show your teachers where you found your information!

Day 4 - In your language arts classroom or the library, begin working on your final project (see Step 5 of the Big6+ on the right).  You will start by filling out the Decision Information Sheet.  Consider this document an extended outline--it does not need to be written in complete sentences, but it should be in your own words.

This is your opportunity to defend your position on whether the person should stay in or leave the country.  Convince your audience that your decision is the correct one through both a visual and a written product.

Day 5 - In your language arts classroom, complete the self-evaluation for all steps in the Big6+ process.  

Big6+ = Step 1: "What do I need to do?"

Big6+ = Steps 2 & 3: Where can I locate information and how can I access it?

Big 6+ = Step 2/3: How will I evaluate my sources?

Big6+ = Step 4: How will I organize my information?

FINAL PRODUCT__________________ Big6+ = Step 5, What can I make?

Now is your chance to create a product to illustrate what you've learned!  Be sure to include your own personal perspective as well as information about your charity! Some of your choices include:

Visual:  The visual aid can be created as an Office Mix, PowerPoint, Prezi, Animoto, Tri-Fold Poster Board or other presentation approved by the teacher.  The visual aid should be an abbreviated version of the written component and be more in bullet point style.  Students can present their visual aid projects to the whole class or in small groups if time allows.

Written: A written explanation of the questions from the Decision Information handout will be submitted and must include a clear introduction, body, and conclusion using the descriptive writing skills taught in Language Arts.(Question 1 intro, Question 2 body, Questions 3-4, conclusion).

Extension: An extension activity for this project is for students to collect information about their classmates’ countries and write a concluding statement comparing their country to their classmates’.

Big6+ = Step 6, How will I know I did my job well? SELF-EVALUATION

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