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Lewis & Clark Library: 7th Grade SOCIAL STUDIES Big6+ Inquiry Project


What's it all about?

Africa is the second largest continent on the planet and home to over 1 billion people.  There are over 50 countries on this huge continent and over 1,000 different languages spoken.  After World War II, many countries gained their independence.  Some have seen economic growth and peace while others have struggled with poverty and political conflict. Students will select a country to study and create a written and verbal presentation about 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, discuss problems that might arise in your world's future.  What are some of the issues that your generation will have to face?  Changing climates, wars, economies all affect the ability to live happily in a country.

As a large group,  after doing some initial research, discuss the factors that will might arise for different countries . Brainstorm solutions as well.  


Students should practice looking for information about an already developed country by using the questions under "task definition."

Day 2 - With your librarian, begin exploring various resources for researching your country. 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 Social studies or the library, begin working on your final project (see Step 5 of the Big6+ on the right). 

Use all that you have learned here to defend your choice of leaving or staying in this country. 

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

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

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Students will choose a country from Africa.  After they have spent some time exploring, they should then begin to look at specific information related to their countries for comparison, including facts like:

GDP per capita
Literacy rate / Education
Life expectancy
Unemployment rate
Natural resources / Land use / Water availability
Government type / Voting
Other; Student choice




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

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!  

Visual:  The visual aid can be created as an Office Mix, PPT, 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: Students will then create a written and verbal presentation of their country. A written explanation of questions from the Decision Information Handout will be submitted and must include a clear introduction, three- paragraph body , and conclusion using the descriptive writing skills taught in Language Arts.


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

Students should complete a self-evaluation as the final piece of the inquiry framework.  This process allows students the time for reflection on their experiences working with the inquiry process, what worked and could be used again, and what they will do differently for future inquiry projects.

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