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Monroe Middle School Library: 7th Grade Social Studies Project

7th Grade Social Studies Project

Welcome to your Social Studies Research Project!

Before you begin, make sure you have the following:


  • The packet your teacher gave you
  • A pencil
  • headphones



Start by watching this 1st video!!!

Expectations in the Library while Working on Your Research Projects

  1. Do NOT sit next to people that will stop you from getting your work down-- this is YOUR grade.
  2. Your headphones should be on at ALL TIMES - only take them off if you need to ask a question.
  3. If you are confused or don't understand something - replay the video at least 2 times BEFORE asking for help.
  4. Troubleshoot your own problems BEFORE you ask for help.  You are competent and will be able to solve most problems.

Email Mrs. Mulder if you have any questions or technical difficulties.

#1 KWL Chart Page

The KWL Chart page



If you don't know how to do this step, go back and watch the first video.



Do NOT go on unless you have completed this entire page. 

if you need ideas, go ahead and Google your country.

stop sign

#2 Noodletools

BullhornBefore you begin this portion of the instructions, open CLEVER.

Clever App Logo


When the video above ends, it will be in an odd place but the video below will finish the instructions.

Video # 2.5

Library Website

Do not go on unless you have logged in and created your project in Noodletools

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#3 EncyclopediaBritannica

BullhornBefore you begin this portion of the instructions, open the following links:

Make sure you are on the Encyclopedia Britannica Page!!

IF you are at school and it says you need a password, turn on your wifi and reboot.  

IF that doesn't work, the password is written on the board.

IF you are working from home, you will need a password to access the Encyclopedia Britannica database. 

Email Mrs.Mulder to get the home passwords for Encyclopedia Britannica.


#4 CIA World Factbook Citation

BullhornBefore you begin watching this portion of instructions, open ALL of the following links:

#5 Take Notes from CIA World Factbook

BullhornBefore you begin this portion of the instructions, open the following links:

#6 Summary about Your Country/ Staying or Going

#7 Completing your stay or go sheet

stop signDo not go on until you have finished the 4 sentences (2 about staying, 2 about leaving) AND
ONE of the Decision Information Sheets (either staying or go but NOT both)

#8 Final Product

The Final Part of Your Project

This document shows exactly how you need to arrange your information on your Sway.


















After you look over this page, watch the video below on how to create your Sway.

Follow the instructions on the next video to share your Sway.

  • Choose "Anyone with the link"
  • Copy the Link
  • Put it in the FormSetting for Sharing your Sway

Make sure you share your SWAY by completing the Form below.

How You Will Be Graded!

Your Final Grade is Based Upon this Rubric:



Score 4.0

No major errors or omissions regarding 2.0, 3.0, and 4.0 tasks.

  • Logical and persuasive answer to Question 3 of the Decision Information Chart
  • Sources are cited 
  • Decision Chart and Country Information Chart/Research goes beyond the information suggested (Country Information Chart) showing STUDENT INTERESTS that relate to the project.


Score 3.5

2.0 AND 3.0 tasks complete well. Some success at 4.0 tasks


Score 3.0

No major errors or omissions regarding 2.0 and 3.0 tasks.

  • Statistical data, culture and location used to answer Question 2 of the Decision Information Chart
  • Sources are listed using appropriate MLA format.


Score 2.5

2.0 task completed well. Some success at 3.0 tasks


Score 2.0

No major errors or omissions regarding 2.0 tasks.

  • Statistical data, culture and location used accurately  to answer Question 1 of the Decision Information Chart.
  • Country Information Chart/Research and Decision Chart completed
  • Sources are listed, but simple list of websites urls/print sources.


Score 1.5

1.0 task completed well.  Some success at 2.0 tasks.

Below Basic Score 1.0


  • Country Information Chart – Turned in/Not fully completed
  • Decision Chart – Turned in/Not fully completed
  • Inaccurate use of statistics

Failing    Score 0


Insufficient evidence of learning



*It is important to use statistical data that provides persuasive reasons for staying or leaving.

As an example for statistical data: 

2-The average life expectancy in ________ is 52 years old and I want to live longer.

4-The average life expectancy in _______ is 52 years old.  There are several reasons for this, including __________, ____________, and ___________.  (Adding why those three reasons could cause the low life expectancy.)

Citation example: (Culturegrams and have a built-in citation generator) or use Noodle Tools

"Central an Republic." CultureGrams Online Edition. ProQuest, 2016. Web. 10 June 2016.

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