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Dear Parents/Guardians,


 

The 2017-2018 school year is fastly coming to a close. To support our students, the last report period will be a full in-class project. Students will be writing a research paper on Africa and later conducting a paired presentation. As the social studies instructor, I am asking for full support in aiding in the learning of your children. The research portion of the “End of the Year Project” requires the following materials:

 

Notebook/ Composition book

Pens/Pencils

Tri-fold Board

Markers/Crayons/Paint (as well as brushes)

Scissors

Glue

Internet Access (for printouts of final research paper and/or pictures and phrases used on the tri-fold board)  


 

Thank you in advance,

 

Ms. Drinks

 

P.S. If you have any questions please contact me via email bdrinks@rapcs.org

 

 

 

Research Report : Project Africa

 

CATEGORY

4

3

2

1

Organization

Information is very organized with well-constructed paragraphs and subheadings.

Information is organized with well-constructed paragraphs.

Information is organized, but paragraphs are not well-constructed.

The information appears to be disorganized. 8)

Amount of Information

All topics are addressed and all questions answered with at least 2 sentences about each.

All topics are addressed and most questions answered with at least 2 sentences about each.

All topics are addressed, and most questions answered with 1 sentence about each.

One or more topics were not addressed.

Quality of Information

Information clearly relates to the main topic. It includes several supporting details and/or examples.

Information clearly relates to the main topic. It provides 1-2 supporting details and/or examples.

Information clearly relates to the main topic. No details and/or examples are given.

Information has little or nothing to do with the main topic.

Paragraph Construction

All paragraphs include introductory sentence, explanations or details, and concluding sentence.

Most paragraphs include introductory sentence, explanations or details, and concluding sentence.

Paragraphs included related information but were typically not constructed well.

Paragraphing structure was not clear and sentences were not typically related within the paragraphs.

Graphic Organizer

Graphic organizer or outline has been completed and shows clear, logical relationships between all topics and subtopics.

Graphic organizer or outline has been completed and shows clear, logical relationships between most topics and subtopics.

Graphic organizer or outline has been started and includes some topics and subtopics.

Graphic organizer or outline has not been attempted.

 

Date Created: April 16, 2018

 

Oral Presentation Rubric : Project: Africa

 

CATEGORY

4

3

2

1

Preparedness

Student is completely prepared and has obviously rehearsed.

Student seems pretty prepared but might have needed a couple more rehearsals.

The student is somewhat prepared, but it is clear that rehearsal was lacking.

Student does not seem at all prepared to present.

Content

Shows a full understanding of the topic.

Shows a good understanding of the topic.

Shows a good understanding of parts of the topic.

Does not seem to understand the topic very well.

Speaks Clearly

Speaks clearly and distinctly all (100-95%) the time, and mispronounces no words.

Speaks clearly and distinctly all (100-95%) the time, but mispronounces one word.

Speaks clearly and distinctly most ( 94-85%) of the time. Mispronounces no more than one word.

Often mumbles or can not be understood OR mispronounces more than one word.

Time-Limit

Presentation is 5-6 minutes long.

Presentation is 4 minutes long.

Presentation is 3 minutes long.

Presentation is less than 3 minutes OR more than 6 minutes.

Posture and Eye Contact

Stands up straight, looks relaxed and confident. Establishes eye contact with everyone in the room during the presentation.

Stands up straight and establishes eye contact with everyone in the room during the presentation.

Sometimes stands up straight and establishes eye contact.

Slouches and/or does not look at people during the presentation.

Collaboration with Peers

Almost always listens to, shares with, and supports the efforts of others in the group. Tries to keep people working well together.

Usually listens to, shares with, and supports the efforts of others in the group. Does not cause "waves" in the group.

Often listens to, shares with, and supports the efforts of others in the group but sometimes is not a good team member.

Rarely listens to, shares with, and supports the efforts of others in the group. Often is not a good team member.

 

 

Making A Poster : Project: Africa

 

CATEGORY

4

3

2

1

Use of Class Time

Used time well during each class period. Focused on getting the project done. Never distracted others.

Used time well during each class period. Usually focused on getting the project done and never distracted others.

Used some of the time well during each class period. There was some focus on getting the project done but occasionally distracted others.

Did not use class time to focus on the project OR often distracted others.

Graphics - Relevance

All graphics are related to the topic and make it easier to understand. All borrowed graphics have a source citation.

All graphics are related to the topic and most make it easier to understand. All borrowed graphics have a source citation.

All graphics relate to the topic. Most borrowed graphics have a source citation.

Graphics do not relate to the topic OR several borrowed graphics do not have a source citation.

Graphics - Originality

Several of the graphics used on the poster reflect a exceptional degree of student creativity in their creation and/or display.

One or two of the graphics used on the poster reflect student creativity in their creation and/or display.

The graphics are made by the student, but are based on the designs or ideas of others.

No graphics made by the student are included.

Graphics -Clarity

Graphics are all in focus and the content easily viewed and identified from 6 ft. away.

Most graphics are in focus and the content easily viewed and identified from 6 ft. away.

Most graphics are in focus and the content is easily viewed and identified from 4 ft. away.

Many graphics are not clear or are too small.

Knowledge Gained

Student can accurately answer all questions related to facts in the poster and processes used to create the poster.

Student can accurately answer most questions related to facts in the poster and processes used to create the poster.

Student can accurately answer about 75% of questions related to facts in the poster and processes used to create the poster.

Student appears to have insufficient knowledge about the facts or processes used in the poster.

Content - Accuracy

At least 7 accurate facts are displayed on the poster.

5-6 accurate facts are displayed on the poster.

3-4 accurate facts are displayed on the poster.

Less than 3 accurate facts are displayed on the poster.

Attractiveness

The poster is exceptionally attractive in terms of design, layout, and neatness.

The poster is attractive in terms of design, layout and neatness.

The poster is acceptably attractive though it may be a bit messy.

The poster is distractingly messy or very poorly designed. It is not attractive.

 

Date Created: April 16, 2018

Research Outline

 

Introduction:

  • What was I studying?

  • Why was this topic important to investigate?

  • What did we know about this topic before I did this study?

  • How will this study advance new knowledge or new ways of understanding?

  • Thesis Statement

 

Paragraph 1: (History)  

  • How was the country established?

  • Who are the people or natives that live in the country?

  • Are they in a tribe? Name the tribe. Are there more than one tribe in the country of your research?

  • Geographic location.  

  • What are they known for?

 

Paragraph 2: (Religious Beliefs)

  • What religion do they practice?

  • Define the religion.

  • Who or what do they worship?

  • Do they pray?

  • What is their idea on morality (death) Do they believe in a heaven or hell? Do you they believe in reincarnation?

 

Paragraph 3: (Language and Culture)

  • What are the natives culture?

  • How do they greet one another?

  • How do they dress?

  • What do they eat? Do they have a known dish?

  • Family values

  • What language did the natives speak?

 

Conclusion: (Should be one paragraph)

  • Restate your thesis

  • Summarize your main points and evidence

 

Bibliography: (on a seperate sheet of paper)

  • Lesson on “EasyBib” with the laptops

 

 

EasyBib

Step by Step Instruction

 

  1. Pull up EasyBib.com on the internet

  2. Open another webpage that include your article

  3. Copy and Paste the article url into the EasyBib search engine press “Cite It”

  4. Identify your article and click “Cite This”

  5. Click “Continue to Final Step”

  6. Lastly, click “Create Citation”

  7. Copy and Paste citation on your blank google doc (In Alphabetical order)

 

  • If your computer ask you to buy EasyBib, click the free option, click under 13, click close, and continue on

 

 

Paired Project

And Presentation

 

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! You are halfway through Project Africa. The hard part is over and you can now enjoy the fun part, decorating. For students who are paired with a friend you will design your tri-fold board using a COMPARE AND CONTRAST theory. Each student has written a research paper about a selected country in Africa. Using the trifold you and your partner are to compare and contrast the countries used in oneself research paper. PLEASE INCLUDE:

 

    Title of each country

Compare and Contrast HISTORY

Compare and Contrast RELIGION

Compare and Contrast  LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

Pictures

 

BE CREATIVE !!!!!!!



 

Good Luck,


Ms. Drinks  

 

Individual Project

And Presentation

 

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! You are halfway through Project Africa. The hard part is over and you can now enjoy the fun part, decorating. For students who would like to design and conduct their presentation by themselves can do so. If you are working alone you should INCLUDE:

 

    Title of each country

    Summary of HISTORY

Summary of RELIGION

Summary of LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

Pictures


 

BE CREATIVE!!!!!!!!


 

Good Luck,

 

Ms. Drinks

 

EXTENDED DATE: FOR LATE PAPERS, ALL ARE DUE ON MONDAY, MAY 21,2018 

POINTS WILL BE DEDUCTED AND PAPERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AFTER DUE DATE