globe-africa-countries.jpgCountries of the World
Introduction- There are nearly 200 countries in the world and America is full of people with backgrounds from all of them. There is a great chance that many of your classmates are from different backgrounds than you are. It is important to explore the countries of the world and you and your classmates will be doing just that. You and a partner will be choosing a country together and doing some research on it to educate the rest of the class. Lets get started!

  1. First you will be creating a travel brochure for your country. The brochure should include basic facts about the country i.e. population, size, currency, date of creation, maps etc.
  2. Also you will be required to make a multimedia presentation about the country's culture, people and landmarks using Photostory, Windows Movie Maker, or Powerpoint. Your multimedia presentation should include pictures, narration, as well as music.

Process with learning advice (List what the learner needs to do in sequential order)
  1. With partners, chose one of your nationalities and sign up that country with your teacher.
  2. Using at least two online resources, research information about your country including the population, size compared to a U.S. state or the entire U.S., the currency they use, the climate and landscape of the country, the languages spoken, the main religions practiced in the country, and the resources and economy.

  3. Make sure you have all of the information you feel would be important to the travelers and compile it into a brochure on the computer.

  4. For your multimedia presentation, you will need to include pictures of the traditional people and festivities, the famous landmarks and the location of the country. You should have quiet background music playing throughout the presentation that exemplifies the culture. Narration on the slides is also required.
Resources (web links)- You can find most of the information on these websites, if not, feel free to use any other reliable website to complete your research.

Illinois Learning Standards- State Goal #17- undersatnd world geography and the effects of geography on society with an emphasis on the US

Why This Goal Is Important:
The need for geographic literacy has never been greater or more obvious than in today's tightly interrelated world. Students must understand the world's physical features, how they blend with social systems and how they affect economies, politics and human interaction. Isolated geographic facts are not enough. To grasp geography and its effect on individuals and societies, students must know the broad concepts of spatial patterns, mapping, population and physical systems (land, air, water). The combination of geographic facts and broad concepts provides a deeper understanding of geography and its effects on individuals and societies.

17.A.3b Explain how to make and use geo-graphic representations to provide and enhance spatial information including maps, graphs, charts, models, aerial photographs, satellite images.
17.B.3a Explain how physical processes including climate, plate tectonics, erosion, soil formation, water cycle, and circulation patterns in the ocean shape patterns in the environment and influence availability and quality of natural resources.
17.C.3a Explain how human activity is affected by geographic factors.


1. Creativity and Innovation
Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology. Students:

apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.
create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.
identify trends and forecast possibilities.

3. Research and Information Fluency
Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information. Students:

plan strategies to guide inquiry.
locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media.
evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.
process data and report results.

Assessment (rubrics)
Brochure Rubric
Multimedia Rubric

Conclusion- Be sure that you and your partner can come to an agreement on what country you choose and that you sign up for that country with you teacher. Be detailed with your information about your country, but don’t be too wordy. This is meant to inform and entertain your classmates so think of what you would want to see from them. Good luck and, most of all, have fun!!