6th Grade Country Report Packet


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6th Grade Country Report Packet

  1. 1. Name__________________________________________ 6th Grade Country Report Information Table of ContentsParts of the Country Report 2Grading Scale 3How to Make Source Cards 4Taking Notes 5Sample Title Page 6Sample Outline 7Guidelines for Writing Rough Draft 8Directions for Creating the Map and Flag 9Citing Your Sources 10Works Cited Page 10Country Report Typed Format 11Statement on Plagiarism 12Due Dates/Outline of Schedule for Country Report 13 1
  2. 2. Name__________________________________________ Parts of the 6th Grade Country ReportThese are the parts of your country report. 1. A title page includes your country, name, and date in proper form. No other cover is needed. A sample title page is on page 6. 2. An outline tells how your country report is organized. A sample is on page 7. 3. The report (between 4-6 pages) includes the following: A. Introduction B. Body C. Summary 4. A map of your country. For more details see the Map Section on page 9. 5. A flag of your country showing the colors and symbols. For more details see the Flag Section on page 9. 6. A works cited page is a formal listing of all the sources (books, websites, encyclopedia, magazines, etc.) you used. A sample is on page 10. You must use at least three sources. You must use one of each of the following: one source must be a reliable website, and one source must be a book. The third source is your choice. 7. Extra credit information is optional. You may use pictures, diagrams, or charts IF they serve to enhance the quality of your report. These will come at the end and will NOT take the place of the body of your report.If any of the required parts are not included, a score of 0 in both content and mechanics will be given for that section. 2
  3. 3. Name__________________________________________ Grading Scale for the Country ReportEach section in the completed country report is worth the following points of the total grade. Points will be deducted forboth content and mechanical errors. ContentTitle page 2Outline 6Body 26Map 7Flag 3Works Cited 6 Total 50 MechanicsTitle page 2Outline 6Body 26Map 7Flag 3Works Cited 6 Total 50The final grade will be worth 100 points, plus the individual note card checks will count at homework grades. Much ofthe preparation work will be in quarter 2, while the remainder will be in quarter 3. Since this is such a major project,please try to do the best you can by: Having your work in by each deadline Doing the neatest job you can Asking for help when needed 3
  4. 4. Name__________________________________________ How to Make Source Cards Use the sample outline to help you know what kind of information you could be looking for. When you find your sources (the books, etc. that contain the information you will need for your report), make a source card for each one. Follow the sample below, and make sure that all the information is complete and in the right place. You will be graded on your source cards. Sample Source Card Source # Print citations from the site www.bibme.org, and tape them onto your source cards. 4
  5. 5. Name__________________________________________ Taking Notes All of your notes should be on note cards. Follow the sample below. You will be graded on your note cards. Sample Note Card Put a topic from your outline here. Source # The information goes here. DO NOT use sentence form. Use BULLET form. Put the page number(s) here. This tells where you found the info. Important Notes: Use one note card for each idea or topic. Use only phrases – NO SENTENCES on the note cards. If you read something that is SO good you want to copy it word for word, you must use a direct quote. This means that you are copying the statement word for word and have put quotation marks around the words you copied. This should not be done often. 5
  6. 6. Name__________________________________________ Sample Title Page Country’s Name By: Student’s Name Date 6
  7. 7. Name__________________________________________ Sample Outline: Your outline may look very similar, but is tailored to fit your country. Preview your sources to make sure you can find the information that you want to put in your outline. You may need to make substitutions or adjustments. Name of the Country I. Introduction II. Land and Climate A. Land regions B. Bodies of water C. Plants and animals D. Climate III. History A. When B. Important events in history IV. Economy A. Natural resources B. Industries C. Agriculture V. Government A. Current leaders B. Kind of government VI. People and Places A. Population B. Famous people C. Important cities VII. Religion A. Dominant religion B. Beliefs C. Other religions VIII. SummaryImportant Notes: Remember your outline and your report should match. If it’s here, it needs to be in the report. If it’snot here, it shouldn’t be in your report. Watch the spacing and capitalization of the outline. Also, no Roman numeral canhave just one letter section under it. 7
  8. 8. Name__________________________________________Guidelines for Writing the Rough Draft of the Sixth Grade Report Steps in writing your rough draft: 1. Arrange your note cards according to the topics on your note cards, and in order of your outline. 2. Write your introduction. Remember, this is formal writing. It should NOT include you and me. (Don’t include statements such as, ―I will tell you about…‖ or ―I found out lots of interesting things about…‖) Also, it should NOT refer to your paper. (Don’t include statements such as, ―This paper will talk about…‖ or ―In these paragraphs it will tell you about…‖) Introduce your country, and briefly describe what will be included in your paper. 3. Write each part according to your outline. 4. Write the conclusion. No new information should be included in the conclusion. Again, keep you and me out of the paper.Reminders: 1. Skip lines on your rough draft. 2. When you’re writing the rough draft, don’t worry about details such as exact wording, spelling, etc. Just keep writing. 3. Whatever is in your outline must be in your paper. If ideas aren’t in the outline, they shouldn’t be in the paper.Your handwritten rough draft is due on Tuesday, December 20 or earlier. This only includes the handwritten rough draft,it does not include the cover, outline page, flag, map, or Works Cited page. 8
  9. 9. Name__________________________________________ Directions for Map Page The only part of the map that may be computer-generated or traced is the outline itself. The rest is to be hand- drawn, hand-labeled, and hand-colored. The map should take up most of a page. The following items need to be on your map: Show and label several major countries around your country. Show the capital of your country with a star and label it in pen. Show at least 3 additional major cities with dots and label them in pen. Show major bodies of water, colored in blue and labeled in pen. Show major rivers, labeled in pen. Directions for the Flag PageThe flag is to be hand-drawn. See me early if you feel the flag of your country is too complicated to be hand-drawn. Don’twait until just before the project is due!The flag should take up most of a page.The flag is to be neatly colored, with symbols or words in black pen. 9
  10. 10. Name__________________________________________ Citing your SourcesIn the body of your report, there will be times when you need to tell where you got your information. This is known asciting your sources. Anytime you give statistics, opinions, or material that is contrary to popular belief or is only found inone source, you MUST tell where that information came from.Here’s how: After the information, put parentheses. In the parentheses put the author’s last name and the page number,like this. (Jones 14) This tells the reader you used the book by someone named Jones and this information was on page 14of that book. For an internet source do it the same way. If there is no author listed, put the title of the article/websiteand page number, if given.You do not have to tell where all your information came from. For example, almost every source wouldsay that George Washington was the first president. That is considered common knowledge and it would not benecessary to tell where you got that material. Creating a Works Cited Page Works Cited ―Colorado.‖ World Book Encyclopedia, 1992. Evans, Amber. ―Ohio.‖ http://www.states/ohio/gov. Milton, James. Louisiana. [CD-ROM]. Grolier’s Multimedia Encyclopedia. 2000 Sawyer, Ryan. Discovering the States, A History of Our Country. St. Louis: St. Louis University Press, 1994. Woolfolk, Kris. Investment Patterns in the World Petroleum Industry. New York: The Chase Manhattan Bank, Dec., 1996. Important Things to note: 1. Sources are listed in alphabetical order according to the last name of the author. 2. Pay special attention to the punctuation, underlines, and order of information. Generally the order is as follows: Last name, first name, middle initial, title of article, title of book, city of publisher, publisher’s name, date, and page numbers. In some sources, you will not find all the information. Use what you can find. 3. Notice the indenting. The first line is NOT indented, but the remainder of the lines are. 4. We are using the site www.bibme.org to generate our Works Cited page in MLA format. 10
  11. 11. Name__________________________________________ Country Report Typed Format-Typed draft will be typed on a Google document (Google Docs) to allow you to access your work from home, school, orany other computer.-Use Times New Roman, Arial, or Calibri size 12 font using black ink. Do not use bold or underlining.-This paper does not require a title or a heading (Except on your Title Page)-Use standard margins.-Please double space your work. Do not leave extra space between paragraphs.-To turn in your final draft on January 13th—download your Google doc to a Word document, and correct any formattingissues. Create your title page in Word as well. Submit your final paper in the following order: 1. Title Page 2. Outline 3. Paper 4. Works Cited 5. Map 6. Flag 7. Extra Credit 11
  12. 12. Name__________________________________________ Plagiarism The following information comes from a book entitled MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers by Joseph Gibaldi, Fifth Edition, published by the Modern Language Association of America, 1999. What is plagiarism? Plagiarism is using another person’s words or ideas in your writing without giving credit to the source. One type of plagiarism is using another’s ideas without giving proper credit. A second type of plagiarism is using another’s actual words without giving proper credit. Another type of plagiarism is turning in a paper that you turned in previously for another class.Some hints to avoid plagiarism: When taking notes, put them into your own words. Do not take notes in sentence form. Use bullets or lists. You will still need to tell where you got the ideas, but you will be less likely to plagiarize the words of another writer. When reading from a source, close the book (or turn away from the computer) and put the information in your own words.Plagiarism is wrong, it’s cheating, it’s not God-pleasing, and it will not be allowed. High schools and colleges expelstudents for plagiarizing, or cause a student to fail a course. We at St. John take plagiarizing very seriously.If you have questions about what is and what isn’t plagiarizing, ask me. 12
  13. 13. Name__________________________________________ Keep this page in a prominent place at home! Important Dates for the Research Paper *Students should have all research materials and sources in class everyday!*November 18 Parent Letter/Due Dates/Plagiarism letter sent homeNovember 21 Country Report IntroductionNovember 22 How to find appropriate sourcesNovember 23-27 Find your sources (books/websites) for your country. You must have 3 sources with you in class on Monday, November 28thNovember 28 -Parent Letter/Plagiarism Letter with parent signatures due -Folder/Organization system and note cards in class today -3 sources dueNov. 28-Dec. 2 Source Cards, Works Cited Page, Outlines & beginning ResearchDecember 2 Source Cards, Works Cited Page, and (Typed) Outline dueDecember 5-9 Research & Note-takingDecember 7 Note-taking Check #1December 12 Note Cards due—Research CompleteDecember 12-16 Rough Draft WritingDecember 20 Rough Draft DueJanuary 3 Rough Drafts ReturnedJanuary 3-7 During Technology—Type Rough Draft During LA—Work on Map/FlagJanuary 6 Typed Copy of Rough Draft Due -Turn in one copy to Miss Pfund -Take one copy home for an adult to editJanuary 9 Adult Edit dueJanuary 9-13 During Technology—Make edits to Typed Rough Draft During LA—Work on Map or FlagJanuary 13 Final Paper due! 13