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					                                  Create Your Own Country!!!!! Mr. Rathke

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Introduction: This project will test your research skills, your critical thinking skills, and give you an
opportunity to do what we all would like to do: rule your own country. Sweet!!!!

Directions: This project has several parts. You must complete each part before moving on to the next portion of
the project. Part I must be completed first and turned in with your poster.

Create a country of your own. Use your imagination. The sky is the limit. Have fun. Want your country to cover
half of the globe? Go for it!!! Want your people to speak only in monosyllabic grunts? No problem!!! There are
just two rules. First, it must be logical. Don’t have tropical vegetation in a desert for example. Second, you must
take this seriously! Don’t rush through it just to get a grade. It is about learning and preparing yourself for life
beyond high school.

When creating your country, use the questions in Part I as your checklist for making sure you have addressed all
the necessary points for your country.

Part I: The research and the creation of your country! (this section must be completed before you make
your map)

   1. What is the name of your country? ______________________________________________________
   2. What is the name of the capitol city? _____________________________________________________
   3. What are the names of at least five other cities or towns? (you may have up to ten if you would like)
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   4.    Where in the world is your country located?
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            For this portion, you should look at a world map and decide where you would like your country
            to be. When you design your country, it should be similar to what would be found in that region
            of the world (latitude, longitude). For example, if your country will be located along the equator,
            there should not be glaciers there! (Use page A3 to help you)
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   5. Describe the physical geography of your country. Does it have mountains? Is it an island? It is
      landlocked? Does it have multiple regions? It must have at least five types of land forms and three
      bodies of water and they must all have names. i.e. The Dizzle Mountain Range, the Rathke River, etc.
      (Use pages 32-36 to help you)
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   6. Describe the climate and vegetation of your country. What kind of weather does your country normally
      get? Is it cold and snowy? Is it dry? Is it a desert? Does it have rain forests? Remember to take your
      country’s physical geography into account when discussing its climate. (Use pages 59-67 to help you)
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   7. Discuss the natural resources found in your country. What types of resources does your country have?
      Does it have an abundant energy source, or are does it need to import it? Does it have any resources to
      export? Do they do any kind of mining (for gold, diamonds, coal, etc.)? (Use pages 92-93 to help you)
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   8. What kind of economic activities occur in your country? Agriculture? Manufacturing? Both? What
      kinds of raw materials and finished goods are produced? Does your country import or export raw
      materials and/or finished goods? What is the money called in your country? Do the people even use
      money? (Use pages 92-93 to help you)
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   9. Describe the population of your country. Where do people live? Why do they live there? Does your
      country have huge population, or a very small one? (must be at least 1 million but no greater than 1
      billion) Is your country’s population growing? Shrinking? Stable? Why? Do people in your country
      migrate a lot or do they stay put? (Use pages 78-82 to help you)
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   10. Movement: How do the people in your country move around? Automobiles? If so, what kind of road
       system exists in your country? Trains? Planes? Boats? Where are your airports, train stations, and boat
       ports located? How do the citizens of your country exchange ideas?
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   11. What kind of political system does your country have? Is it a monarchy, a democracy, communist, or a
       dictatorship? Is your country governed by one big central government or is it run by many smaller
       governments at the local level? Please write a detailed explanation of your government. (See page 83 in
       the text for definitions)
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   12. Describe your country’s cultural traits. What kinds of work do they do? What are their beliefs? Do they
       have any interesting ways of doing things? What customs or traditions exist in your country? What
       kinds of food do they eat? What is the language of your country? Do they have multiple languages? Are
       there any challenges to your country’s culture or cultures? What is the religion of your country’s
       people? Are they Christians? Buddhist? Muslim? Jewish? Hindu? Are they polytheistic or
       monotheistic? You may create your own religion if you would like to but it must be appropriate… you
       know what I mean by that!!! (Use pages 71-77 to help you)
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   13. Describe in detail your favorite place in your country. Why is it your favorite place? Do you have
      special memories there? Describe the geography, weather, etc. of this place.
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Part II: Logisitics
1. What degrees of latitude and longitude does your country lie between? (Use the map on page A3 to help
   you) For example, the continental United States lies between 48º & 26º North Latitude and 124º & 63º West
   Longitude
          Latitude: _______________________________________
          Longitude: _____________________________________


2. What is the absolute location of your capitol city?
           Latitude: ___________________________          Longitude: _____________________________

3. What is the absolute location of your other cities and towns?
           City / Town Name: ________________________
                  o Latitude: ______________________ Longitude: ________________________

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Part III: The Maps
It just wouldn’t be a Geography project unless we had some maps! You need to draw two maps for this project.
      One map needs to be a small globe showing the location of your country. (I will show you an example
         of this)
      The second map will be of your country. This is where you take the questions you answered in Part I
         and draw them for us to see.
Each map needs to have the following elements:
      Your large map must have a key, a scale, a compass rose, and any lakes, rivers, mountains, or other
         major physical features. They must show all of the cities and towns as well as your nation’s capitol.
         They should show any borders it has with other countries. They should be colorful, creative, and neat.
         They should be large enough to present them to a group of people. I will provide you with a poster board
         size sheet of paper. Again - the more detail, the better.

Map Checklist – Use this checklist to make sure you have all the necessary parts of your maps. To meet the
standard here you must meet these minimum requirements.
_____ My map has a key or legend.
_____ My map has a scale.
_____ Both of my maps have a compass rose.
_____ My map has the appropriate and important physical features.
_____ My map has the capitol city.
_____ My map has all cites / towns.
_____ My map has all of the geographic features I chose.
_____ My map has lines of latitude and longitude clearly marked.
_____ My map shows any borders with other countries (if applicable).
_____ My maps are creative, colorful, and neat.
_____ My maps are large enough for use in a presentation (poster board size).

				
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