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Latin America Postcard Project December 2010 As we begin to move into more modern history, it is important for you to know about the countries that make up the different continents. This assignment will ask you to focus on one Latin American country and become an expert on it. You will demonstrate your expertise by creating a postcard to be shared by you with your classmates. Let’s get started: 1. After you have selected your country, begin researching to find information about this country. Use the graphic organizer given to you to keep you focused on finding the right information. You must use the books in the library and will have limited time on the computer. Record the bibliographic information on the graphic organizer. 2. You will need a 5” x 8” index card. A good postcard should make you want to visit the place from which the postcard comes! Practice the design of the front of your postcard on regular paper before you begin working on your index card. I do not have extra index cards! Do an excellent job on the front of your postcard, and yes, it must be done by hand. The name of your country should also appear on the front. 3. The “back” of your postcard may be typed or handwritten, but must include certain information: The “stamp” in the upper right corner must be the flag of your country (by hand or a computer- generated graphic) (Color copies in the Media Center are 25 cents.) A greeting (Hello!) in the language of your country to a parent, sibling, friend, teacher, or whomever! An interesting and well-written letter that includes information about each of these topics: (remember, you are writing as if you are in the country visiting and you are describing the country) the weather the geography (capital city, population, rivers, mountains, bodies of water) the language(s) of this country the culture (customs, religion, food, holidays, sports) historical fact(s) or site tourist attraction you are visiting an appropriate closing (Sincerely, Love, Yours Truly) Your name 4. This project is due on December 8th. Don’t be late! Grading Rubric for “Latin America Postcard Project” 5 = Excellent effort 4 = Good effort 3 = Fair effort 2 = Not much effort 1 = Poor effort 0 = no effort Front of Postcard Back of Postcard Name of Country _______ A stamp/flag of your country _______ Appropriate Graphic _______ Greeting in a language of your country _______ Colorful _______ Your paragraph includes: Neat _______ The weather _______ Total _______ (20 pts possible) Capital city _______ The geography _______ The language _______ The culture ______ FRONT OF POSTCARD _______ Tourist attraction _______ BACK OF POSTCARD _______ Historical fact _______ TURNED IN ON DEC 8 _______ An appropriate closing _______ TOTAL _______ Paragraph is interesting to reader _______ 100 Points Possible Paragraph is free of spelling mistakes ______ This rubric is turned in w/ postcard _______ Postcard turned in on time _______ Total _______ (70 points possible) OPTIONAL: You may bring in a food from your country to share with the class on the day of presentations.
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