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Social Studies Fair 2009


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									Dear Parents,
It is time for the social studies fair for the 2008-2009 school year. The attached
packet contains detailed information about the required project. For our class the
requirements are:
    Select a project from the 5 types available
    1-2 page report on the chosen topic (unless ―Paper‖ is chosen for the type of project,
       then this must be a 1500-2500 word report)
    A visual display (according to what type of project is chosen)
    An oral in-class presentation of their project (NOT reading it to the class)
    Cooperation and work on the in-class work days that have been set aside
    Work at home on the project as needed to meet the required due dates (see timeline in
We have two scheduled library dates and we have the laptop computers available in the
classroom. (These dates may vary by class). We will use these times for research and to work
on the written reports that are a required part of the project. Students may also work on their
visual aid, but most materials must be brought from home. I do have some markers, crayons,
colored pencils, construction paper, and glue, but my resources are fairly limited. If your child
would like to purchase a ―Presentation Board‖ I will sell them for $3.00 each.

Each student will be graded during the library and computer dates based on staying on task,
being cooperative, and using their time wisely.

The in-class presentations will take place January 28 - 30. There will be five projects from
each class that will advance to the school-wide social studies fair competition. The school-wide
competition will take place Feb. 3 and 4. After the judging for the school-wide fair is
completed, there will be an assembly during 7th hour on Thursday, Feb. 5 to announce the school
winners and hand out prizes. The top winners from the school fair will then advance to the
regional fair, which is hosted by the EUPISD and held at LSSU on Thursday, Feb. 12.

Please email me at if you have any questions. All of the needed
information is also be posted on my Sault Area Middle School website for you reference.
Thank you for your support with this endeavor!

Mary Myton
Dear Parent or Guardian,

Please sign this for and have your child return it to Mrs. Myton

“I am aware that my child ______________________________, has a SS Fair project due

Jan.28th, and that he/she has selected the following topic _______________________________.

I am aware of the requirements and timeline of due dates for this assignment.”

Parent/ Guardian Signature ___________________________________ Date__________
Social Studies Fair 2009

Theme: The Individual in History: Actions and Legacies
6th Grade –Western Hemisphere
7th Grade – Eastern Hemisphere
8th Grade –US History (1776-1910)
 Key Dates:
      Each individual class will judge projects and select 5 projects to be entered into the
school-wide fair. This needs to completed before Friday, Jan. 30. The winning projects will
then be displayed in the SAMS library and judged on Feb. 3 and 4. An assembly will be held
on Feb. 5 to announce the winners. These participants will then move on to the Regional Social
Studies Fair that will be held at LSSU on Thursday, Feb. 12.
 Project Information:
   1.     All projects except for ―paper‖ must be accompanied by a written report (1-2 pages
      typed maximum). See guidelines listed.
   2.    Accurate Information is required.
   3.   Accommodations will be made to facilitate all students’ learning styles.
 Judging Information:
      You should be prepared to answer any of the following questions that may be asked by
your classroom teacher and/ or the judges.
            What was your most important source and why?
            What is the most important point you are trying to convey about your topic?
            What is the most important thing you have learned from completing this entry?
            Why did you pick this topic?
            How did your primary sources help you understand this topic?
            What were the most important consequences of this event/person’s actions?
            Why is this topic significant?
Prizes will be awarded for the top projects at each grade level.

Top Ten things to consider as you choose your topic for this year’s Social Studies fair.
Your topic may be…
   1. a person in history who life has had a significant impact on those who followed.
   2. a person who overcame significant obstacles to become successful.
   3. a person who showed great courage in the face of disaster or great danger.
   4. a person who worked hard and passionately for an important cause.
   5. a person who helped move humanity forward in the quest for human rights.
   6. a person who resolutely maintained a belief or quest in the face of adversity or persecution.
   7. a scientist whose work and dedication led to significant progress in the realm of science,
      technology, health, medicine, environment, etc.
   8. a political, religious, or military leader of influence.
   9. a person who, though not famous or well known, influenced the course of events during some
       period of history. (ie. A foot soldier in a famous battle, a pioneer woman on the Oregon Trail…)
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   10. a person whose life had a significant impact on our local region (6 & 8 grade projects)
      Your Social Studies Fair Project Options:
All Social Studies Fair projects will include a written report. If you choose project option 1,2,3,
or 4 you will produce a 1-2 page paper to accompany your visual. Please see ―Social Studies
Written Report Requirements for guidelines

There will be 5 different categories judged at the Social Studies Fair. They are as follows:

   1. Documentary – This could include, but is not limited to:
         a. Biographical study of an individual in a Video format
   2. Exhibit: This may include any of the following but is not limited to:
         a. Power point
         b. Poster
         c. Presentation board
         d. Model or Construction of an object
         e. Scrapbook
         f. Game or puzzle
         g. Original artwork
         h. Brochure / pamphlet
         i. Diorama
         j. Pictorial History
   3. Performance – This could include but is not limited to:
         a. Oral History
         b. Video
         c. Skit
         d. Dramatic Interpretation
   4. Construct a Website – If chosen, the student must know how to do this, there will not be
      teacher instruction for this choice. This will be created at home
   5. Paper – If chosen, this paper will be much more in depth (1500-2500 words) than the
      paper requirements for the rest of the students who accompany it with some type of

All choices must meet the following criteria:
     Includes bibliography (see sample)
     Meets all requirements on the corresponding Judging Criteria

You may request the specific judging criteria for the type of project you have chosen, or
access judging criteria for all categories of projects on my website.
                 Research Report / Social Studies Fair Project
        Mrs. Myton’s Timeline of Due Dates (Subject to change if needed)

           TASK                         DETAILS               DUE DATE            TEACHER OK
                                 Describe Topic:
    Topic Selection                                          Jan. 7, 2009
 (and parent signature)

    Research Notes               Notes taken from book,
 Computer Research Jan. 6-7      internet, or other
              &19                sources—should include
  Library Research Jan. 8-9
                                                             Jan. 20, 2009
                                 the source information
  (Additional computer time      for all notes. May use
  available before and after     Note Form, lined paper,
school in room 708 as needed.)
                                 or note cards.
                                 This does not have to be
    List of Sources              formatted yet, but it       Jan. 20, 2009
                                 should include all the
                                 information you will need
                                 for your bibliography.
                                 Remember the report is
                                 only supposed to be 2
       First Draft                                           Jan. 23, 2009
                                 pages long.

                                 This should be typed or
       Final Draft               hand written in your best   Jan. 28, 2009
                                 penmanship. The title
                                 page and bibliography
                                 should be included.
      Visual Exhibit             Backboard or Poster
                                 Display, Game, Power
                                                             Jan. 28, 2009
                                 Point, Model, Scrapbook,
                                 Original Artwork,
                                 Brochure, Diorama, etc.
   Oral Presentation             Make sure you have
                                 practiced orally
                                 presenting your project.
                                                             Jan. 28, 2009
                                 Practice answering the
                                 judging questions listed
                                 in the handout packet.
                                 Do Not just read the
                                 report—summarize it.

Two library research days and three computer research days have been scheduled, as well as some class
time for working on the written part of this assignment. You will need to work on the visual and final
draft at home. Computers are available in my classroom after school most days. Just let me know if you
plan to stay and use them. Please see me before or after school if you need assistance with any aspect
of your project. I will be happy to help if I am able.
                     Individual in History Sample Topics – Sixth Grade
        Sixth graders must select an individual whose impact in history was/is primarily in the Western
Hemisphere. (North America, Latin America) The following is a list of possible research topics you may want to
pursue for this year’s Social Studies Fair. (National History Day 2009) The list is not all-inclusive but provides a
starting point for you to begin brainstorming ideas for research and presentation at the Social Studies Fair.
        Some of the most exciting and interesting topics may be local in nature, so you may want to look for topics
in your own community. Whether you choose to create a paper, exhibit, performance, website, or documentary, be
sure to place your topic into historical perspective and context and analyze the significance and impact of that
individual in history.
The following Web Sites may also be helpful in choosing your topic.
 Phillip Randolph                                  Ben Franklin
 Nat Turner                                        Andrew Carnegie
 Chief Joseph                                      Orville and Wilbur Wright
 John Carlos and Tommie Smith                      Alexander Graham Bell
 Jackie Robinson                                   Theodore Roosevelt
 Charlotte Perkins Gilman                          Thomas Edison
 Eleanor Roosevelt                                 El Dorado
 Horace Mann                                       Francisco Pizarro
 John Peter Zenger                                 Diego Rivera
 Ernesto Miranda                                   Jacques Cartier
 Bartholomew de Las Casas                          Samuel de Champlain
 Henry Ford                                        Étienne Brulé
 Alexander Hamilton                                Jean Baptiste
 John Muir                                         Pierre Gaultier de Varennes
 Jonas Salk                                        Sir Alexander Mackenzie
 Rachel Carson                                     Lester Bowles Pearson
 Dorothea Dix                                      Pierre Elliott Trudeau
 Robert Oppenheimer                                Guy Lombardo
 Walter Reed                                       Gordon ("Gordie") Howe
 Margaret Mead                                     Robert Marvin ("Bobby") Hull, Jr.
 Steven Jobs                                       Robert ("Bobby") Orr
 Christopher Columbus                              Lucy Maud Montgomery
 Marion Anderson                                   Brooker T. Washington
 Martha Graham                                     Powhatan
 Henry Thoreau                                     Pocahontas
 Harry Truman                                      Rosa Parks
 Tecumseh                                          Betsy Ross
 Pancho Villa                                      Helen Keller
 Don Benito Juárez                                 Martin Luther King, Jr.
 Miguel Hidalgo                                    A U.S. Founding Father
                Individual in History Sample Topics – Seventh Grade
        Seventh graders must select an individual whose impact in history was/is primarily in the
Eastern Hemisphere. (Europe, Asia, or Africa) The following is a list of possible research topics you
may want to pursue for this year’s Social Studies Fair. (National History Day 2009) The list is not all-
inclusive but provides a starting point for you to begin brainstorming ideas for research and
presentation at the Social Studies Fair.
        Whether you choose to create a paper, exhibit, performance, website, or documentary, be
sure to place your topic into historical perspective and context and analyze the significance and
impact of that individual in history.

 Andrei Sakhorv                                        Jonas Savimbi
 Eleanor of Aquitane                                   William Wallace
 Catherine the Great                                   Nelson Mandela
 Mary Wollstonecraft                                   Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz
 Emmeline Pankhurst                                    Adolf Hitler
 Daniel O'Connell                                      Otto Von Bismarck
 Bartholomew de Las Casas                              Johann Gutenberg
 John Locke                                            Mikhail Gorbachev
 Martin Luther                                         Isaac Newton
 Mohandas Karamchand Ghandi                            Plato
 Adam Smith                                            Louis Pasteur
 John Maynard Keynes                                   Alexander the Great
 Galileo Galilei                                       Julius Caesar
 Sigmund Freud                                         Charles Darwin
 Antonine-Laurent de Lavoisier                         Socrates
 Jane Goodall                                          Aristotle
 Albert Einstein                                       Shakespeare
 Ponce de Leon                                         Mother Theresa
 Genghis Khan                                          Napoleon Bonaparte
 Christopher Columbus                                  Nicolaus Copernicus
 Commodore Matthew Perry                               Thomas Paine
 James Cook                                            Francis Bacon
 Marco Polo                                            Ludwig van Beethoven
 Prince Henry the Navigator                            Ferdinand Magellan
 Vincent Van Gogh                                      Johannes Kepler
 Charles Dickens                                       James Watt
 Picasso                                               Karl Marx
 Virginia Woolf                                        Jean-Jacques Rousseau
 Joseph Stalin                                         John Calvin
 Winston Churchill                                     Confucius
 Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin                        Euclid
 William the Conqueror                                 Augustus Caesar
 Salah al-Din Yusuf ibn Ayyub                          Voltaire
 Ayatollah Khomeini                                    Mao Zedong
 Ho Chi Minh
 Simon Bolivar

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