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Grade: Advanced
Subject: Geography

#4462. Create Your Own Country

Geography, level: Advanced
Posted Sat Sep 25 06:04:20 PDT 2010 by Jerry Taylor (Jerry Taylor).
Marco Island Charter Middle School, Marco Island, FL 34145, USA
Activity Time: Two-Three Weeks
Concepts Taught: Map-Making, Research Skills, Government Planning, Critical Thinking Skills

Create a Country
Mr. Taylor

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. It is pretty important for you to keep
this packet handy, since it contains all the information you need to
complete this project. Oh, and you ought to read this packet. Just
carrying it around probably won’t do you much good. Don’t say I didn’t
warn you.

Directions: This project has several parts. You will complete each part
by its due date (or before) and move on to the next portion of the project.
Simple, huh?

Part I: The Research
1. What is the name of your country?
2. Where is your country located?
3. Describe the physical geography of your country. Does it have
mountains? Is it an island? It is landlocked? Does it have
multiple regions?
4. 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.
5. Discuss the natural resources found in your country. Do the
people in your country have an abundant energy source, or are
they required to import it? Do they have any resources to
export? Do they mine for gold or diamonds?
6. 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? Is your country’s population
growing? Why or why not? Do people in your country migrate a
lot or do they stay put?
7. 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 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?
8. Describe the religion of your country’s people. Are they
Christians? Are they Buddhist? Are they polytheistic?
9. Describe the social structure of your country’s people. Are
there social classes in your country? What are they? Is family
important to the people of your country? If so, are nuclear or
extended families more prevalent?
10. What kind of economic system do the people of your country
use? Do they use capitalism, socialism, communism? Do they
have their own unique system? What is the money called in
your country? Do the people even use money?
11. What kind of political system does your country have? Is it a
monarchy, a direct democracy, or a dictatorship? Is your
country governed by one big central government or is it run by
many smaller governments at the local level?

Part II: The Country
Create a country of your own. Use your imagination. The sky is the
limit. Have fun. Want your country to be underground? Go for it. Want
your people to speak only in monosyllabic grunts? Fine. There are just
two rules. First, it must be logical. Don’t have tropical vegetation in a
desert for example. Second, you must answer the same questions for
your fictional country as you did for your research country. Use these
questions as your checklist for making sure you have addressed all the
necessary points for your country.

Part III: The Maps
It just wouldn’t be a Geography project unless we had a couple of maps.
You need to draw two maps. One map needs to be of your research
country and one map needs to be of your fictional country. Each map
needs to have the following elements:
Each of your maps must have a key, a scale, a compass rose, and any
lakes, rivers, mountains, or other major physical features. They must
show at least one city or town – your nation’s capital. 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. Poster board size is a safe guide. 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.
_____ Both of my maps have a key or legend.
_____ Both of my maps have a scale.
_____ Both of my maps have a compass rose.
_____ Both of my maps have the appropriate and important physical
features.
_____ Both of my maps have the nations’ capitols.
_____ My maps show 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).