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Asia Research
8th Grade - Ms. Luxmoore


Project Assignment





Open Book





Open BookLaptop



Don't forget to write down bibliographic information on all the sources where you get information.

Project Assignment Pencil

The Countries








Print Resources Open book Books and Magazines

We recommend:

Junior Worldmark encyclopedia of the nationsegyptJunior Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations. Detroit : U*X*L, 2002, 3rd ed.

Enchantment of the World Series - from Children"s Press

Check out the 900's section of the library for many more books on individual countries such as:

The Philippines    The Philippines by Suzanne Lieurance - 959.9 Lie

Database Resources Blackboard
Links and Passwords - in Blackboard "Library Online"


World Edition - cultures of 190 countries and territories -includes maps, statistics, glossary and in depth information on 25 categories

Kids Edition
- kid"s-eye view fo 68 countries featuring cultural and geographical information, history, maps, flags and more


Compare Countries - Compare maps, flags, statistics, events and multimedia about any two countries in the world.

Grolier Online

Lands and Peoples - countries, cultures and current events including Culture Cross (Country comparisons)

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Web Links Computer

The Web sites listed on this page have been previewed and selected for this topic.

The C.I.A. World Fact Book - very current and detailed information on countries from the Central Intelligence Agency
World Factbook

Geographia - Asia -
Pictures, articles, maps, and more on animals, history & culture, maps & geography, photos & art, places and science & nature
Asia Geogroahia

US Department of State Background Notes
Include facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty.

Background Notes

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Print ResourcesBook
Where do I find the information I need to do a bibliography - on a book?

Spine, Front Cover, Title Page, Back Flap
Spine, Front Cover, Title Page, Back Flap
PublisherSpine, Title Page, Verso of Title Page (Back of Title Page)
City of Publication
Title Page, Verso of Title Page (Back of Title Page)
Copyright Date
Verso of Title Page (Back of Title Page)

Where do I find the information I need to do a bibliography - on an encyclopedia article?

Author (if there is one)
At the end of the article - in tiny print.
Title of Article
At Beginning of Article
Encyclopedia Title
Spine, Front Cover, Title Page (Back of Title Page)
City of Publication
Bottom of Title Page
Publication Date
Spine, Title Page, Verso of Title Page

Online Resources

Where do I find the information I need to do a bibliography - on a general website?

Author (if there is one)
Top or Bottom of Page
Title of Page
Top of Page
Title of Sponsoring Site
Top or Bottom of Window
Date of Electronic Publication
Usually Bottom of Page
Name of Any Associated Institution
Bottom of Page
Date of Access
Today's Date
URLAddress of Page

Where do I find the information I need to do a bibliography - on an online database encyclopedia article?

Look for a link on the article that say How to cite this article. Usually they will offer more than one style (MLA or APA, for example). Choose MLA, that is the style we use at Gunston and copy that information for your bibliography.

SOL  Standards SOL

Virginia Standards of Learning

Language Arts
Oral Language
8.2 The student will develop and deliver oral presentations in groups and individually.

a) Choose topic and purpose appropriate to the audience.
b) Choose vocabulary and tone appropriate to the audience, topic, and purpose.
c) Use appropriate verbal and nonverbal presentation skills.
d) Respond to audience questions and comments.
e) Use grammatically correct language.
f) Critique oral presentations.

8.6 The student will read, comprehend, and analyze a variety of informational sources.

a) Draw on background knowledge and knowledge of text structure to understand selections.
b) Analyze the author’s credentials, viewpoint, and impact.
c) Analyze the author’s use of text structure and word choice.
d) Analyze details for relevance and accuracy.
e) Read and follow instructions to complete an assigned task.
f) Summarize and critique text.
g) Evaluate and synthesize information to apply in written and oral presentations.
h) Draw conclusions based on explicit and implied information.
i) Make inferences based on explicit and implied information.

8.7 The student will write in a variety of forms, including narrative, expository, persuasive, and informational.

a) Use prewriting strategies to generate and organize ideas.
b) Organize details to elaborate the central idea.
c) Select specific vocabulary and information.
d) Revise writing for word choice, sentence variety, and transitions among paragraphs.
e) Use available technology.

8.8 The student will edit writing for correct grammar, capitalization, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, and paragraphing.

a) Use a variety of graphic organizers, including sentence diagrams, to analyze and improve sentence formation and paragraph structure.
b) Use and punctuate correctly varied sentence structures to include conjunctions and transition words.
c) Choose the correct case and number for pronouns in prepositional phrases with compound objects.
d) Maintain consistent verb tense across paragraphs.
e) Use comparative and superlative degrees in adverbs and adjectives.

Social Studies
WG.4 The student will locate and analyze physical, economic, and cultural characteristics of world regions:

Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, United States and Canada, North Africa and Southwest Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Russia and Central Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, East Asia, Australia and the Pacific Islands, and Antarctica.


C/T 6-8.4
The student will practice responsible use of technology systems, information, and software.

- Demonstrate the correct use of fair use and copyright regulations.
- Demonstrate compliance with the school division’s Acceptable Use Policy and other legal guidelines.

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