Venice, Italy
Foreign Cities Research Project

Through your history classes you have learned about Ancient Cities of the world. Through reading stories, you may have learned about different places in the world. You may have even had the opportunity to travel a bit and discover the world outside your community. For your 7th-grade Language Arts research project, you will conduct research on a particular city of the world and create a travel brochure to share with your class. Digital and print resources will take you from our campus to a different part of the world. Enjoy your trip! Bon Voyage!

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Foreign Cities Travel Brochure

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Your travel brochure must include the following six items:
1. History
  • Who were the original inhabitants of the city/area?
  • What major historical events occurred in that city?
  • What current events are occurring?
  • Interesting historical facts or famous people from the city.
2. Important Statistics
  • Population
  • Language
  • Currency
  • Climate
  • Government
  • Religion(s)
  • Size
  • Types of transportation
3. Important Landmerks, Points of Interest and Reasons Why
  • Provide 5 major sites to see
  • Provide reasons why a person might be interested in visiting each place
4. Food and Accommodations
  • Look through all restaurant choices and choose a place to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Provide details on each restaurant and location
  • Choose three places to stay at night (accommodations) at varying costs: expensive, average, and economy (inexpensive)
5. Cover page
  • Pictures of the city
  • Map of the country with the city highlighted
  • Your first and last name
6. Bibliography
  • All sources used are correctly cited.
  • Must use a minimum of one each of the following types of sources: Internet (maximum of 3 sites), Travel books, Historical Text/Newspaper, Encyclopedia
  • You may also interview someone who has visited or lived in your selected city.
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Library Resources
The library has many travel guides, world city books and country books located in nonfiction in the 900 section of the library as well as in the reference section of the library. Our on-line databases will also provide you with valuable information for your research. Search your cities on Grolier and EBSCOhost.
Research Websites

away.com http://away.com/index.html This site offers travel guides to many world cities.
CIA World Factbook https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/
Frommer's Travel Guides http://www.frommers.com/destinations/
Fudor's Travel Guides http://www.fodors.com/world/
National Geographic Travel http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/places/
Travel + Leisure Travel Guides http://www.travelandleisure.com/guides/
World Executive City Guides http://www.worldexecutive.com/cityguides

California English-Language Arts Content Standards

Research and Technology
1.4 Identify topics; ask and evaluate questions; and develop ideas leading to inquiry, investi-gation, and research.
1.5 Give credit for both quoted and paraphrased information in a bibliography by using a consistent and sanctioned format and methodology for citations.

Information Literacy Standards

1.2 Knows Parts of a Book and Digital Resources
1.2.2 Identifies parts of a book: table of contents, publisher, page numbers, copyright date, and call number
1.2.5 Identifies online terms and their uses (e.g., home page, Web page, url, responsibility statement, search engine)
1.7 Uses Digital Resources to Access Information
1.7.3 Uses databases (e.g., cd-roms, online free and fee-based services) for school use
1.9 Uses a Developmentally Appropriate Research Process to Access Information
1.9.1 Identifies a problem or question that needs information
1.9.2 Uses presearch strategies such as brainstorming, mapping, and recalling of prior knowledge
1.9.3 Identifies and uses keywords to find specific information
1.9.4 Uses keywords and controlled vocabulary to develop search statements for use with databases, search engines, digital books, and other digital sources and formats
1.9.5 Formulates questions that define the scope of the investigation
1.9.6 Selects a topic, focuses the investigation, and gathers information in order to construct a meaningful final product
1.9.7 Uses Dewey call numbers to locate books in areas of interest or to explore topics in depth
1.9.8 Selects and reads familiar and unfamiliar material independently
1.9.9 Uses a variety of print and digital reference material (e.g., dictionary, almanac, thesaurus,atlas, encyclopedia, and periodicals) to locateinformation
1.9.10 Uses title, table of contents, chapter headings, and navigation elements to locate information in books and digital resources
1.9.11 Uses subheadings to locate information in nonfiction resources
1.9.12 Obtains information from illustrations, photographs, charts, graphs, maps, and tables
1.9.13 Uses scanning and skimming skills to locate relevant information
1.9.14 Continues to show growth in selection of sources and formats for educational andpersonal use
1.9.15 Uses cross references (see, see also) to locate relevant information
1.9.16 Identifies bibliographic references
1.9.17 Uses bibliographies in books and digital resources to access information beyond the immediatesource and school library media collection
1.9.18 Uses a variety of print and digital information resources to facilitate research
1.9.19 Uses advanced and specialized reference books and digital resources
1.9.20 Identifies and uses computer icons and program menus to search for information (e.g., locates an index, navigates a subject tree, accesses a help screen)
1.9.21 Refines search strategies for research projects
1.9.22 Selects and uses a variety of appropriate media to access information for assignments
1.9.23 Records author, title, and other citation elements systematically while accessing information sources
2.3 Selects Relevant Information during the Research Process
2.3.1 Understands that notetaking is a tool forinformation processing (e.g., remembering, comparing, analyzing, and sequencing)
2.3.2 Selects and records relevant information, organizing notes in a format appropriate to the task
2.3.3 Restates facts and details to clarify and organize ideas for notetaking standard