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7th Grade Research Project: Nations, Regions, Cultures   Tags: 7t_grade, cultures, history, middle_school, nations  

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The Assignment

Groups of 3-5 students will each choose a specific geographic area/culture to research. Time frame: 1500-1900 a.d.

Each person in the group will choose 1 topic of interest to explore further. 

Each group will create a multi-media website (modeled after a magazine) showing major influences, contributions, or what life was like for their specific geographic area/culture during a chosen timespan (300-400 years.)

Geographic Areas:

  • Eastern European – Jewish
  • Italy
  • Austria/Czech/Hungry
  • England, Scotch/Irish
  • Spain
  • France
  • Poland
  • Sweden/Norway
  • North America – Native American
  • Germany
  • West Africa
  • China

Example: Japan 1500-1900: How Life Has Changed Over the Last 300 Years



Required Research

Thoroughly research the following about the chosen nation, region or culture only from  or within the years 1500-1900.

Cite sources in a bibliography using MLA form.


  • WHERE: location
  • RIVERS: and/or other major bodies of water


  • POPULATION: any major changes
  • CITIES: major population centers and their approximate population.
  • RELIGIONS:  main teachings of each
  • CULTURE:  important traditions 

HISTORY:   major changes and events 

GOVERNMENT & POLITICAL STRUCTURE:  What leaders or leaders?  How were they picked?  

ECONOMICS:   main type of  system used,  major sources of Income:  agriculture, industrial & mining, or service.

MIGRATION TO AMERICA:  Key reasons why  and when people from the geographic area came to the United States.


Individual Research Topics

Architecture, Art, Astronomy,

Clothing & Fashion, Culinary Arts & Food,  

Family traditions, Folklore & Myths, 

Holidays, Inventions & Technology, 

Medicine, Military Science, Music, Science,

Spirituality & Religion, Sports, Theatre & Drama





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