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In groups, students make or design a country from scratch while incorporating academic information learned during the year and balance it with creativity. There are 15 items for students to address detailed in the handout, including but not limited to:
--choosing a type of government and explaining why
--the impact of landforms on daily life and trade
--a citizens' rights/privileges/expectations
--a flag and national symbols
--relations with other countries
--the historical formation of your country
This is a great way for the students to put what they learned to use in a fun way. After researching, writing everything up, and putting the pieces of their country together on a poster board this could take up to a week. Time permitting you could also have the students present their countries. This includes a points distribution and rubric.