What's it all about?

Lesson Overview: The goal of this project is to determine whether the citizens of a chosen country should stay in their country or leave and seek a home elsewhere. You will explain why they made their decision and other conditions associated with the decision.
DAY 1: In your Social Studies classroom, practice gathering information about a developed country (like the United States) and also use this information to compare with possible country choices.

Information gathered could be in relation to:
  • GDP Per Capita
  • Literacy Rate/Education
  • Life Expectancy
  • Unemployment Rate
  • Natural Resources/Land Use/Water Availability
  • Government Type/Voting
  • Other: Student Choice

After completing the information gathering on the developed country, examine a few countries of your choosing to compare the data gathered in class with the country of your choice before submitting your final decisions as to which LDC you want to research.

DAY 2: With your librarian, begin exploring various resources for researching you LDC. Head to the library or bring resources to the classroom. Use the resources in Steps 2 & 3 to begin your exploration. Then fill out the note-taking sheet (Step 4).

DAY 3: Continue your research and note-taking in your classroom or the library. Also, at the beginning of the class, be sure to create citations for all resources that you use. Citations show your teacher where you found your information!

DAY 4: 
In your social studies classroom or the library, begin working on your final project (see Step 5). You will start by filling out the Decision Information Sheet. Consider this document an extended outline - it does not need to be written in complete sentences, but it should be in your own words.

This is your opportunity to defend your position on whether the person should stay in or leave the country. Convince your audience that your decision is the correct on through both a visual and a written product.

DAY 5: In your social studies classroom, complete the self-evaluation for all steps in the Big6+ process.

Big6+ Step 1: What do I need to do?

Big6+ Steps 2 & 3: Where can I locate information and how can I access it?


District Databases


  • 7th Grade Social Studies Textbook
  • Books in the Library

How will I evaluate my resources?
Evaluating ABCD
Checklist of Evaluating Sources

Big6+ Step 4: How will I organize my information? How will I cite my information?

Big6+ Step 5: Synthesis. How can I organize my information? How can I present the results?


Click for Decision Information Sheet

Now is your chance to create a product to illustrate what you've learned! Be sure to include your own personal perspective as well as information about your topic! Some of your choices include:


Using the information from the Decision Information Sheet, create an end product to share the decision made. The end product must include the required information and may be in the form of a formal essay (paper), PowerPoint, Sway, Office Mix, Poster, Speech, Brochure, etc.

Products can follow a standard format with an introduction (Question 1), body (Question 2), and conclusion (Question 3) using information from the Decision Information Sheet.


PowerPoint Template

Big6+ Step 6: How will I know I did my job well? SELF-EVALUATION