Welcome to the Social Studies Fair Wiki!

Ms. Molina can answer any Social Studies questions regarding this project and Ms. Kringas can answer any questions about the paper.

See timeline below.

2012-2013 Marrero Academy Social Studies Fair
Important Dates

Friday, October 26, 2012 Topics due to homeroom teacher by 8:45 AM.
Topics MUST answer an open-ended question.
No duplicate topics will be approved. Topics will be approved in order of submission. ALL TOPICS MUST BE APPROVED BY MS. MOLINA.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 5 open-ended questions (typed) that will guide research are due
to homeroom teacher. In addition, 3 articles and 2 books are to be brought in to class. (English participation grade)
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 Abstract due to homeroom teacher. (English participation
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 Rough Draft due to homeroom teacher. (English test grade)
Paper must be 3-5 pages, double spaced, and 12 pt. font.
Monday, December 10, 2012 Conclusion and bibliography due(English participation grade) (Typed, each on a separate paper)
Monday, December 17, 2012 Final draft due to homeroom teacher. (English test grade)
Paper MUST be stapled in the following order:
Title page, abstract, body of paper, conclusion, bibliography.
All elements of the paper MUST be typed.
Saturday, January 26, 2013 Completed projects are due.
Projects MUST be brought to the cafeteria between 12:00 PM
and 2:00 AM. You must include a copy of your paper, your
model, and your backboard. (2 social studies test grades)
Monday, January 28, 2013 Social Studies Fair
Projects may be viewed by parents from 6:00 to 7:00 PM. Awards ceremony will immediately follow the viewing of projects. Projects not going on to the district Social Studies Fair MUST be taken home after the awards ceremony. Projects not picked up by Tuesday afternoon will be discarded.
**Rubrics used to grade the paper and the project will be sent home by October 30, 2012.


Below are Ms. Kringas' powerpoints and examples related to the Social Studies Fair

(information may also be viewed by clicking the tab entitled "Archives 5th" on the left hand side of Ms. Kringas' wiki):

Social Studies Fair powerpoint (overview):

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Below is a copy of the Social Studies Fair packet given to us by Jefferson Parish:

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Below is a copy of the Social Studies Fair Timeline in case your child has lost it.

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RESEARCH (i.e., READ ABOUT) your topic so that you will ask an intelligent open-ended question for your paper.
For example, you cannot write a paper entitled "World War II," but you can write a paper entitled "How Was Germany Affected by World War II."
You may look through the website Trueflix to find a topic. Do not choose "Science and Nature." Once you have read a book and seen a video on a topic you like, you may look on the left sidebars under "websites" and find more research about it. The username is: marreroa. The password is: trueflix.
If you do not like any of the topics on this site, you may choose any other topic listed below in the Jefferson Parish Social Studies Fair Packet attachment.
Research will be easier if you type "for children" after the topic you want to choose. For example, if you want to do "How Children Grew Up in World War II" type in World War Two for Children. This wll lead you to more child-friendly, easy-to-read sites.

You must begin with five open-ended questions ("why," "how," or "what" questions are preferred) that will help you do your social studies research. You should have already begun researching your topics in order to ask intelligent questions.

Below are 10 open-ended questions for my daughter's research paper.
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REMEMBER: You MUST have 2 books and 3 internet articles for your bibliography!!!
Your Social Studies Paper HOOKS are due on a separate sheet of paper.
They must be neatly written in INK or typed.

Hook example: It should be a setting or character description followed by a summary of what your paper is going to be about.
In movies, Cleopatra is always shown as a beautiful goddess, with silky black hair, stunning clothes, and golden jewels covering her body. The real Cleopatra may have had all of these riches, but everyone who wrote about her said she was not very pretty, with her sharp chin and hooked nose. But they all agreed that she made up for it with her extreme intelligence and charming personality. Yet, for all of her brains, she led both Caesar and, later, Mark Antony to be blinded to reality through their great love for her, leading to all of their deaths and ending Egypt’s Ptolemaic Dynasty.

(REMEMBER: You need to have read enough about your topic in order to write a good hook!)

Below is an example of how to make a note card and the dangers of plagiarism:

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Below is a sample of how to take your note cards and make them into a paragraph:
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Below is a powerpoint with information about how to do a bibliography.
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Below are answers to the sample questions in the powerpoint above.
Publication: Encyclopedia Americana
Article title: “Albert Einstein”
Edition: 1991 edition
Publication date: 1990

ANSWER: “Albert Einstein.” Encyclopedia Americana. 1991 Edition. 1990.


Author: Joel Garreau
Book Title: Edge City
Publisher: Doubleday
City of publication: New York
Date of publication: 1991

ANSWER: Garreau, Joel. Edge City. New York: Doubleday, 1991.


Website address: www.encyclopediabritannica.com
Article title: “Women in American History”
Volume: Version 98.1.1
Date of publication: Nov. 1997
Name of website: Encyclopedia Britannica
Date you downloaded article: 10 Mar. 1998

ANSWER: “Women in American History.” 98.1.1. Nov. 1997. Encyclopedia Britannica. 10 March 1998. www.encyclopediabritannica.com.


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Below is a sample of a properly formatted rough draft:

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Rough draft rubric sample is attached:

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NOTE: You need only hand in the 3-5 page written section, not the title page, abstract, conclusion page or bibliography.
Style: Times Roman
Font: 12 point
TYPED in black ink.
Double space and indent your paragraphs
Social Studies Final Draft Example below:
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Jefferson Parish Guidelines about the final draft are below (in case you can't open the PDF file at the top of the page):

Each project must be accompanied by a well-developed research paper containing the following elements: title page, table of contents, abstract, body of research, conclusion, footnotes, and bibliography. See the subsections below.
The report should be placed in a folder. The report must be typed.
7.1 Title Page
This page expresses the title of the project.
7.2 Table of Contents
All major elements in the paper should be listed with the appropriate page numbers. This portion of the report should be typed in 12 pt. font Times New Roman.
7.3 Abstract
This is a brief summary of the content and the purpose of the project. Information about the reference sources used may also be included. The abstract should be no more than 250 words. The following box contains a sample abstract. This portion of the report should be typed in 12 pt. font Times New Roman.
EXAMPLE BELOW: Take the underlined portions below and copy them. Then fill the rest of each sentence in by rephrasing your questions in sentence form. The first five questions will go in the first paragraph, where you got the information in the second paragraph, and a concluding sentence in the third paragraph.
This project is about the internment of Japanese-American citizens during World War II. The project will describe the historical background for popular sentiment against Japanese-Americans living on the west coast of the United States at the beginning of World War II. The project will show that the internment of these people was not an act to increase national security, but was part of a greater effort to calm an alarmed American public frightened by the sudden attack on Pearl Harbor. Further, the project will show that the internment of these American citizens was inconsistent with constitutional principles. In addition, this project will demonstrate that this was unfair treatment of U.S. citizens.
Information for this project was secured from various sources, including books, periodicals, and government documents. Also included with the project will be taped interviews with legal experts and Japanese-Americans.
This project intends to demonstrate that even in times of national emergency, citizens must be careful to ensure constitutional rights.
7.4 Body of Research
This element should be the longest section of the report. The length of the paper may vary, depending on the type of project, but it should be at least three (3) typed pages or five (5) handwritten pages in length to adequately cover the topic.
The body contains the important facts that the student has gathered from books, encyclopedias, magazines, and other references. Plagiarism, or copying word-for-word from a reference book, is not allowed.
The student should be able to read and understand all information contained in the report. The body should contain the material that the student learned during the course of the project. This portion of the report should be typed in 12 pt. font Times New Roman.

7.5 Conclusion
The student should briefly describe the knowledge he/she has gained as a result of completing the project. The conclusion may consist of simply one or two paragraphs describing the general ideas that the student learned.
The conclusion should be written on a separate sheet of paper and not written as the last paragraph or two of the body. This portion of the report should be typed in 12 pt. font Times New Roman.

7.6 Bibliography
This element is a list of the books and other references from which the student gained information for his/her project. Any standard bibliographic or reference style may be used. All entries should be listed in alphabetical order. A sample bibliography showing various types of references is given in the box below. Students should have a variety of sources and should not be mainly internet citations. There should be at least 2 books and 3 internet articles. This portion of the report should be single spaced and typed in 12 pt. font, Times New Roman. You should double space between bibliographic entries.
Adams, Mary. Women's Liberation and Equal Rights. Chicago: Prentice-Hall, 1973.
Smith, Jane. "United States History." World Book Encyclopedia. Chicago: World Book-Childcraft International, Inc., 1985, Vol. 22, pp. 813-831.
Wilson, Robert. "Conflict in South Africa." Time. January 1977, p. 57.
"Election Results." New Orleans States-Item. November 6, 1976.
The American Flag. United States Marine Corps, 1977.
Television Program:
Issues and Answers. NEC, February 10, 1976.
Smith, Jan. Social Studies Teacher, Grace King High School, December 1991.

Internet Source: (not included in the JPPSS packet for some reason...)
Title of the Site. Editor. Date and/or Version Number. Name of Sponsoring Institution. Date of Access. URL.
NOTE: [If the site's sponsoring institution or editor is not there, don't include it]
Encyclopedia Mythica. 2004. 13 May 2004. www.pantheon.org.