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State Brochure Project   
Feel free to copy and adapt this information to fit your needs

Introduction
Your task is to design a brochure about one state in our nation.  Your brochure must include detailed information on two important historical events and one historically important person who has made a significant contribution to the quality of American life.  You must get prior approval for each of these three topics.  You will also share some facts about your state and what makes your state special including information on a famous landmark.

Process:
Step 1: You will be given a state to research and a few minutes to trade states with your classmates

Step 2: Research your state to find the information listed in the task.  You will start the research during social  studies class and then complete research and the brochure during technology time.  Use the graphic organizer given to you to organize your notes. You will also include a Work Cited section in your brochure that tells the reader where you found your information, so be sure to record this information with every book, encyclopedia, and internet site that you use as you are using it.

Step 3: Complete research using the graphic organizer given to you.  You are to follow this format to create your brochure

Front of "8 ½ by 11" sheet of paper:  
Pages 1 and 2 - Important historical events (2 events) - You must have one well-written, descriptive paragraph about each event and each is in a separate column. 
Information to include for each event: Name, date, and location of event within state if you are given specific information; people involved; and at least five more important facts about what happened during this event.

Page 3 - Historically Important Person - You must include one well-written paragraph about a historically important person - Information to include for this person: When and where was this person born, family life (Did this person grow up on a farm?  In a city?  Where? Any brothers or sisters?),educational background, many details about this person's contribution to United States history.
Type this information in a separate column and your person must be approved by Mrs. Biltucci or Mrs. Paul.  You may include a picture of this person from ClipArt, and the size must be appropriate for your brochure. If it is too large, ask for help!

Back of "8 ½ by 11" sheet of paper

Page 4 -State facts and Historical Timeline - state capital, population, climate, state animal, and a famous landmark and interesting fact about it  (You may insert an image for your state animal and famous landmark using Clip Art.)  

Historical Timeline of five to ten important historical events in your state's history - You must include a brief caption for each date written in one sentence.  You are to include when your state achieved statehood and facts about your state that are important to the history of the United States.  You may include the two historical events that you wrote about in your paragraphs; however, this means you must have a minimum of seven historical events instead of five.

Page 5 - Work Cited and Conclusion - This section is where you will include least at least three references.  You must have one reference each for a book, an encyclopedia, and an internet site. You must also end your brochure with an interesting paragraph - See the sample brochure

Page 6   - Cover - Include a small map of your state

Step 4: Create your brochure using the following directions:
1. Open Word

2. Select either Times New Roman font or Garamond in size 11 and black ink

3. Go to your top toolbar and click on File, Page Setup, change all your margins to .5"(top, bottom, left, right), click on the rectangle under Orientation that says Landscape, and then click on OK.

4. Click on Format; Columns; click on the third image from the left for three columns; and over to the right under Cancel, you need to click on the box to the left of Line between; and finally click OK.

5. On your document, look down at the toolbar at the bottom.  Locate where it says Page 1, Sec 1, 1/1 - then press Enter and hold this key down until that toolbar says Page 2, Sec 1, and 2/2.  By doing this you have put in the lines between the columns of your brochure. If you go to 3/3, you have gone too far and all you need to do is press the Backspace button to get back to page 2. 

6. Move your cursor back to the very beginning of your document to begin typing in the first column to the left. You need to pay attention to the numbers of each section of the brochure and where you are to place specific information. Look at the bottom of these directions to find pictures to guide you for placement of information. 

7. Start typing information into the first column to the left on the first page and continue as shown in the sample brochure at the end of this document or you may look on sample brochures in the classroom

8. On the cover you will insert a map from ClipArt by following the directions on the next page.  You will also be taught how to use Word Art for your state name and will be allowed to increase the font with prior approval.  Ask for help with WordArt.  Only Mrs. Biltucci or Mrs. Paul may make changes to this project.  

Directions for inserting a map on the cover using ClipArt:
1. Place your cursor on the cover section of your brochure and click near the top where you should place your map

2. Go to the upper toolbar and click on Insert, hold and move the cursor down to Picture, and then move it to the right over ClipArt, and then release your cursor 

3. On the left or right of your screen, locate a section that just appeared.  Find where it says Search text and under that type the name of your state correctly.  You will find images that pop up for your state.  Look for a map of your state in deep yellow with green around it. 

4. Click once on the image and this will place the image on your document. 

5. Now that it is on your document, click once on the image itself so you see a colored edge all the way around it and small shapes in the corners and the middle of the sides. Place your cursor over an edge, click, and hold down the left side of your cursor.  Continue to hold the cursor down and you will also see a small envelope under your cursor.  Drag/move the image to where you want it on the cover page and release it once you have placed it.  After you do this, you will have to realign your words (make sure they are in the right spot). 

6. Type the name of your state by using Word Art.  Ask for help with this!

7. Below that, type your state's nickname in regular font

8. Skip a few lines and type the date it achieved statehood

9. Move down a couple of lines and type your name

10. Go down a couple more lines and type today's date

11. Below that you may include your state slogan and highlight it to put it in bold print.

12. If you want to increase the font on the cover only, ask a teacher for help.

13. At this point you may insert a ClipArt picture for your state animal, famous landmark, historical events and historically important person if you can find something appropriate in our ClipArt program on the computer.  Ask for help if you need it!

Follow these steps to find ClipArt and to insert into your brochure, but not on the cover:   
1. Place your cursor in the section on the document where you want to insert the ClipArt

2. Go to the upper toolbar and click on Insert, move the cursor down to Picture and then to the right over ClipArt and release your cursor.

3. On the left or right of your screen, locate a section that just appeared.  Find where it says Search text: and under that in the blank correctly type the name of your state.  You will find images that pop up for your state.

4. Click once on the image and this will place the image on your document.
*Once it is on your document, click on the image itself so you see a colored edge all the way
around it and small shapes in the corners and the middle of the sides.

*Place your cursor over an edge and click and hold down the left side of your cursor.

*Continue to hold the cursor down and you will also see a small envelope under your cursor.

*Drag/move the image to where you want it on the cover page and release it once you have placed it.

*When you do this, you will have to realign your words so they are in the right place.

Step 5: Print your brochure out and ask for help to fold it into thirds evenly 

Ask for help whenever you need it!  
 
Internet links to use to research information: http://www.theus50.com/  - Great link for historical facts and important people   http://www.50states.com/
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/usa/states/  

Evaluation will be based on the criteria included in this paper and on a point system *Your writing must be free of any errors
*You must have followed the requirements and typed using the correct format 
*Your project must be handed in on time - No extension will be given!


Name: _________________________________________

State Brochure Project Assessment Points


_____Cover (requested state map, state name, complete date of statehood, student name and complete date when  typing project, state motto or nickname)  5 Points


_____Historical Event #1At least one well-written paragraph20 Points     You may add one graphic


_____Historical Event #2  At least one well-written paragraph 20 Points   You may add one graphic  


_____Historically Important Person  At least one well-written paragraph  20 Points   You may add one graphic


_____Timeline (10 dates with explanation following this format - make sure you add a hyphen after the year and skip a line between entries on the timeline) 10 Points


1861 - Fort Sumter was fired upon by the Confederate Arm

1865 - General Robert E. Lee surrenders at Appomattox Court House


_____Facts (capital, population, climate explain what seasons are like and you may add high and low average temperature for this state, state animal, famous landmark explaining where it is located, what it is, and its historical important if stated) 10 Points

_____Work Cited - two complete citations in proper format10 Points


_____Mechanics, Usage, Grammar & Spelling5 Points

_____ Total Points Earned