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MIDDLE SCHOOL ACADEMICS: HUMANITIES CASE STUDY

7th Grade World Fair

The 7th Grade World Fair each spring is a celebration of an entire year’s worth of work!

Over the course of their year-long study of human and physical geography, students complete five cross-curricular projects.

For each of the five continents studied, students investigate and research a relevant current or historical social, economic, political, or environmental conflict.

Projects are entirely student-directed and teacher-supported, and include both a written and creative component. Topics are varied and reflect the personal interests of the students.

The investigative research process includes:

  • writing research questions
  • note-taking
  • evaluating sources and determining bias
  • organizing and outlining research
  • drafting and revising a formal essay
  • accurately citing sources

The Novella

The English component of the project focuses on elements of a short story and creative fiction writing. Students choose a body of research from one of their World Fair projects to use as the setting or conflict in an original, creative, realistic fiction novella.

The World Fair

In June, our Rainbow Theater comes alive when over two hundred projects and novellas are on display for the entire school community to view and discuss. Younger students participate by having their “passport” stamped as they explore the continents of the world and begin to look forward to their very own World Fair contributions.

Past World Fair Topics

  • Energy Conservation in Tokyo
  • Conflict Diamond Trade in Africa
  • Pollution in Antarctica
  • Obesity in Mexico
  • Lion poaching in Africa
  • Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea
  • and much more