Social Studies Africa Country Mini-project: Land Use & Conflict and Cooperation Essay #1

Essays are to be written using skills learned in language arts in grades 4-5. Students are to use the content they have learned about the country they've researched in their essay. Essays should be at least one page double spaced typed font size 14 Times New Roman, or 2 pages handwritten in ink and in cursive in the child's language.

Paragraphs should be indented, have a topic sentence and have 5 or more detail sentences each. The first paragraph should introduce the theme of the essay. The middle paragraphs develop the essay theme. The last paragraph should summarize.

You should check the spelling, grammar, capitals, punctuation etc. Your essay should use sentences of different lengths as well as sound like you talking.

Project: African country use of land and resources

(indent) Your first paragraph is an introductory paragraph. It tells the name of your country, the continent it is on, and the region in it is in. You should tell if it is landlocked or on the coast and how these facts affect life and movement of people and goods. Write a sentence or two to tell if your country was controlled by a European power during a colonial period. Which country controlled it and until when. How did it become free? Use a transition sentence to tell what the next paragraph will be about.



(indent) Your second paragraph should tell how the land is used in your country. You found this on Atlapedia. Write a sentence or two to tell about each use of the land. Twenty-three percent of the country's land is used for farming. They grow corn, wheat, rye and other grains that are used to make food for the people. What is not used is sold and exported to other countries. Use a transition sentence to tell what the next paragraph will be about.

(indent) Your next paragraph should name some of the geographic features of the country. Write a sentence or two naming the natural resources found here. What are they and why are they important. What do they use them for? How do these resources affect the lives of the people? Do these resources create jobs for the people? What kind of jobs are created? What kind of income do these jobs and resources bring into the country? Use a transition sentence to tell what the next paragraph will be about.

(indent) Your third paragraph should tell where the people live in your country. Do they live in cities or in towns and villages. What is life like there? How do they use the land there? What type of education, housing, healthcare do they have? Is their a problem with old ways and new ways? Use a transition sentence to tell what the next paragraph will be about.

(indent) Your last paragraph is a summary paragraph. You tell the main point from each paragraph. You should tell that your country is a country in the modern world. Life in your country is decided on by the use of land and the life the people lead because they live on the land the way they do. Give examples. Your last sentence is a closing sentence.

Outline

Paragraph 1

Topic sentence

1. detail sentence

2. detail sentence

3. detail sentence

4. detail sentence

5. transition sentence

Paragraph 2

Topic sentence 2

1. detail sentence

2. detail sentence

3. detail sentence

4. detail sentence

5. transition sentence

Paragraph 3

Topic sentence 3

1. detail sentence

2. detail sentence

3. detail sentence

4. detail sentence

5. transition sentence

Paragraph 4

Topic sentence 4

1. detail sentence

2. detail sentence

3. detail sentence

4. detail sentence

5. transition sentence

Paragraph 5

Topic sentence/ summary

1. detail sentence

2. detail sentence

3. detail sentence

4. detail sentence

5. concluding sentence