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  • Mandolyn
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    • February 10, 2010, 07:55:20 am
    • Wonju, South Korea
Create Your Own Country- Government Terms
« on: June 17, 2010, 03:29:22 pm »
This is a really fun lesson if you have creative students.

I tell them many times that this can be fun or boring, it depends on if they want to have fun or not.

I go through some words relating to government on the powerpoint. I make sure that they know most of the words. After we go over the vocab I put them in groups and have them create their own country following my guidelines. I give them a black piece of paper and have them use that to create a poster for it. The last slide of the powerpoint has the guidelines.

I have them present their countries to the class and they vote on the country they like the most.

Some countries I have had:

Handsome Boy Island- It is illegal to be ugly, short or mean to girls
It is legal for one woman to have many husbands

Harry Potter's Country- Main export is magic, school is mandatory for students but only for 3hrs a day where they study magic only.

Re: Create Your Own Country- Government Terms
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2010, 08:13:43 am »
This sounds like a really awesome idea. I'm hopefully going to try it out next week!

  • vitamin-d
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    • July 19, 2010, 02:28:16 pm
    • Jiangsu, China
Re: Create Your Own Country- Government Terms
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2010, 10:30:33 am »
I think this is a good idea too.
I'm using it to do something similar. My students are rather low performers so I think the PowerPoint would be a little complex for them. Also, my TV is broken with no schedule to be fixed!
Instead, I've made a task worksheet (that I will explain before giving out with 6 columns on the board). It may be a good idea to laminate it and hand out one to each team, so they can be used again and again.
I've attached it. I hope it's useful.,7772.0.html
for all my lesson plans & games...

Re: Create Your Own Country- Government Terms
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2010, 11:59:07 pm »
I love this idea, I'm definitely gonna use it :) thanks!

  • stellaface
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    • October 24, 2010, 10:28:35 pm
    • Seoul, South Korea
Re: Create Your Own Country- Government Terms
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2011, 11:34:54 am »
great idea! i used it during my afterschool class

  • estherk29
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    • December 02, 2010, 06:19:39 pm
    • Daejeon, South Korea
Re: Create Your Own Country- Government Terms
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2011, 09:18:20 pm »
this sounds like a really fun idea! thanks a lot :)

  • CellarDoor
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    • February 22, 2011, 04:25:08 pm
    • Tennessee, USA or Korea
Re: Create Your Own Country- Government Terms
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2011, 01:04:28 am »
Has anyone used this lesson?  I see lots of "Thanks for the materials!" posts, but not a lot telling if this lesson went well, needed modification, gave students difficulty or whatnot.  Looks interesting, so I'm just trying to find out a little more about it.  Thanks!

  • shhowse
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    • August 25, 2009, 08:49:24 am
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Re: Create Your Own Country- Government Terms
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2011, 08:35:42 am »
I used a slightly modified version for my all girls class. Admittedly the first part of the class is a bit of a bore, since I wanted to teach them the vocabulary (monarchy, democracy...) for making their countries. Plus, I try to do it as an open class discussion, asking them leading questions so they will explain the concepts to me, but they almost never care to participate in this part, so it ends up being me lecturing to them. Then when we get to the team worksheet to actually create the country they do alright. Some of them could care less but other have a good time and come up with some interesting or really funny ideas. At the end I have the teams present their ideas to me, and I make sure they use full sentences to describe their country.

I'm still looking for ways to improve this lesson and get them more interested.

  • acekoom
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    • July 21, 2011, 07:46:49 am
    • osan, south korea
Re: Create Your Own Country- Government Terms
« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2011, 08:43:18 am »
thanks for all these ideas Im getting some neat things to use

  • jbaile
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    • August 03, 2011, 07:30:08 am
    • Ottawa
Re: Create Your Own Country- Government Terms
« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2011, 10:35:30 am »

So my take on this lesson is I'm doing it over two classes

First class I made a ppt to introduce terms, I also added natural and man made wonders. Then a fill in the blank worksheet. I used a mario bomb game for a treat at the end.

The second class I'll do a ppt review, and have them make a travel poster for their own country in groups. There will be a worksheet, what political systems do you use? what's your population? etc etc then I'll have them create their poster and present.

Here is the first ppt and worksheet, still working on the second but I'll upload it when I'm done. So far this is a really smooth lesson.

  • jbaile
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    • August 03, 2011, 07:30:08 am
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Re: Create Your Own Country- Government Terms
« Reply #10 on: November 24, 2011, 03:48:54 pm »
Loving part 2 of this lesson. Most kids are really into it. Had one kid i haven't heard all semester present his poster to the class -joy-. I found the more animated I was when giving instructions and the more I stressed this can be fun the better results I got.

Here's part 2

  • ross6520
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    • July 13, 2011, 03:00:10 am
    • Canada
Re: Create Your Own Country- Government Terms
« Reply #11 on: May 16, 2012, 08:08:53 am »
I've used this lesson for 1st and 2nd grade high school students. It's a perfect level for 2nd grade, but can be quite a challenge for the 1st grade. The first half of the lesson is boring, with me talking to them about the different vocabulary. Part of me tries to get through it quickly, but I'd advise against that because most of it is new vocab and they'll just end up lost. So, spend the time going through the boring stuff, provide funny examples, then emphasize that they should have fun with it :)

  • ihateroses
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    • July 21, 2011, 11:29:06 am
    • United States
Re: Create Your Own Country- Government Terms
« Reply #12 on: May 16, 2012, 05:15:23 pm »
AHH this has so much win!!!

I'm thinking of going all out and maybe making it a 3 week thing with my middle school students.

First week will be learning the vocabulary and that awesome bomb game (thanks jbaile).

Second week we will review all the vocab and begin planning out their new countries in groups. If there is time they will start their posters.

 Third week they will create the posters and I will hang them up in my classroom. I think I might give all my co-teachers ten stickers and they will rate the posters when the kids aren't around by putting stickers on the ones that include all the components and are most creative. Winning poster gets a prize.

Thank you Mandolyn and jbaile :)

  • Antony
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    • April 04, 2012, 07:33:34 am
    • HaeRyong Highschool
Re: Create Your Own Country- Government Terms
« Reply #13 on: May 31, 2012, 02:48:25 pm »
I used a similar lesson over the last couple of weeks.

In the first lesson, I had the students get into groups and create a poster about a country of their invention. I had a worksheet that had useful terms and topics to talk about. I also encouraged creativity and using fictional ideas to make things more fun. This went really well, since each group seemed to have one person who was good at art, an ideas person, and someone with good English skills. I had some really creative work come out of this. In their groups there was good sharing of language, students stayed on task, and I was able to spend time with individuals and groups that were struggling whilst everyone got on with their work.

The second week, I had the students present their country to the class. I had them prepare questions to ask the class at the end, to check understand and that they were paying attention. Most presentations were between 3 and 5 minutes, with the students excited to share their work with each other.

Overall, my students are quite high level and everyone produced at least a poster and a two minute speech amongst their group. But also had some really high quality work. I'm thinking of stretching this out to a third week, to include an individual writing task. This project finished off the previous couple of week's lessons that were about different cultures and other countries. These two weeks, I only had a couple of students sleeping (a massive drop) and motivation was up. Combining group and design work into the English really helps everyone get involved.

  • reramble
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    • August 23, 2012, 09:26:48 am
    • Gimhae
Re: Create Your Own Country- Government Terms
« Reply #14 on: April 22, 2013, 09:55:52 am »
I recently did this lesson with both my 1st and 2nd grade high school students. For some classes it worked really well! I was really surprised at the level of participation while yeah I had some who were a bit lost and bored.
I made 2 prezis. My 1st graders tend to be a bit higher level than my 2nd graders, so the first prezi was for them and the second for my 2nd graders. Overall I would say my students aren't at a very low level.

The lesson is split into 2 parts. The vocab was covered last week and the make your own country activity and bomb game will be done this week.

I also have a lotto/raffle reward system that probably played a LARGE part in making this a great lesson. Since the beginning of the semester when a student participates or at least tries in my class, I give them a ticket to write their name and student number on. Afterwards at the end of each class I collect these tickets. Every month I hold a raffle to pick out 3 winners. Winners get candy and BP (Blue point).

Anyway for this lesson I spaced out the raffle drawings, once in the beginning, once in the middle, and once at the end. This keeps students attention as they are trying to earn tickets throughout the entire lesson.

In the beginning I give them a chance to earn tickets by simply saying a country's name. This gives the less vocal students at least one ticket.
We go over each term. I have them read them together and I provide examples etc. I created two worksheets for my two grades. They are a basic matching and fill in the blank. You probably won't get to the fill in the blank section.

For the population portion of the lesson, I quickly review numbers 10 to 1 billion with students. Then I have two students provide guesses to what the population of Gimhae, Seoul, South Korea, New York City, and the United States. The student whose number is the closest  to the answer is the winner and gets a ticket.

For natural wonders and man-made wonders if a student raised their hand and guessed the location, they also received a ticket.

The rest is on prezi2 and prezi1.

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