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If you're off campus, you'll need to log in using your McCallie username and password. Email Mrs. Wadley if you have any questions.

Flags of the World


You will research your region's geography, history, culture, government, and economy, as well as a particular country in your region.

Source requirements: 

A minimum of 5 resources. Only 1 outside source (internet) will be allowed. Your internet source must be proven reliable (R39). All sources must be annotated. Every annotated source over the minimum (5), included in the presentation, will be rewarded with 5 bonus points. You must have one culture relevant photo in the presentation. You must have one primary source as part of the five required sources.

What is a primary source?

A primary source is original data or evidence that answers your historical questions, as opposed to another scholar’s interpretation of that same data. Typical primary sources are documents produced by witnesses to an event. Here are some examples:

  • Autobiography, memoir, diary
  • Photograph, Artwork
  • Interview, Lecture
  • Original research

When defining primary sources, it can be helpful to distinguish the content of a work from its physical format.  An original handwritten letter from the 1700s is obviously a primary source, but if the same letter is reproduced this year in a printed collection of historical documents or an electronic database, it is still a primary source.