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LG4 Project
World Wide Perspective

LG4 Final Project
World Wide Perspective


LEARNING GOAL: The Basics of CSS

Students will be able to construct multi-page websites using Internal Links and External CSS.


OVERVIEW:

During the last project, you built a bunch of Home Pages for a country of your choosing. This time around, you will still be doing something that relates to the world, but instead of a country, you will be building a complete 5-6 page website about the natural foods and unique recipes of a specific country.

Your challenge in this project will be to work with your team to find a country that has a very diverse range of naturally grown foods and unique recipes that have helped to make that country popular, then imagine a website that helps to teach and inform readers about these various foods and recipes. You will even sketch a few wireframes that could be used as a layout. But of course, that’s just the warm-up. Once you have a country and a wireframe, you have to get busy actually designing your website.

Remember that during these last few lessons on CSS, SEO, and a little bit of JavaScript, you learned how to work with Notepad++, how to adjust the text and font of a web page, how to choose appropriate color palettes (monochromatic and complementary), and how to set up a box model with padding, borders, and margins. If you were here every day during Learning Goal #3, you also created between 6-8 different demos that could always be used as a starting point. In other words, every student can be successful on this project if everyone uses the resources they have been given.


DAILY SCHEDULE (85 MINUTES):


FINDING A NATION WITH NATURAL FOODS AND UNIQUE RECIPES

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According to Nations Online, there are 195 independent nations/countries around the world. But each country has its own natural foods and unique recipes. Unlike the last project where you simply chose a nation without having to say why, you will now have to work with your team to choose a nation and then share a specific reason why you believe you can build an entire website about that country and its food/recipes.

Here is a US State Department List of Countries.

Take the next 10 minutes to come up with three possible nations that would offer you enough information to create an entire website about the country’s food and recipes. This will take more time than your last team decision because you’ll have to do a bit more research and investigation about various countries and their foods/recipes. So. Use this time wisely. Remember that this is not about any other group or any other students aside from you and your team.


SCHEDULE AND DEADLINES

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deadlineMonday, May 4 (45 Minutes)

Introduction & Planning

Monday, May 7 – Tuesday, May 8 (85 Minutes minus 8th Grade Algebra/Geometry EOC test-takers)

Full Design Workday

Wednesday, May 9 – Thursday, May 10 (85 Minutes minus 8th Grade Math FSA test-takers)

Full Design Workday

Friday, May 11 (45 Minutes)

Full Design Workday

Monday, May 14 (45 Minutes)

Full Design Workday

Tuesday, May 15 – Wednesday, May 16 (85 Minutes)

Full Design Workday

Thursday, May 17 – Friday, May 18 (85 Minutes)

Full Design Workday

Monday, May 21 – Tuesday, May 22 (85 Minutes)

Final Grading Day


RUBRIC AND EXPECTATIONS

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rubricKnowing how to get an A is just as important as proving what you can design. Review the Project Grading Rubric in order to understand how you will be graded.

EXPECTATION #1: You may not help another team with their designs until you and your partners (a complete design team) have finished all of your own websites. If you help another team early, then two problems will occur. First, you will lose time working on your own designs. And second, you will make someone else feel like they can always use you as an excuse for not figuring things out on their own.

EXPECTATION #2: If you are absent on one of the project days without a written explanation (doctor’s note, field trip, testing, etc), you will lose at least 10 percentage points on the final grade. And for every day that you are gone, you will continue to lose 10 percentage points. Any student who has to work on their own without their partner will gain an extra 10 percentage points for having to do extra work.

EXPECTATION #3: Be sure that at least ONE OF YOU are here on the day of grading or BOTH students will receive a zero.

During Finals Week, the teacher will come around from group to group and use the grading rubric to provide students with feedback and a grade on their project. Those students who had an absent partner for one of the design days will be graded last. This allows those groups a few minutes of extra time to work.


RESOURCES AND CODES

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resourcesYou have already done one project in this class, which means you should be a little more prepared for this project than you were for the first one. However, it can still be easy to get overwhelmed. Remember that you have everything you could possibly need to be successful. Here is a list of things you can use.

1. Any of the demos that you made from Lessons 3.1-3.7

2. Any of the templates that you used from Learning Goal #2

3. Any of the Try It Editors from W3Schools

4. CoolText Logo Maker (for making a leader’s logo)

5. The Code Validator under the Resources Tab

6. Anything else you believe might be useful

When it comes to the design, please feel free to use ANY of the resources above. You do not HAVE to build your websites from scratch in order to do well on the project. You simply need to make them look as good as you possibly can.


STEPS FOR GETTING STARTED

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exchangingphonenumbersSo you and your partner now have chosen a country, you know all the deadlines, you know what’s required to earn an A, you know the rules, and you even know all the resources. But you’re still a little bit stumped. Where do you start? Here is a simple step-by-step suggestion for getting started.

Step 1: Set Up Folders – Go into your projects folder and create a new folder called “finalproject” and then any images you need or pages you build for your project can just stay in that folder.

Step 2: Exchange Contact Info – This is a team-based project, so knowing how to communicate with each other is crucial. Now is a great time to exchange phone numbers and email addresses. You can also create a Share Folder on Google Docs.

Step 3: Research the Unique Foods/Recipes of your Nation – With your team, research everything you can about the natural foods and unique recipes of your country. This will help you to determine what overall colors will be best for your design.

Step 4: Create a Wireframe – During Lesson 3.5, we drew wireframe sketches for a possible design. Your grade on this project depends on you doing the exact same thing before you start designing. In other words, you can’t just start coding until you have some idea of what you want to build.

Step 5: If Necessary, Decide on a Demo – Based on everything you know up to this point,  you should be able to connect 5-6 simple HTML pages with some internal links and then style those pages with a separate CSS document. This is the best way to work from your wireframe. However, some of you may feel more comfortable starting from a DEMO and then changing it around to match what you want.

Step 6: Design Your Website– Every member of your group must design a complete 5-6 page website. So once you have all the early work done, don’t lose any time. And if you get that first site done, make sure everyone on your team has one. Once everyone on your team has a site, start another one. Don’t stop until the whistle blows, which basically means don’t stop until the day of grading.

Step 7: Check the Rubric – Make sure you’ve done everything necessary to earn the best possible grade.


RESET WORKSTATIONS (2 Minutes)

 

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