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Middle School: Seventh Grade Social Studies: World Religions: Assignment Details

World Religions Assignment Details

Social Studies 7

World Religions Inquiry Project


  • An inquiry project emanates from a question, problem or exploration that has meaning to YOU! 

  • An inquiry project originates with an issue, problem, question, exploration, or topic that provides YOU opportunities to create or produce something that contributes to the world’s knowledge.

  • An inquiry project requires you to take on a variety of roles or perspectives.



For this assignment, you will ask a question about a world religion.  Next, you will research the world religion and find an answer to your question.  Finally, you will create a podcast, screencast, whiteboard video, or stop motion video to share the results of your research.


Step #1: Brainstorm Questions

  1. Brainstorm at least 3 questions you’d potentially like to research that connect to world religions.

    1. Example questions:

      1. What is the pilgrimage to Mecca like?

      2. What foods are important in Judaism?  Why are these foods important, and what do they represent?

      3. What is it like to be a Buddhist in America?

      4. How has Christianitiy influenced architecture around the world?  What makes a piece of architecture “Christian”?

  2. Present your potential questions to your classmates.  Get feedback about your potential topics.

  3. Do a bit of initial research.  Is it easy or difficult to find the answers to your question?


Step #2: Choose Your Topic

  1. Choose a topic based on your own personal interests.  Remember that this will be your topic for the entire project, so choose wisely.

  2. Remember that Ms. Moury must sign off on your final project choice!  


Step #3: Research

  1. Begin by reviewing your notes on the world religion you’ve chosen to research.

  2. Next, use the Crile Library resources provided by Ms. Rosebrock-Hayes to answer your question.

  3. In addition, you may:

    1. Interview a religious leader from the religion you’re researching.

    2. Interview a member of the religion you’re researching.

    3. Visit (virtually or in person) a place of worship from the religion you’re researching.

  4. Compile a Works Cited page listing the resources you’ve consulted.


Step #4: Plan Your Podcast/Screencast

  1. First, complete the podcast organization document on Google Classroom.

  2. Next, organize what you’ve learned into an outline.  You must turn your outline into Ms. Moury at the end of the project.

  3. Next, determine which presentation option would best fit your project.


Step #5: Create Your Podcast/Screencast

  1. Finally, put it all together and create your presentation!  Make sure you’re reviewing the expectations in the rubric as you create your project.

Project Presentation Options



Whiteboard Video

*This is a challenging and time-intensive option!*

Stop Motion Video

*This is a challenging and time-intensive option!*

A podcast is an auditory method of sharing information.  There are no visuals in a podcast!


Podcasts vary greatly — but most include a host and can include sounds from interviews, audio from events, audio from movies or TV, and sounds from the world around them.


There isn’t one right way to tell a story. Some podcasts use narration from a host or a reporter, others feature a conversation between a group, others might be a one-on-one interview between two people. The structure of a podcast fits its content.


Check out this example!

Screencasting is a digital recording, also known as video screen capture, that also includes audio. According to Kathy Schrock, “Screencasting is the capture of all of the action on a computer screen while you are narrating.”


To create your screencast, complete the following steps:

1.Write down what you want to communicate with your video.

2. Create a design sheet or a storyboard (depending on depth of the video) to plan what is needed to create the video and how it will all flow together.

3. Write an audio script to guide viewers through the information.

4.Record the visual & auditory portion of the screencast using a tool like Screencastify.


Here’s a screencast tutorial.

A whiteboard video is another type of digital recording; however, instead of capturing what’s on your computer screen, you capture an informational drawing.  Later on, you  audio narrative.


Set up something with a camera so it won't move (on a tripod or otherwise). Aim it at a whiteboard or chalkboard. Record and start drawing. Use video editing tools to speed it up to four times its normal speed and add a voiceover (and music?).


Here’s a guide to creating these sorts of videos.


A stop motion animation is yet another type of digital recording - in stop motion animation, you take inanimate objects and move them around to tell a story/share information.


Here’s a tutorial on Stop Motion Animation.


Stop Motion Animation is an excellent way to begin to explore the world of movie making. There are several stop motion animation apps and programs that help you begin your journey. Stop motion animation can be very simple to extremely complex. You may recognize stop motion animation from movies such as The Nightmare Before Christmas, Wallace and Grommit and Coraline.



Inquiry Project Timeline






5 C

6 D

7 E

Introduce Inquiry Project (Lake)

8 F

Introduce Inquiry Project (Loft)

9 G

Step 1 Due

12 A

Project Choice Due

13 B

14 X

No School

15 C

16 D

Outline Due

19 E

20 F

21 G

22 A

23 B

Entire Inquiry Project Due Monday 10/26


Inquiry Project Rubric







Information is presented in a logical, interesting sequence the audience can follow.

Student presents information in a logical sequence which the audience can follow.

Audience has difficulty following presentation because student jumps around.

Audience cannot understand presentation because there is no sequence of information.

Content Knowledge

Student demonstrates full knowledge with explanations & elaboration.

Student is at ease with the content, but fails to elaborate.

Student is uncomfortable with information and is able to answer only rudimentary questions.

Student does not have grasp of information; student cannot answer questions about subject.


Student used visuals/sound to reinforce information in presentation.

Visuals/sound are related to the text and presentation.

Student occasionally used visuals/sound that rarely supported text and presentation.

Student used no/poor visuals/sound.


Presentation/outline has no misspellings or grammatical errors.

Presentation/outline has no more than two misspellings and/or grammatical errors.

Presentation/outline had three misspellings and/or grammatical errors.

Student’s presentation/outline had four or more spelling and/or grammatical errors.


Student used a clear voice and correct, precise pronunciation of terms.

Student’s voice is clear.  Student pronounces most words correctly.

Student incorrectly pronounces terms.  Student is difficult to hear/understand.

Student mumbles, incorrectly pronounces terms, and is difficult to hear/understand.


Student used at least two resources that were correctly cited on the Works Cited page.

Student used two resources, there were some minor errors in citation on the Works Cited page.

Student only used one resource.  There were moderate errors in citation on the Works Cited page.

Research was poorly done/incomplete.  There is no Works Cited page.


Planning Your Podcast/Screencast

  1. Give your podcast/screencast a name.

  2. Write a summary of your podcast/screencast.  Imagine that you’re describing it to a stranger.

  3. What should your listeners/viewers be thinking about after watching/listening to your podcast/screencast?

  4. What will the format of your podcast/screencast be?  Is it an interview?  Is it 



  1. Your introduction

  2. A summary of the episode

  3. Guest introductions (if there are guests)

  4. Transition to main content

  5. Main content - the segments themselves

  6. A conclusion/sign off (outlining what the next episode will be about)


Works Cited

  • A works cited list is a list of the resources you’ve used to create your podcast/screencast.

  • Arrange entries in alphabetical order by the first term in each entry (the first author's last name or the title of the work when there is no author).

  • Try using this citation maker.


Music & Sound - AKA, Extra fun stuff you can add!

**This is your LAST priority - it adds to the overall quality of your screencast/podcast, but it is NOT as important as the other elements on the rubric**

  • Intros and outros: theme music or jingle

  • To reinforce dramatic or comedic moments

  • To help establish a sense of place in a story

  • To segue between segments or introduce a guest

  • As a key talking point in your show

  • As background filler