o Bibliography (keep track of where you found your information) THE FIRST STEP…
The first thing that you need to do in order to complete a successful research project is the RESEARCH. The following headings and questions can help you organize your notes. It might help to write each topic on top of a sheet of paper so you can organize all of the relevant facts on each page as you find them.
*the topics below are only a guide. They may work with your person, but they may not, you might not be able to find some of the information, and that is okay.
QUOTE: Somewhere in your essay you must include a quote from the famous person and tell its significance.
· When was your person born?
· Where was your person born?
· Where did your person grow up?
· Did anything eventful occur during your person’s childhood?
· Did your person go to school?
· What type of home life did your person have?
· Who were your person’s parents?
· Did your person grow up with his/her parents?
· Did your person have any brothers or sisters?
· Are there any other family members that influenced your person?
· What type of relationship did your person have with his/her family?
· Was your person married? If yes, did the spouse play a major role in their life?
PROBLEMS / OBSTACLES
· What was the sensory disability that your person had? (deaf, mute, blind)?
· Was he/she born that way or was there an accident, illness, or something else?
· How did your person respond to these problems? How did the disability make life more difficult?
· How did his/her family respond? Was anyone else involved in these issues?
· Was society able to help in any way (special medical treatments, technological tools, special schools)? Were these tools/treatments hard for your person to learn to use?
· Did your person have any particular strengths or gifting?
· Did your person do anything that changed the course of history or influenced it in any way?
· Did your person win any awards?
· Did your person do anything great that other people talked about? For example, write a book? Win a sports competition?
· In what ways was the life remarkable, despicable, and admirable?
· What human qualities were most influential in shaping the way this person lived and influenced his or her times?
· Which quality or trait proved most troubling and difficult?
· Which quality or trait was most beneficial?
· Did this person make any major mistakes or bad decisions? If so, what were they?
· Many people act out of a "code" or a set of beliefs which dictate choices. It may be religion or politics or a personal philosophy. To what extent did your person act by a code or act independently of any set of beliefs? Were there times when the code was challenged and impossible to follow? Or, people act in such a way that goes against a set of beliefs- in what way did your person act that went against what we consider to be moral and just?
· What do you think it means to be a hero? Was your person a "hero?" Why? Why not? How is a hero different from a celebrity? Or was your person someone that history looks down upon. Why and do you think all people feel the same as you?