Planning a Research Project on a Person
Unlock this video in just a few steps, and benefit from all sofatutor content
Videos for all grades and subjects that explain school material in a short and concise way.
Boost your confidence in class by studying before tests and mock tests with our fun exercises.
Learn on the go with worksheets to print out – combined with the accompanying videos, these worksheets create a complete learning unit.
24-hour help provided by teachers who are always there to assist when you need it.
Basics on the topic Planning a Research Project on a Person
Learn how to plan a research project on a person in this video!
Transcript Planning a Research Project on a Person
Jane and Ernie need to research someone special for a new article. "What about the artist, Tom Yendell?" "That won't paint a clear enough picture for our readers!" "How about the astronaut, Yi So-yeon?" "I don't think we have enough space to cover her!" "hmm, Isaac Newton?" "Oh, that's a gravity-defying idea!" Let's join Ernie and Jane as they begin planning a research project on a person. You might already know about researching, when you investigate and discover specific information about a person. You can conduct your research using print media, such as books, articles, and magazines, or digital media, such as videos, websites, and online articles. Many people write about the same topic with different points of view on the internet, so check all reliable sources for accurate information. Researching about a person's life can be difficult, that's where a graphic organizer like this can help. Each box helps us to answer questions about the person and their life. I wonder what Jane and Ernie will write down first? They begin by writing 'Issac Newton', the person they are researching, at the top. For the 'date of birth' and 'date of death' boxes, you can usually find this in biographies on the person, or by finding the information on reliable websites on the internet. Jane and Ernie note that Isaac Newton was born on January forth, sixteen forty-three and died March thirty-first, seventeen twenty-seven. To save time, keep your notes short since you aren't writing just yet! Next, we have the 'famous for' box, which is where we research what this person became famous or is known for. Again, this can be found in biographies, or by searching 'what is Isaac Newton famous for?' on the internet, and using a reliable website for the information. Jane and Ernie wrote 'important contributions to math and science' and 'discovery of gravity'. Next up are fun facts. In this section, we would need to read and research to find things that others might find interesting about the person. You should try to find at least two fun facts from either books, or again by finding trustworthy websites online. For Isaac Newton, Jane and Ernie wrote 'professor at Cambridge University' and 'an apple never fell on him'! Finally, we have personality traits. This is where you might need to make inferences about this person based on research you conduct. The more you research and read about a person, the more you can get an idea about their personality. After lots of reading and researching Isaac Newton on the internet, Jane and Ernie wrote that he was a 'curious and brilliant thinker' and was a 'very experimental person'. You can always add more topics of interest to your research project, such as family life, famous quotes, and achievements. The information you gather in your organizer can help you to write a report or give a presentation on the person you chose! Before we review, think of one person you would love to research, and why. Share in the comments below! Remember, when conducting research you can use print media, and digital media. You can use an organizer to help plan and take notes about when they were born and when they died, what they were famous for, some fun facts, and their personality traits, and any other areas of their life you may wish to research. "Hmm, I wonder." "It looks like gravity is working against you, Ernie!"
Planning a Research Project on a Person exercise
What is research?Hints
Researching a person involves looking into the life of those you want to learn about.
It is good to organize your findings before you write or share your findings.Solution
Research is where you investigate a person to learn more about them.
You can use print media and digital media to conduct your research.
It can be difficult, so it’s important to use a graphic organizer to help you plan!
When you have finished, you can present your research to other people.
Organize the types of media.Hints
Print media is physical media that you would most likely hold to read.
Digital media is usually media that you would need to use the internet to access.
Books are an example of print media.
Videos are an example of digital media.Solution
The correct answers are:
- online articles
Review the graphic organizer.Hints
Find the date of birth on the graphic organizer.Solution
Isaac Newton's date of birth was January 4th, 1643.
Understanding the graphic organizer.Hints
Make sure you are looking in the correct box on the graphic organizer.
To find the answer, locate the famous for box and review what Ernie and Jane wrote.Solution
Isaac Newton was famous for discovering gravity.
Complete the graphic organizer.Hints
Tom Yendell is famous for his paintings.
Tom Yendell was born in March.
Tom Yendell does nice things for other people.Solution
Name: Tom Yandell
Date of Birth: March 1962
Date of Death: N/A (still living)
Famous for: Mouth and foot paintings
Fun Facts: Named man of the year in 1988
Personality Traits: Compassionate, creative, kind
Complete the graphic organizer.Hints
N/A means not applicable. In this situation, it means it is not available since the person is still alive.
Personality traits are the characteristics of a person.
Yi So-yeon is the first person in her country to fly into space.Solution
Name: Yi So-Yeon
Date of Birth: June 2nd, 1978
Date of Date: N/A (still living)
Famous For: Being an astronaut
Fun Facts: Korea's first astronaut, selected out of 36,000
Personality traits: Determined, grateful