Dear Amy: I have to write a research paper on a historical figure for my semester project. How do I choose a topic, and where do I go for research? — Tammie H., Bolivar, Missouri
Dear Tammie: Because you get to choose the person you are writing about, you have an opportunity to research someone whose interests you share. For instance, if you enjoy learning about technology and inventions, you might study a famous entrepreneur who created some of the tech tools you use.
Here are a few suggestions to get you started. Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone. Thomas Edison invented the light bulb. They also both invented and applied for patents for many other creations.
If you like art, you might choose someone like Leonardo da Vinci, an artist who used his incredible talent to explore many areas. Besides painting the world-famous “Mona Lisa” and “The Last Supper,” he also had many ideas for things he wanted to build. You might find his sketches for flying machines and scuba gear fascinating, and similar to what we use today.
Ducksters – Biography for Kids, ducksters.com/biography, has a great list to help you get started.
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