Let's research something big in the Solar System. Tell us all about your thing you've researched. Buuuuuut, anybody can do research and present facts. This time, we're gonna do more. I want you to tell us what your planet (or thing) is LIKE. What would it look like, smell like, feel like, sound like, be like. This project will be in 2 parts:

ONE: Present the boring technical stuff in some organized way. The technical aspects of this project will be based on straightforward research and will be in the form of an outline of information.

(TWO: Tell us about your planet from the point of view of the life-form(s) on ________. The second facet of the project will be a story told by an inhabitant of ________, explaining what things would be like from their point of view. All parts of the story will have some basis in reality, thus the need for research.)

(Although this project is an attempt to tell us about your world from the perspective of your life form, whatever parts you have that are fictional must be based on the reality of the planet in some way.)

(One of the main goals is to make it clear how your people see the world and the universe. You should go into how the life forms look and live. Remember it MUST be realistic to the planet. Keep in mind the project will have two different parts: the technical part and the creative part.)

Suggested Questions to Answer:
(What is life like on your life form's planet?)
What is the weather like?
Statistics for your planet:
Distance from the sun? Earth?
Geography, biology, and psychology of the life forms?
(What is the life form's culture like? Relate this to facts pertaining to the planet. If you talk about religion it should be interesting/useful, and tied into the rest of the project... “We think the sun was once a hunter, because...” is an example.)
Written by Brianna Campbell

Leeson Defines Research

The goal of basic research is to gain knowledge and understanding of a topic and the concepts related to that topic. Research should be driven by curiosity, intuition, and the facts as they are uncovered. Whether or not one starts out trying to answer a specific question, research can lead to unexpected conclusions, apparent dead ends, and/or surprising practical applications.

Research IS NOT:
Copying and pasting from a web page is not research. Copying and pasting from several web pages is not research. When someone finds ONE source and paraphrases its information, this is not research.
Research IS:
Using several sources, gathering large amounts of information, sifting through that information to decide what is true and what is relevant, organizing the information onto a logical presentation, citing sources correctly -- that is research.


  1. Know your goal. Read the instructions.
  2. Be thorough. Research.
  3. Write well. Do your own writing and then have it proofread.
  4. Add links from your project to other students work as well as to your sources.
  5. Help other with their projects.
  6. Ask yourself, "Have I done what I set out to do?" If not, go back to #1.
  7. Know the material well enough to explain it to others.
  8. Turn project in on time.
  9. Get a good grade.

Questions Mr. Leeson is asking about each project as it progresses

  • Have you attached your username to your project on the list?
  • Have you attached your username to your project WITHIN the project?
  • Are you working systematically - bit-by-bit - to improve your project?
  • Did you just copy and paste your research?
  • If you just copied and pasted, did you come back and rewrite/reorganize?
  • Who wrote the words that are currently on your project?
  • Is your research organized?
  • Have you reworked your research SINCE the due date for the original research? (all I have to do is hit the "history" button to know when and how much you have altered the article.)
  • (Do you have a section for "Information that may not be pertinent to my story"? (example: Your planet may have been discovered by humans in 1846 but does that affect your life forms?))
  • Does your introduction give us a good idea of what you WILL be talking about in the body of the story?
  • Is your article complete?
  • Are your pictures appropriate/useful and captioned?
  • Have you edited the paragraph of at least 2 of your partners? (Hit the "History" button to find out whose been editing your project.)
  • (Have you begun to flesh out the story with 1) an outline, 2) a plot, or 3) the first paragraph(s) of the body?)
  • Do you know your topic?

Note the things I am NOT asking for

  • A specific amount of research data/information -- each project is different, so you should ask questions so that you and I have the same expectations.