Students create a large poster highlighting the life of one explorer. Each poster includes a biography, visual representation, map, timeline, and diary entry. In addition, students are required to complete an annotated bibliography to summarize what they learned from each source they used.
I use this in my classroom as an independent project that students complete over the course of the quarter. Because this is an at-home project, I also included a letter that I send home and ask parents to sign, acknowledging that they were informed about the project. Lastly, there is a rubric, which helps with objective grading.
I included both a word and pdf version so that you can edit the project as you need to.