This five-page packet has everything needed to guide students through a research project on a specific American writer. The project is designed to be mostly self-paced and student-centered, but these handouts will help to keep things organized. The packet includes: 1. The overall assignment sheet, 2. A list of over 150 prominent American writers, 3. An Intial Information sheet to make sure that the students can find enough material on their writers to create a research paper, and 4. a grading rubric for the finished product.