Hi! My name is Kate Bailey, and my store is called "Get EnglishEd." (Get it? :))
The following product is an assignment sheet and scoring guide for an American Author Study. This would work primarily for 11th grade American Literature students, but could be easily adapted to any grade level. Students get the choice of their own author to study and may choose to write an essay or create a poster presentation.
When I did this in the classroom, I gave my students three weeks to complete the project on their own time. We continued with other things in the classroom. This was totally on them - they had to bring me information they were collecting on certain days so that I knew they were on track, but I simply facilitated the project.