Everything you need to get started on a biography project is provided in this .zip file. There is a biography choice board with 16 different tasks for students to choose from. Additionally, there are 16 individual rubrics to go along with each choice board activity. Next, there is a graphic organizer to help students gather important information about the person they are studying (could be done independently or as a small group). Finally, 2 letters home to parents explaining the project are included as a PDF and DOC (to give you freedom to modify the wording).
I personally used this in my third grade classroom this year. I had four different guided reading groups that were each reading and studying 4 different people (Rosa Parks, Theodore Roosevelt, Walt Disney, and Benjamin Franklin). When I met with my guided reading groups, I got them started on the graphic organizer to help them practice gathering important information for their projects. They were then able to use that as a starting point for their different tasks.
I sent home the biography choice board with students after I had gone over each of the components. I asked that parents sign the paper to ensure that they knew about the assignment. Once I had the papers back, I made copies of them and included them in a file folder along with the rubrics that corresponded to the tasks they selected. These were turned in with the final project and made grading a breeze!