This is a perfect beginning or end of the year project to do with your students!
You can provide students with a list of people to choose from or let them think of one on their own. In my classroom we created Google Documents for each required elements of the project. We also took it another step further and created a PowerPoint presentation. At the end of their researching they presented their project. You can have students dress up as the person they researched. What an awesome and interesting way to have students take ownership of their learning!
There are so many different interactive approaches to take with this project while also truly engaging students' interests.