Several years ago I adapted this project from one found on an Internet forum. (So, I do not claim it as my original idea.) It is a great project that the students actually find interesting. However, the best part of the project is the suprise element for the students. After the tombstones are turned in, and without telling the students, I work with the Media Center of the school to set up "graveyard" of the tombstones. Using the information that they place on the tombstones, I develop a worksheet of 20-25 questions. The students are given the worksheet and told that they will find the answers as the class goes to the Media Center. When they enter the Media Center, it is completely dark. Each student is given a flashlight, and told to find the answers on the worksheet by reading tombstones. There is always "spooky" music playing while students read tombstones and record their answers on the sheet. Therefore, not only do the students hear the information as they present their tombstones in class, the info is reinforced during their "graveyard search". Also included is a grading rubric for the assignment.