A guided research report on early explorers (ie Columbus, Magellan, etc).
This packet includes a rubric (out of 100 points) and clear instructions for how to write the report and cite bibliographic sources.
I have included several due dates, so that students turn in each paragraph at a certain time. This prevents procrastination and lets me look at their work and make sure they are on the right track. It has worked really well for me.
Explorer Report by Heather Main is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License