From Electric English...
This is a template for short sustained research that you can assign the students to do at home and then apply to whatever else you are working on in class :) It helps; trust me :) Plus, the students love any excuse to work and play on-line.... This particular activity is focused on the life and accomplishments of Emily Dickinson.
NOTE: There is an additional element to this particular assignment... The dates which the students have to research are already listed in the left-hand column. It adds a layer of complexity that is not there with just a blank template. There are a couple of additional questions at the bottom of the page, as well, asking the students to make some inferential leaps about them material they have researched.