Research assignment about Europe, but could be changed to fit almost anything! When I do this assignment students draw a topic out of a hat, that way I can be sure that each class is learning about the items that are included in our standards. Students then complete the research about a person or event in European history. The assignment is designed to give students some freedom in how they organize their research and writing. Once students have selected their topic I often give them a description of the standard(s) that relate to them and tell them to make sure each of these indicators are included in their writing.