Here is a fun research project I sometimes give my students. This is especially helpful if they haven't done a lot of research because they tend to like these topics. They have to choose any European pop cultural icon that we have adopted in America and research background information as well as explain its influence on American culture.
I have included an outline to help students organize their paper. This outline is set up to help them keep track of their sources as well, which make the in-text citation process a little easier. There is also a packet for students to use to take notes on classmates' presentations.