This assignment is to help prepare students for Romeo and Juliet, specifically helping them learn more about theater and Elizabethan England. There are three different topics that I randomly assign to students that they must research: The Globe Theater, Queen Elizabeth I and Elizabethan England. Each topic's directions sheet offers five elements that must be addressed within their research paper (their paper will be 1-2 pages). This makes this a guided research assignment, so it is excellent for the beginning of the year, or for when you first introduce research in class.
There are two directions sheets per topic: one that includes instructions for just a research paper, and another that includes instructions for a research paper and an oral presentation. This makes it easy for a teacher to decide whether or not they want his or her students to complete a PowerPoint or Google Slides presentation along with the paper.
Also included are two rubrics, one for students just completing a research paper, and another for students completing a research paper and an oral presentation.
Finally, there are also three anchor texts of the advanced level included: one for each topic (these also include their Works Cited/Bibliography pages).