This cross-curricular grade 6 writing project is integrated with the grade 6 science unit. In a 5/6 split class, I normally do this project in conjunction with the Grade 5 Social Studies Project on a biography of a prime-minister (found in my store).
This project is ready-to-print and use. In it, students learn what a biography is, they have a list of Canadian astronauts to choose from, they have guiding questions to help scaffold the expectations and to help guide their research. Rubric and checklist are included. They also learn how to write a bibliography.