This is a short research project that I assign for my American History students to learn about Nixon and the Watergate scandal. This download is a one page doc that outlines the stipulations of the assignment. It also includes a rubric for easy grading. You could give this as homework, or pass it out for an in-class internet activity assignment.
The essay requirements are for a one-page typed paper about the scandal, who was involved, what happened, etc. For this particular assignment, the students will need to include 10 key words and phrases in their paper, and underline them. The words they need to include in their papers are things like "secret tapes," "congressional hearings," "resignation," "pardon," "I am not a crook," etc.