Name of your students (especially your middle schoolers) who hasn't heard of One Direction. I bet you a million dollars that you can't.
This project is a great way to incorporate the pop culture sensation with a getting to know you icebreaker.
Students create a short project that tells the story of their life, basically a mini-biography. Students can create the project in a format of their choosing as long as they include the required elements of the project. (This helps me see right from the start which formats students are drawn to, proficient in, and which may take "the lazy way out.")
As a social studies teacher, I include a blurb about how history is made up of stories. This can easily be omitted. The project, designed for middle school, is easily adaptable to lower and higher grade, as well as with required elements of the student's lives you want to include.