This is a simple, great activity to help students work on the often difficult skill of summarizing their knowledge. It will work well as an introductory activity or as a review.
Students use the prewriting sheet to gather information about their assigned figure, and then create a tombstone to summarize the person's life.
This could work in a variety of grade levels and subject areas. It could be used to research a historical figure, scientist, musician, etc., or even a character in a novel!