This unit is called Guerrilla Research because I give the students ONE class period to do their research. We descend upon the library or student lap-tops, do what we need to do, and get out! I have them work in groups of 3-5. This project can be modified for just about any subject. I use historical figures/references when discussing Animal Farm and Greek gods and goddesses in Mythology. Below is a sample from a poetry unit.
It's a very short process, usually taking only three days (total!) with freshmen and two days (90 min. block) with older kids. It incorporates basic research skills, citing sources, organization, paraphrasing, and presentations. I adjust the rubric accordingly, depending on the age of the group. I also quiz the class over the information from the speeches, bringing in the more "listening" based standards. I've required the group to write their own quizzes to be given to the class, after their presentation, in the past as well. You can require a written copy of the speech too, pulling in the writing standard.
It is geared for younger high school grades (9-10) because it’s used to reinforce basic research and speaking skills. It’s very malleable however, so can address many benchmarks under all three standards. It can even be adapted for use as an interdisciplinary unit. Below are some resources. Modify!