Since I teach at an aviation/aerospace-themed school, my incoming ninth graders read "Rocket Boys" by Homer Hickam the summer before school begins. This poster project is our opening activity. It has students learn to work in groups, conduct minor research, and create a poster. We then have a poster gallery session to view each other's work. This activity is easily adaptable to any book or subject--you just need to change the topics. By the way, the free PowerPoint in my "catalog" entitled "Teamwork" is what I used prior to introducing this project.