This is a research assignment that students complete before reading the novel "Speak". Students pick a book from a list of banned books over the last 75 years. They research why the book was banned and present the information to the class. Attached to the assignment outline is a rubric which is marked out of 20 on communication and thinking skills.
I asked that students use google chrome as our school is involved in a pilot project with google docs, but you can easily modify this to power point expectations without google chrome.
I find it is great for the students to research banned books because "Speak" itself has been banned in the past.