Assignment 1: "Intro to Censorship": During class time, ask students to define censorship on a sheet of paper. Have them turn the papers in anonymously. Students should include questions they may have regarding censorship. I address those questions in the class. As a class, we come up with one, recurring definition of censorship then compare it to dictionary's definition.
Assignment 2: Have students find a newspaper or magazine article on censorship in popular music. Then, have them write a 2 page opinion paper on how and if censorship impacts their favorite music, political decisions, and freedom of speech.
Assignment 3: Have students find 5 songs that have been censored within the last 5-8 years. Have them analyze the reasons behind the censorship, the appropriateness of the censorship, and the effects of the music if left uncensored.