A couple fun assignments I do are:
The Witch Test Presentations (certainly more of the old English way of discovering witches, but students have a fun time. We also watch the clip from Monty Python and the Holy Grail where they put the witch on trial Burn the Witch!
) Students have brought in all sorts of creative props with their presentations. One group made a documentary at the rec center for the witch dunking trial.
"The Monsters are Due on Maple Street" The Twilight Zone
(one of the easiest TZ to find online, it's segmented on youtube if you need it right away The Monsters are Due on Maple Street
) It deals with the three themes that I explore with the students: intolerance, hysteria, and reputation. Because it was done around the same time as the McCarthyism hysteria, we talk about that connection as well.
Hope this helps some.