Take a look at the ACM Queue publication. Under the "Browse Topics" section on the left, identify and follow the "Databases" link. This will take you to a page with a number of papers (about 19 of them) on database topics.
Read and report on the paper whose title's first word (other than "A" or "The") begins with the letter closest to the first letter of your last name (in case of a tie, choose either article).
Do not worry about understanding any deep technical issues. Describe the article as you would to someone who has not read it. Give the title and author, of course. What is the paper about? What comments are made about the past, present or future of the database field? A re there any controversial claims made? Did they convince you? The length of this report should be about 1.5 double-spaced pages (and not more than 2).
Make sure your assignment is typed, and hand in a hard copy at the beginning of the class on the due date for this assignment.