Summarizing is a very important skill that students need to master, especially with Common Core standards. This assignment has students read current events articles and summarize in 90-120 words. The word limit is there to making sure the students focus on just the main ideas of the article and can be modified to accommodate a wide range of students. Students will also fill out a country information sheet which will help to reinforce their geography skills. A copy of the current countries of the world is also attached in this document.
A great extension is to bring in an element of competition. Have classes compete to see who can read about more areas of the world.