In groups of four, students divvy up four articles (one per group member), each offering perspectives on mankind's preoccupation with apocalyptic scenarios. Students individually suggest conclusions derived from their separate articles as well as their own opinions.
Afterwards, students share their findings with those in their groups and begin a dialogue, asking: where does this fascination [with the apocalypse] come from? What needs or desires does it fulfill? And in what ways is it a product of our modern times?
Students work together to write a statement that touches on themes explored in everyone's separate articles, as well as insights gained from their discussion.
Note: This activity works best when pasted onto a Google Doc, wherein students can easily access the links and collaborate on a shared document, reading each other's thoughts as well as synthesizing the group's conclusions.