This is an excellent way to practice summarizing, varying sentences, editing and revising, using semi-colons, and incorporating transitional words and phrases. Current events is a great way to incorporate social studies in English as well as teach students the importance of being informed about local, national, and international news. This activity may be a one time assignment or weekly. Teachers may as students to write one summary or three (local, national, international). I have also included an editable version of the instructions teachers may choose to use as a handout.