Students need more exposure to current events and written news, full length articles, not just twitter feeds! This Google NEWS form requires students to select three articles from Google News: a National news story, a story from a topic they want to Explore, and a World news story. Their best reading skills get practice as they find the main ideas and supporting details from each article. You also get a chance to talk to them about reliable sources. Once they have their notes from three articles, their writing skills get a work out as the students summarize one of the three articles and make a personal connection to it.
I use this in my high school class as a weekly assignment. It makes a great sub plan and can be used on paper or as a digital worksheet to be submitted through Google Classroom.