This project-assignment is perfect for any high school Socials or English classes, where students need to seek out, select, read, reflect, and present a news story that is important to them, sharing it with the class and leading a brief class discussion. In doing so, students take ownership over their own learning. I have also found this a great way for students develop civics by engaging in current events at a local, provincial/state, federal level, and even an international level.
This project also allows the rest of the class to interact with the presented topic, as they need to ask questions of the presenter and comment on the material discussed. This is student-lead, and once the teacher establishes clear presentation and discusssion expectations, the Current Events classes basically run themselves for the rest of the year.
Never underestimate how much students love sharing their ideas with each other! Often, when we start this activity in the second or third week, students are nervous and not wanting to present. Yet, every year that I have done this ongoing weekly activity, the students tell me at year's end that it was one of their favourite activities we did over the course of the year!
This is an ongoing activity / project, as each week, a new student presents his or her newspaper article. (Actually, I usually reserve one day a week and have three or four students present to the class.) In smaller classes, I still run this project all year long, but students present twice, for an opportunity to improve their skills.
Indeed, it is great to see the students so engaged in their learning while the presentations are going on. What I love most is, after you model the expect to see in their presentations by presenting an article or two yourself, the class basically manages itself. I sit at the back of the room, actively listening, and ask the occasional question, while the students have a lively discussion, deeply immersed in their own learning and becoming engaged citizens.
After I started doing this, I wondered why I hadn't done it years before. In every English and Social class I teach I do a Current Events Oral Presentation project.