About once a quarter I have student research news sites to find out what is going on in the world. Since I teach Spanish I stick to events in Hispanic countries, but this assignment could just as easily be used for Social Studies. Basically, this sheet asks them to summarize the an event, give me a specific date and source and answer a few questions. When time permits we read them aloud. It's quite an eye opener for many students and opens up the class to many discussions. I really enjoy it!