Three crosswords, each based on last week's world news events. They're graded: easy, medium, challenging. Like Goldilocks' porridge - one of the three puzzles will be 'just right' for your students. The PDF document can be downloaded and printed very quickly.
The puzzles can be used as an individual or small-group activity by middle and high school students. I think they work best when 2-4 students work together, competing against other groups (because kids can't help being competitive). Apple and Samsung are spending bazillions of dollars convincing the kids to use smartphones and so I suggest teachers embrace that, and let the students use their phones to explore last week's news events.
Let the kids chat about the clues and what they think about the news stories. The US Navy found the sunken El Faro. The Rugby World Cup (what's rugby?). The Russian airliner that crashed in northern Sinai. The chemistry teacher who got the demonstration a little wrong and the teenager who contracted bubonic plague. China's one-child policy and the UK's policy on internet snooping - both scrapped. Yes, some interesting things happened in our world last week.
Copy some of the puzzles and have them in your bag for when you have to substitute for a sick colleague.
Come back next Sunday evening for next week's World News Crosswords.