World News Crossword for the week ending October 18th, 2015 is a crossword based on events in last week's world news. It's a simple PDF that can be downloaded and printed very quickly.
The puzzle can be used as an individual or small-group activity by middle and high school students. I think it works 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.
Copy some and have them in your bag for when you have to substitute for a sick colleague.
Let the kids chat about the clues and what they think about the news stories. The UK man who had his ears cut off so he would look more like his five pet parrots is worthy of discussion. The typhoon hitting the Asia Pacific region. The Russian man who was upset about the pedestrian touching his car and so threw him into a canal. Hungary closed its border with Croatia to stop migrants entering. The French weatherman who was told not to come to work because… well, I leave you and your students to find out why.
This week there's a bonus puzzle. It's made from the same news items but with the clues and answers rearranged. Use it later in the week or even next week to see what the kids remember.
Don't forget to come back next Sunday evening or Monday morning for next week's World News Crossword.