This product is perfect for any Socials class, especially ELL/ESL, where students select and present a news story that is important to them and share it with the class. In doing so, students take ownership over their own learning. I have also found this a great way for students to engage in current events at a local, provincial/state, federal level, and even an international level.
This activity also allows the rest of the class to interact with the topic, as well, as they get to ask questions of the presenter. Students love sharing their ideas with each other. Often, when we start this activity in the second or third week of the year, 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 this was one of their favourite things we did all year!
This is an ongoing activity/project, as each week, a new student presents his/her newspaper article. (Actually, I usually reserve one day a week and have three or four students present to the class.)
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 asking the occasional question, while the students have a lively discussion, deeply immersed in their own learning and becoming engaged citizens.
While students report back to me that it is their favourite activity, I must confess, it is mine as well. Some of the most enjoyable times I have teaching these classes are during our Current Events Presentations.
Finally, I have found this activity works very well for my ELL Socials and English classes. In my non-ELL classes, I use the same activity, but adapt it up.