This powerpoint features a wide range of activities, mostly reading and speaking.
As news is, of course, different every day and in every country, you may need to swap out the pictures and stories for more relevant things but I tried to include a range of topics and tones for discussion.
Students must first discuss what is currently big in the news and what makes them important. The words on the first slide are good points for explaining why some things are bigger or smaller stories.
Next are some pictures to inspire students to describe current events in as much detail as possible.
The nine pictures on slide 6 are for students to create their own news stories and headlines. Practice narrative tenses and description.
After that, a couple of news stories can be handed out to students in pairs so they can read and relate the key points to their partner. Lots of likely new words also.
Finally, there are two general speaking tasks for helping students expand their descriptions and narrations. Firstly there is a description task where students must use the six points to fill in the circle as they speak. The final slide is a guessing game with describing objects using your senses and their effects.