ESL News Scavenger Hunt
Part One: USA Today Online
This is the web site for the newspaper USA Today. Go to the above address and answer the following questions:
- What are the main headlines for today? What are these stories about?
- What are the sections for USA Today?
- Click on "News." With your partner, select one of the top stories. Read the story together. Then, discuss these questions: Who is it about? Where is it from? What happened? When did this happen? How? Why did this happen? What is your opinion on this event?
- Take a few minutes to explore the web site. You can answer polls, look at charts, and skim through some other stories.
Part Two: US Newspaper List
This is a site where you can find links to hundreds of newspapers across the United States. Go to the above address.
- Select a state from the list.
- Visit at least three newspapers from your state.
- What are the main stories? Write the headlines from your three newspapers. Take a couple of minutes to skim each story. What type of news does each story focus on? (For example, is it a business story, a local story, a science/technology story?) With your partner, discuss how the newspapers are different.
Part Three: CNN Interactive
This is a special CNN news site for students and instructors. Go to the above address.
- Click on "Story Archive" at the top of the page.
- Take a few minutes to see what types of stories you can read about here.
- With you partner, choose ONE of these stories.
- Do the "Vocabulary" exercise first.
- Read the Story Outline.
- Complete the exercises in "Word Selection," "Multiple Choice," "Sequencing," and "Conclusions."
- Now you can read the full length text.
- Finally, go to "Your Turn." Discuss the question with your partner. Then, see what other students said about this topic. Post your own response.
Part Four: In-Class Assignment
Send your teacher an e-mail. In your e-mail, tell the following:
- What was the main story you read at USA Today?
- What state did you choose at the US Newspaper List?
- What article did you read at CNN Interactive?
- What was one interesting thing you learned from today's lesson?
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