I told the students they had to discuss an event which happened this year and make a presentation. They could present it however they wanted, either a poster or a PPT or a prezi. In addition they could also make a video of themselves as news readers telling me about an event this year.
While my weaker students decided to talk about a school event, such as sports day, or moving to London, I was surprised to see my stronger students asking if they could report on a news headline from the past 12 months. Naturally I was very excited to see how they were prepared to take on an extra challenge. I worked closely with these students using a useful little tool called The Day. This is an online website of articles for school students. While the articles are written for native speakers, I was able to scaffold some comprehension activities for these students and set some additional reading for homework. All the articles can be found at www.theday.co.uk
I scaffolded the activity with the following information for students to include; which provided a structure to their presentations:
- When and where did the event take place?
- Is there any background information that you will need to explain the event?
- What happened, exactly?
- Why was it memorable?
- How did you feel about it at the time?
- How do you feel about it now?
Overall the students enjoyed the project and really had a good chance to show off all of their skills.