If you have answered YES to at least one of the questions, why not try this different approach, then?
Instead of reading the news, you can try and watch mini-videos about them.
1. One wonderful website is Yahoo News. If you click here, you'll have access to lots of 30-second videos of the latest news. The clips are taken from different TV channels (ABC, BBC News, FOX, CBS, etc) and they are also classified into different categories and topics: Sports, Technology, Entertainment... You even have a section of Odd News!
2. Another very interesting resource is the Audio Slideshow Gallery at the Reuters site. You'll have access to "the pictures of the week", which are shown AND explained at the same time. The audio clip takes about 2 minutes and the photographs are amazing! Do give it a go.
Hope you enjoyed your weekend.
PS: some other day I'll give you links of newspapers where you can actually READ the news. Why not?
Here I am, on this grey Saturday, busy with your compositions. I'd like to share my thoughts with you... What am I feeling? What am I worried about? Let me put this briefly: I am thinking it would be a good idea if we came back to "the very beginning" and started looking at basic tips to improve our writing. Mmmm... Let's see.
A wonderful website to start with would be this one; but specifically, I'd recommend you to go straight to the Editing section, which is really helpful to revise (or to learn) essential basics on the Writing Skill.
So, my dear students... I think my weekend experience with your compositions might change our schedule for next week. We'll talk on Monday about it.
To start the year, I'd like to share with you this wonderful website I've just come across:
"TED Talks", where you have access to lots of videos on different subjects. They are rated under different categories (most emailed, funniest, most fascinating, unmissable...) and you can choose whatever calls your attention most.
What is TED?
"TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader.
The annual conference now brings together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes).
This site makes the best talks and performances from TED available to the public, for free. Almost 150 talks from our archive are now available, with more added each week. (...)Our mission: Spreading ideas."
See you in two days!