Current Events: Skiing on Mars

Hello everyone! I hope you had a lovely spring break (if you get one)! I was hoping to come back to sunshine and warm weather after spring break, but so far it’s just been rain and snow. Oh well! This week’s current events lesson plan is centered on snow/weather, so I hope you enjoy!

This week’s article is very short, and has a limited vocabulary. It is best for an elementary or low-intermediate ESL reading class. Like most of my lessons, this is prepared specifically for a college-level ESL reading class in the US, but it can easily be adapted to many other situations! It’s free to download – just click on the link below to download the lesson from Gumroad. Enjoy, and feel free to leave a comment if you use this lesson in class!


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Current Events: Mail by Mule

Have you ever wondered how mail is delivered to people who live in remote or inaccessible locations? Check out this article about mail, mules, and the Grand Canyon to find out more!

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This lesson plan is specifically written for a college level, intermediate reading class, but can be adapted for many other uses!


This isn’t actually a current article…it dates from 2016, but Smithsonian Museums posted the article on their Twitter today, and I loved the content! I think this is a fun read, and I learned something new about how mail is delivered in the US!

Current Events: Active Volcano in the Philippines

There is currently an active volcano in the Philippines that might possibly erupt. What are people doing to stay safe? What are the dangers of living near a volcano? Read through this article and worksheet to learn more about this situation.

Edit: I wrote this article yesterday, when the volcano was threatening to erupt, but it looks like it has erupted after all. Check out an update here from NPR.


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Current Events: False Ballistic Missile Warning Shakes Hawaii

This past week, all people living in Hawaii were sent a notification on their phone and through the news. This notification said that there was an incoming missile, and that all Hawaiians should look for shelter. There was actually no missile, so why was this notification sent? How did the people of Hawaii react? Read through this lesson plan and article to learn more about this event!

This lesson is best suited for a college-level intermediate ESL reading class. Depending on your class, this lesson runs about 30 minutes.


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Current Events: Oprah for President 2020?

After receiving a prestigious award at the Golden Globes on Sunday night, many Americans are calling for Oprah to run for president in 2020. Is this a good idea, or not?

This lesson features an article from CNN edited for ESL learners, with some pre-reading questions, vocabulary preview, an active reading activity, vocabulary follow-up, post-reading questions, and a long answer question.

This lesson is best suited for a college-level intermediate ESL reading class. Depending on your class, this lesson runs about 30 minutes.

The lesson is free, so when you click the link, just make sure to type ‘0’ in the price box.


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Current Events: Social Media Use Leads to Social Isolation

Hey all! Here’s my current events lesson plan for this week! It’s based off of this article from NPR, and I thought it was an incredibly interesting and thought-provoking topic. I know that my students are constantly on social media (even when we’re in class…grrr), so this is a worthwhile topic for students to contemplate. This lesson is best suited for intermediate or advanced students – it’s not a long article, but some of the vocabulary is difficult (even after editing it for readability).

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Current Events: The Burning Problem of China’s Garbage

Hey all! It’s been kind of a slow news week (well, not really, but I haven’t been able to find a news event that ESL students might be able to understand and relate to without a ton of background knowledge on US politics), so here’s another one-off story from NPR. I’ve adapted the original article for vocabulary and readability. The story is interesting, and I’ve found that many students enjoy talking about the environment.

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Current Events: The Wings on the Bus

Today’s current events is a little different – instead of doing a normal round-up of related news stories, I chose one news story from NPR and based a short lesson plan on it. I will do another current events link round-up later in the week. I thought this little article was too cool to pass up, though!


This article from NPR is a charming story of how students from a small island in Lake Erie get to school every day on an airplane. I think students will find this article entertaining, and it is very easy to read. Because of this, the lesson plan is designed for low-intermediate, or even high-beginner readers. There are several pre-reading discussion questions, an active reading activity, a very simple vocabulary matching exercise, true or false questions, and a short research/extension activity.

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Happy Monday!