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Spot on news lessons for teens

Based on articles from Spot on, a magazine written especially for teenagers studying English, this series includes worksheets and activities edited to three levels: elementary, intermediate and advanced.

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This series of lesson plans is aimed specifically at teens. One lesson plan, New Zealand: Air, Land and Sea, is free for all users, and the rest are for Staff Room members.

Each worksheet is available at three levels and follows an established format:

  1. Lead-in activities to introduce the topic and present the key vocabulary.
  2. A reading text taken from Spot On magazine, edited to different lengths for the three levels.
  3. Follow-on activities.

The lessons include Webquests which can be completed in class or as homework.

Inside Spot On news lessons for teens

  • Spot on news lessons for teens: New Zealand: Air, Land and Sea

    Author: Karen Richardson (activities), Doris Evans and Anthony Doesburg (text) Type: News lesson

    This Spot on news lesson is about New Zealand: a country of fantastic scenery and extreme sports.

  • Spot on news lessons for teens: Fair for all

    Author: Karen Richardson (activities), Ann Foulds (text) Type: News lesson Staff Room

    This news lesson is about the benefits of the Fairtrade system, which helps farmers and artisans to get paid fairly.

  • Spot on news lessons for teens: Getting connected

    Author: Karen Richardson (activities), Ann Foulds (text) Type: News lesson Staff Room

    This month's Spot on news lesson looks at some of the most popular websites in the world, social-networking sites, which are changing the way we all meet and stay in touch with people.

  • Spot on news lessons for teens: Digging for dinos

    Author: Kate Cory-Wright (activities), Mary-Lou Gray (text) Type: News lesson Staff Room

    This news lesson is about dinosaurs and includes some interviews with teen dinosaur experts about their work.

  • Spot on news lessons for teens: King Khan

    Author: Karen Richardson (activities), Irene Ridgeway (text) Type: News lesson Staff Room

    This month's Spot on news lesson is about Shah Rukh Khan - the king of Bollywood!

  • Spot on news lessons for teens: No geeks allowed

    Author: Karen Richardson (activities), Talitha Linehan (text) Type: News lesson Staff Room

    This Spot on news lesson takes a look at why science is such an important part of everyone's life.

  • Spot on news lessons for teens: My holiday

    Author: Kate Cory-Wright (activities), Ann Foulds and Paul Wheatley (text) Type: News lesson Staff Room

    In this month's Spot on news lesson, we meet six teenagers who went to fantastic places on holiday.

  • Spot on news lessons for teens: Challenge yourself

    Author: Karen Richardson (activities), Colm Flynn (text) Type: News lesson Staff Room

    This month's Spot on news lesson is about some inspiring young people: they have learnt new skills and challenged themselves by working for bronze, silver or gold medals.

  • Spot on news lessons for teens: Beautiful, brilliant Brighton

    Author: Karen Richardson (activities), Rebecca Perl (text) Type: News lesson Staff Room

    This Spot on news lesson is about Brighton, on the southern coast of England, known for its wonderful Royal Pavilion and Brighton Pier.

  • Spot on news lessons for teens: School of hope

    Author: Kate Cory-Wright (activities), Mary Beth Maslowski (text) Type: News lesson Staff Room

    This month's Spot on news lesson is about an 18-year-old girl who raised enough money to build a school in Cambodia.

  • Spot on news lessons for teens: Shanghai Star

    Author: Karen Richardson (activities), Talitha Linehan (text) Type: News lesson Staff Room

    This month's Spot on news lesson is about an American teenage actor who moved to China when he was 13 years old.

  • Spot on news lessons for teens : A boy wizard grows up

    Author: Karen Richardson (activities), Jehan Casinader (text) Type: News lesson Staff Room

    This Spot on news lesson features an interview with Harry Potter star, Daniel Radcliffe, who talks about growing up as the infamous boy wizard.

  • Spot on news lessons for teens: Homecoming hero

    Author: Karen Richardson (activities), Talitha Linehan (text) Type: News lesson Staff Room

    This month's Spot on news lesson catches up with American teenage sailor Zac Sunderland, as he embarks on the home stretch of his round-the-world voyage.

  • Spot on news lessons for teens: Land of history, land of legends

    Author: Karen Richardson (activities), Martin Simmonds (text) Type: News lesson Staff Room

    This Spot on news lesson is about south-west England – a land full of ancient mysteries, hands-on history and futuristic fun.

  • Spot on news lessons for teens: One school, 71 languages

    Author: Karen Richardson (activities), Toby Skingsley (text) Type: News lesson Staff Room

    This Spot on news lesson is about the kids in a school in south London. They come from 60 countries and speak a total of 71 languages at home.

  • Spot on news lessons for teens: Cool in Canada

    Author: Karen Richardson (activities), Talitha Linehan (text) Type: News lesson Staff Room

    This month's Spot on news lesson visits Canada, where we meet three teenagers from different parts of the country.

  • Spot on news lessons for teens: Earth in danger

    Author: Karen Richardson (activities), Toby Skingsley, Martin Simmonds and Talitha Linehan (text) Type: News lesson Staff Room

    This Spot on news lesson is about climate change and how we can help to save the planet.

  • Spot on news lessons for teens: The world at your fingertips

    Author: Karen Richardson (activities), Toby Skingsley, Richard Mote and Martin Simmonds (text) Type: News lesson Staff Room

    In this Spot on news lesson, we meet some young people who tell us about their exciting jobs and how they couldn’t do them without speaking English.

  • Spot on news lessons for teens: No girls, no boys!

    Author: Karen Richardson (activities), Talitha Linehan (text) Type: News lesson Staff Room

    This Spot on news lesson looks at the issue of single-sex education, highlighting the views of teenagers and teachers from around the world - do boys and girls learn better when they are in different schools?

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