Send students on a treasure hunt to find grammatical structures within News for You.
Distribute a list of the structures you want students to find. Then have the students circle the words/structures they find and write the words on the lists. Ask students to locate, for example, structures like these:
Students could search individually or in small groups. Or you could make a competition of it -- the group that finds all the examples first wins. Vary the difficulty of the structures depending on your students' skill levels.
To help either basic literacy or ESL students with grammar, have them underline a particular part of speech, such as all the nouns in an article. You might have them put one line under subjects and two lines under predicates, or you might have them underline all the prepositional phrases. Students are usually amazed to actually find these in something they are reading.
You may choose to spread these activities into more than one class session.
First, ask students to read an article or articles from News for You. Then ask them to make a list of words that begin with each letter of the alphabet. Or you could draw words from News for You articles for the list yourself.
Set the list up in the first column of a three column grid. Label the columns "Word," "Part of Speech," and "Type."
Next, on that gridded list of words, have students label the nouns and verbs (as the words are used in the NFY article from which they were taken.) Put those labels in the "Part of Speech" column. Then label each noun as "common" or "proper." Label each verb as "action" or "being." Put these choices in the "Type" column.
Finally, have students make up sentences using the words.
With a bunch of colored markers or pens and copies of News for You, ask students to locate various parts of speech in sentences from the newspaper. Provide a key with color coding for each part of speech, and have them find and circle: common nouns, proper nouns, verbs, adjectives, pronouns, adverbs, and conjunctions.
Make a list of homophones based on words in News for You articles. Homophones are words that sound alike but are spelled differently. Have students look at the list and find homophones in the articles.
Here, for example, are words that might go on such a list along with words that students might find in articles: to/too/two, four/for, know/no, inn/in, wood/would.