Prepare enough copies of a photo from News for You to give one to each of your students. Before the students read the story from which the photo came, ask them to write stories to fit the photo. Imagination is welcome here! When they are done, they can read their stories to each other. And then they can read the original story that went with the photo. It can be interesting to see the different interpretations.
Divide the class into pairs or small groups. Then ask each pair or group to select a photo from News for You and come up with a scene based on it, complete with dialogue. Each group will perform its scene for classmates. The rest of the students guess which photo the performers used. This works well for upper-level ESL students.
Set up a regular time for journal writing in class. Subjects for writing can vary, of course, but News for You is a good source of ideas. Pose a question and ask students to write about it. For instance, imagine a photo captioned "Half-Ton Couch." Then pose the question, "What would you do if you woke up one morning and everything in your room was huge?" Students can use imagination as they write their responses.
The activity promotes creativity and humor. You may choose to ask students to share what they have written with their classmates.
The discussion questions in the Teacher's Guide are also good starting points for coming up with writing prompts.
Choose three to five words from a News for You article that you think will be unfamiliar to most of your students. Write the words on the board, then have the students read the article aloud or silently. Have the students try to come up with a definition for the first word based on the context of the article. When they're finished, have them look up the word in a dictionary to check whether they were correct. Repeat these steps with the rest of the words.
Cut out the photos, with captions, from a print copy of News for You. Next, cut out the headlines and the articles separately. Have learners match the photos to the headlines and articles, using clues from reading the captions and text.
Blank out the caption on a photo or infographic and allow students to write captions of their own. This livens up a dull session and brings groups together to share many serious and humorous ideas.