This is a Presidential election year and regardless of what you teach the press will be filled with articles, cartoons and analysis waiting for your students to read and think about critically. One great way to do this is to have you students do a current event every week. You certainly do not have to teach Social Studies to encourage your students to read the news – what about articles on science? Engineering? Climate change?
Many local newspapers have free or near-free subscription offers for schools. I often get a class set of 30 subscriptions and have students cut out (or print out) articles and attach them to the back of this form (Current Event Report form) in order to show that they annotated the article. Having a stack of newspapers is also a great enrichment tool for students who finish early.