Directed activities related to texts (DARTs) are activities which get students to interact with texts. Their aim is to improve students' reading comprehension and to make them critical readers.
Simple search tasks are incredibly easy to set students using the web as a language-learning tool. They don't have to be particularly complicated, or even well researched, although this helps!
Here are two text quickies that I like to use with my learners to prepare them for reading or to follow up on a text they have read.
Newspapers are a useful tool in the ELT classroom for improving reading skills and enhancing students' knowledge of current affairs.