This article looks at people in 2013 who have made an impact of some kind. It would work well with KS3 classes and offers plenty of writing opportunities.
Click to read the Guardian article
Read through the Guardian's suggestions for their person of the year 2013. Get students to write a piece about who their person of the year is. Leave it as open as you can - they could choose a family member, friend, celebrity etc.
Extend the task to incorporate speaking and listening and get students to to try and 'win' votes for their 'person of the year'
Using the Teachit balloon debate template students have to decide who should be saved!