Becoming knowledgeable about our society and the world is necessary in order to participate in a democratic society. The better informed you can be about the issues that our society faces, the better equipped you’ll be to meet these challenges. In order to build knowledge, each week you’ll be given an “Article of the Week” (AoW) to read. These brief, contemporary articles will be drawn from a variety of publications like The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Week, and others. Reading widely about our society and the world will also provide valuable background knowledge for the fiction and non-fiction reading you’ll encounter in this class and others. Research has consistently shown that the more you know, the more you’re able to learn.
Our weekly AoW will be posted below every Monday, with the most recent at the bottom. Read and take notes according to the directions for each AoW. On each Friday, you’ll turn in the article and add it to your AoW folder in class. Happy reading!
NOTE: If you’d like to annotate the article directly on the browser screen (rather than printing it out first), there are several online annotation tools that work well. Click here to see some suggestions under “Extensions / Web Apps” and choose the option that works for you depending on your browser (for example, I use the Diigo Extension for Chrome). If your printer is not working, you may also substitute annotation by completing double-entry notes: One a piece of notebook paper, create two columns. The first column should be the paragraph number. In the second column write down your questions, thoughts, and ideas pertaining to each paragraph.
- Soccer’s Corrupt Soul, The Week – DUE Friday, 9/18
- Handcuffed for Making a Clock, Ahmed Mohammed, 14, Wins Time with Obama, New York Times – DUE 9/25 (Alternative link here)
- Pope Francis and His Little Fiat, The New Yorker – DUE 10/2
- Cloning Your Dog – For a Mere $100,000, NPR.org – DUE 10/9
- Young and alone: Europe sees record surge of child refugees, Washington Post – DUE 10/16
- College Kids Have Too Much Privacy, Los Angeles Times – DUE 10/23
- What SnapChat’s Latest Privacy Agreement Means for You, Huffington Post – DUE 11/13.
- Why a Free Speech Fight is Causing Protests at Yale, TIME Magazine – DUE 11/20.
- Paris Attacks Leave Parents, School with Tough Questions, Associated Press – DUE 12/4.
- The Price of Public Shaming in the Internet Age, CNN – DUE 12/11.
- Local Schools Embrace TED Talk Concept, Philadelphia Inquirer – DUE 2/5.
- America is Flint, New York Times – DUE 2/12.
- Point-Counterpoint: Should Superbowl Performances be used as Political Platform? Washington County Pilot-Tribune and Enterprise – DUE 2/19.
- Why emojis are a no-brainer for digital communication, Los Angeles Times – DUE 2/26.
- Six Science-backed Reasons to Go Read a Book Right Now, Huffington Post – DUE 3/4.
- Plagued by worry, “smartphone generation” has harsher view of world, The Guardian – DUE 4/8
- Where’s the color in kids’ literature, National Public Radio, DUE – 4/15
- Can handwriting make you smarter? Wall Street Journal, DUE – 4/22.