Available Online: Texts to Use with Secondary Students

The following is a list of specific articles as well as general resources to help you identify appropriate articles to use with your classes. There are both news and opinion pieces represented, many of which include multimedia extras. If you find something great to add or a specific article that worked well for your class please email and let me know: krmahoney@email.wm.edu

Times Topics: The NY Times has created an archive of many of their articles indexed by topic making it simple to find related articles and multimedia pieces on just about any topic that you could ever need. http://www.nytimes.com/pages/topics/

Room for Debate is a forum in which experts on a topic provide different perspectives. Both the original news article and 5-8 related opinion pieces are included for each topic. http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate

The PBS Newshour Extra website includes articles (some with media components) specifically designed for
7-12th grade students on current U.S. and World events, science, economics, health, arts/media. The articles tend to be short, factual, and reader friendly. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/

Krulwich Wonders: NPR Science News Blog. Fascinating topics from the worlds of science, math, history, and philosophy are explored by Robert Krulwich who is excellent at taking very complicated concepts and explaining them so we can understand (without simplifying). Curious and interesting. http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/

StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives.” The StoryCorps website includes 1,000s of audio recordings as well as transcripts and animated short films chronicling the lives of American people. The archive is organized by date and categories (e.g. teachers, friendship, growing up, 9/11, Hurricane Katrina). www.storycorps.org

This I Believe is an international organization engaging people in writing and sharing essays describing the core values that guide their daily lives. Some 100,000 of these essays, written by people from all walks of life, are archived here on our website, heard on public radio, chronicled through our books, and featured in weekly podcasts.” www.thisibelieve.org

Letters of Note: Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience” This blog is updated every weekday with a letter, postcard, memo, etc. from fascinating people including authors, actors, musicians, artists, scientists, and politicians both historical and contemporary. The site includes a well-organized archive of over 800 pieces of correspondence www.lettersofnote.com

The Poetry Foundation website includes annotated poems and articles about poetry as well as animated short films of poetry and audio and video of poet readings.
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/

Poetry Pairings from the New York Times Learning Network pairs a poem from the Poetry Foundation with content from The Times that “echoes, extends or challenges the poem’s themes.” http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/category/poetry-pairings/

Oxford University Press Blog: “Academic Insights for the Thinking World” http://blog.oup.com/

Poetry Resources for Teens from the American Academy of Poets: The “Poems Teens Like” page is an excellent resource for identifying poems to use in class. http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/394

Teen Voices is a website that publishes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry written by teenage girls and includes author interviews and articles on topics of interest to teenagers. http://www.teenvoices.com/

TeenInk is a print and online magazine with nonfiction, poetry, and fiction written by teenagers with publication opportunities. http://www.teenink.com/

This is a series of 15 articles on The Elements of Math by Steven Strogatz, professor of applied mathematics at Cornell University. These are an excellent example of analysis.
http://topics.nytimes.com/top/opinion/series/steven_strogatz_on_the_elements_of_math/index.html

Math 4 Love is a math focused blog on writing about math with real world explanations by 2 math teachers.
http://mathforlove.com/blog/ (I love the entry called “Use Color”)

Number Play from the NY Times Crossword Blog focuses exclusively on numbers and number puzzles with analysis, real world connections, and problems. http://wordplay.blogs.nytimes.com/category/Numberplay/

O Say Can You See? The Smithsonian National Museum of American History Blog
http://blog.americanhistory.si.edu/

Economix: Explaining the Science of Everyday Life: http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/

Freakonomics: The Hidden Side of Everything: http://www.freakonomics.com/blog/

The Wall Street Journal Law Blog: http://blogs.wsj.com/law/

Real Clear Politics compiles top opinion and news pieces every day.
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/?state=nwa

The Library of Congress American Folklife Center newsletter: http://www.loc.gov/folklife/news/index.html

Discoveries: A blog from the Christian Science Monitor that features articles about the latest discoveries in science. http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/Discoveries

13.7 Cosmos and Culture: NPR Opinion Blog. Adam Frank, an astrophysicist from U. of Rochester, Marcelo Gleiser, a theoretical physicist at Dartmouth College; Stuart Kauffman, a biologist from U of Vermont; Barbara King, Biological Anthropologist from The College of William and Mary; and Alva Noe, a philosopher from U of CA, Berkeley all contribute to this reader friendly and engaging blog about the intersection of science and culture. http://www.npr.org/blogs/13.7/

Science News for Kids is a publication of the Society for Science and the Public. Each article includes a glossary of key science terms, images, and links to explore the topic further. http://www.sciencenewsforkids.org/

Inside NOVA is a blog with articles relating to topics on the popular television series. The articles can be read without having seen the program. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/insidenova/

Updates from the Paleontology Lab at the Virginia Museum of Natural History: http://paleolab.org/

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum AIRSPACE blog: http://blog.nasm.si.edu/


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