Notice that he started reading right before he won his first championship last year, and that he has continued to do so into his second. Were the years of failure to win it all before that solely because of his lack of reading? Definitely not. But it has certainly helped. And if it can work for the greatest athlete in the world, why not for you?
Article of the Week
Article of the Week Explained:
For my Honors English I students and students of AP Language & Composition, this year you'll be completing the "Article of the Week" assignment on Fridays.
Article of the Week is a way to practice thinking more deeply about texts. By reading and responding high interest articles of your choice, you are gaining background knowledge of the world, practicing critical thinking skills of analyzing someone else's argument, and reviewing writing models that could help you strengthen your own composition in the future.
Every Friday, students will be asked to do the following:
1. Choose any article you think is interesting from the Big 10 sources on the right. Print it out. (Please look for a "Print" link first)
2. Annotate on the printed copy. Show evidence of a close reading. Also circle your confusion (Confusion is the place where learning occurs). See your notes for more details.
3. Answer the questions (see handout below) in complete sentences on a separate sheet of paper that you will staple to the article. You may either type or handwrite your responses. Use specific details, examples or quotes from the text to support your answer when possible. THINK!
For Honors English I students, the handout for Article of the Week is available here:
For AP Language and Composition students, the handout for Article of the Week is available here:
The Big Ten (Available Publications):
The Atlantic - covers news and analysis on politics, business, culture, technology, national, international and life. www.theatlantic.com
The Chicago Tribune - Chicago breaking news, sports, business, entertainment, weather and traffic. www.chicagotribune.com
The Christian Science Monitor - An international news organization that delivers thoughtful, global coverage. www.csmonitor.com
Grantland - Follow the "Sports Guy" Bill Simmons and his starting rotation of established and up-and-coming writers on Grantland, a site that fully explores the connections between sports and pop culture. www.grantland.com
The Guardian - The latest news, world news, sports, business, comment, analysis and reviews from the world's leading liberal voice. www.theguardian.com
The New Yorker - The online version of the weekly magazine, with current articles, cartoons, blogs, audio, video, slide shows, and an archive of articles and abstracts back to 1925. www.newyorker.com
The New York Times - Find breaking news, multimedia, reviews & opinion on Washington, business, sports, movies, travel, books, jobs, education, real estate, cars & more. www.nytimes.com
Rolling Stone - Features music, album and artist news, movie reviews, political, economic and pop culture commentary, videos, photos, and more. www.rollingstone.com
Salon - An award-winning online news and entertainment Web site, combining original investigative stories, breaking news and provocative personal essays. www.salon.com
Slate - An online magazine of news, politics, and culture. Combines humor and insight in thoughtful analyses of current events and political news. www.slate.com
There's An App For That
One of the easiest ways to browse these websites is with an interactive magazine app, which can take the content from the sites at the right and put it in an easier to navigate form.